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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Somerville College, Oxford and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Somerville College, Oxford, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Somerville College, Oxford include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Somerville College, Oxford alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Somerville College, Oxford are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Somerville College, Oxford.

List is made up of graduates like Margaret Thatcher and Indira Gandhi.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Somerville College, Oxford?” and “Which celebrities are Somerville College, Oxford alumni?”
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Indira Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Politician
Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi was the fourth Prime Minister of India and a central figure of the Indian National Congress party. Indira Gandhi was the only child of the first Indian Prime ...more
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Margaret Thatcher is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Statesman, Politician, Chemist
Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, LG, OM, PC, FRS was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and the Leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990. She was the ...more
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Iris Murdoch is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer
Dame Jean Iris Murdoch DBE was an Irish-born British author and philosopher, best known for her novels about good and evil, sexual relationships, morality, and the power of the unconscious. Her ...more
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Dorothy L. Sayers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Copywriter, Poet, Novelist
Dorothy Leigh Sayers was a renowned English writer, poet, playwright, essayist, translator and Christian humanist. She was also a student of classical and modern languages. She is best known for ...more
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A. S. Byatt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Poet, Novelist, Author
Dame Antonia Susan Duffy, DBE, known as A. S. Byatt, is an English novelist, poet and Booker Prize winner. In 2008, The Times newspaper named her on its list of the 50 greatest British writers ...more
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Kathleen Kenyon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Archaeologist
Dame Kathleen Mary Kenyon, DBE, was a leading archaeologist of Neolithic culture in the Fertile Crescent. Former Principal of St Hugh's College, Oxford and best known for her excavations of ...more
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Esther Rantzen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Journalist, Television producer, Presenter
Dame Esther Louise Rantzen DBE is an English journalist and television presenter, best known for presenting the hit BBC television series That's Life! for 21 years from 1973 until 1994. She is ...more
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Dorothy Hodgkin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Chemist
Dorothy Mary Hodgkin, OM, FRS, known professionally as Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin or simply Dorothy Hodgkin, was a British biochemist who developed protein crystallography, for which she was won ...more
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Vera Brittain is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Nurse, Novelist, Writer
Vera Mary Brittain was an English writer and pacifist. Her best-selling 1933 memoir Testament of Youth recounted her experiences during the First World War and the beginning of her journey ...more
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Philippa Foot is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Philosopher
Philippa Ruth Foot was a British philosopher, most notable for her works in ethics. She was one of the founders of contemporary virtue ethics, that was originally based on the ethics of ...more
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Eleanor Rathbone is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Politician
Eleanor Florence Rathbone was an independent British Member of Parliament and long-term campaigner for women's rights. She was a member of the noted Rathbone family of Liverpool.
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Kathleen Ollerenshaw is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Kathleen Ollerenshaw Mathematician, Politician
Dame Kathleen Mary Ollerenshaw, née Timpson, DBE and DStJ order of St John was a British mathematician and politician who was Lord Mayor of Manchester from 1975 to 1976 and an advisor on ...more
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Olive Willis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Olive Willis
Olive Margaret Willis was an English educationist and headmistress. She founded Downe House School and was its head for nearly forty years, from 1907 to 1946.
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Premiership of Margaret Thatch... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Premiership of Margaret Thatcher Lawyer, Scientist
The Premiership of Margaret Thatcher began on 4 May 1979 following the victory of the Conservative Party in the 1979 general election.
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Sarah Ioannides is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Conductor, Music Director
Sarah Ioannides is a Greek Cypriot-Scottish-Australian conductor. Her father, Ayis Ioannides, is a conductor and composer of Greek Cypriot ancestry. Her mother is of Scottish ancestry. Ioannides ...more
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Barbara Ward is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Journalist, Economist, Writer
Barbara Mary Ward, later Baroness Jackson of Lodsworth, was a British economist and writer interested in the problems of developing countries. She urged Western governments to share their ...more
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Celia Green is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Celia Green Philosopher
Celia Elizabeth Green is a British writer on philosophical scepticism, twentieth-century thought, and psychology.
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Shirley Williams is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Politician, Journalist, Professor
Shirley Vivian Teresa Brittain Williams, Baroness Williams of Crosby, PC, née Catlin, is a British politician and academic. Originally a Labour Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister, ...more
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Shriti Vadera, Baroness Vadera is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Politician, Banker
Shriti Vadera, Baroness Vadera, PC is a British investment banker and politician. Until September 2009, she was a government minister jointly for the Department for Business, Innovation and ...more
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Margaret Forster is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Journalist, Novelist
Margaret Forster is an English author. She was born in Carlisle, England, where she attended Carlisle and County High School for Girls, and then won an Open Scholarship to read modern history at ...more
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Michèle Roberts is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Poet, Journalist, Novelist
Michèle Brigitte Roberts is a British writer, novelist and poet. She was the daughter of a French Catholic teacher mother and English Protestant father, and has dual UK–France
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Genevieve Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Philosopher
Genevieve Lloyd is an Australian philosopher and feminist. She studied philosophy at the University of Sydney in the early 1960s and then at Somerville College, Oxford. Her D.Phil, awarded in ...more
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Nia Griffith is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Politician
Nia Rhiannon Griffith is a British Labour Party politician, who has been the Member of Parliament for Llanelli since 2005. She is currently Shadow Minister for Wales, deputy to Shadow Secretary ...more
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Nina Bawden is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer
Nina Bawden CBE FRSL JP was an English novelist and children's writer. She was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1987 and the Lost Man Booker Prize in 2010. She is one of a select group to ...more
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Rose Macaulay is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Somerville College, Oxford Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer
Dame Emilie Rose Macaulay, DBE was an English writer. She published thirty-five books, mostly novels but also biographies and travel writing.