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List Rules People on this list must have gone to St John's College, Cambridge and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from St John's College, Cambridge, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from St John's College, Cambridge include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished St John's College, Cambridge alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended St John's College, Cambridge 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 St John's College, Cambridge.

Items on this list include Derek Jacobi and Douglas Adams.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to St John's College, Cambridge?” and “Which celebrities are St John's College, Cambridge alumni?”

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Cecil Beaton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous St John's College, Cambridge Alumni
Scenic Designer, Painter, Interior designer Sir Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton CBE was an English fashion, portrait and war photographer, diarist, painter, interior designer and an Academy Award–winning stage and costume designer for films and ...more

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John Dee is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous St John's College, Cambridge Alumni
Librarian, Mathematician, Astrologer John Dee was a mathematician, astronomer, astrologer, occult philosopher, imperialist and adviser to Queen Elizabeth I. He devoted much of his life to the study of alchemy, divination and ...more

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Jamie Bamber is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous St John's College, Cambridge Alumni
Actor Jamie Bamber is an actor.

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Nevill Francis Mott is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous St John's College, Cambridge Alumni
Physicist Sir Nevill Francis Mott, CH, FRS was an English physicist who won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1977 for his work on the electronic structure of magnetic and disordered systems, especially ...more

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Samuel Butler is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous St John's College, Cambridge Alumni
Novelist, Writer Samuel Butler was an iconoclastic Victorian-era English author who published a variety of works. Two of his most famous pieces are the Utopian satire Erewhon and a semi-autobiographical novel ...more

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James Alexander Green is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous St John's College, Cambridge Alumni
Mathematician James Alexander "Sandy" Green FRS was a mathematician and Professor at the Mathematics Institute at the University of Warwick, who worked in the field of representation theory.

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Jonathan Harvey is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous St John's College, Cambridge Alumni
Composer Jonathan Harvey was a British composer. He held teaching positions at universities and music conservatories in Europe and the USA and was frequently invited to teach in summer schools around the ...more

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Douglas Adams is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous St John's College, Cambridge Alumni
Humorist, Novelist, Screenwriter Douglas Noel Adams was an English writer, humorist, and dramatist. Adams is best known as the author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which originated in 1978 as a BBC radio comedy ...more

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William Wilberforce is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous St John's College, Cambridge Alumni
Politician William Wilberforce was an English politician, philanthropist, and a leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade. A native of Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, he began his political career ...more

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Derek Jacobi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous St John's College, Cambridge Alumni
Theatre Director, Actor, Voice acting Sir Derek George Jacobi CBE is an English actor and stage director. A "forceful, commanding stage presence", Jacobi has enjoyed a highly successful stage career, appearing in such ...more

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William Morgan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous St John's College, Cambridge Alumni
William Morgan was Bishop of Llandaff and of St Asaph, and the translator of the first version of the whole Bible into Welsh from Greek and Hebrew.

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Gabriel Goodman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous St John's College, Cambridge Alumni
Gabriel Goodman Gabriel Goodman became the Dean of Westminster on 23rd September 1561 and the re-founder of Ruthin School, in Ruthin, Denbighshire. In 1568 he translated the “First Epistle to the ...more

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Natasha Walter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous St John's College, Cambridge Alumni
Natasha Walter Author, Writer Natasha Walter is a British feminist writer and human rights activist. She is the author of Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism and The New Feminism, and is the director of Women for Refugee

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Roger Penrose is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous St John's College, Cambridge Alumni
Mathematician, Physicist, Professor Sir Roger Penrose OM FRS is an English mathematical physicist, mathematician and philosopher of science. He is the Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at the Mathematical Institute of ...more

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Robert Herrick is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous St John's College, Cambridge Alumni
Poet, Clergy, Cleric Robert Herrick was a 17th-century English lyric poet and cleric. He is best known for his book of poems, Hesperides. This includes the carpe diem poem To the Virgins, To Make Much of Time, with ...more

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Paul Dirac is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous St John's College, Cambridge Alumni
Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac OM FRS was an English theoretical physicist who made fundamental contributions to the early development of both quantum mechanics and quantum electrodynamics. He was ...more

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Alfred Mond, 1st Baron Melchet... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous St John's College, Cambridge Alumni
Business magnate, Politician, Financier Alfred Moritz Mond, 1st Baron Melchett, PC, FRS, known as Sir Alfred Mond, Bt, between 1910 and 1928, was a British industrialist, financier and politician. In his later life he became an active ...more

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John Couch Adams is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous St John's College, Cambridge Alumni
Mathematician, Astronomer John Couch Adams FRS was a British mathematician and astronomer. Adams was born in Laneast, near Launceston, Cornwall, and died in Cambridge. The Cornish name Couch is pronounced ...more

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John Ambrose Fleming is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous St John's College, Cambridge Alumni
Physicist, Electrical engineer, Engineer Sir John Ambrose Fleming FRS was a British electrical engineer and physicist. He is known for inventing the first thermionic valve or vacuum tube. He is also famous for the left hand rule. He ...more

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Maurice Vincent Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous St John's College, Cambridge Alumni
Physicist, Professor, Computer scientist Sir Maurice Vincent Wilkes FRS, FREng, DFBCS was a British computer scientist credited with several important developments in computing. At the time of his death, Wilkes was an Emeritus ...more

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Manmohan Singh is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous St John's College, Cambridge Alumni
Statesman, Politician, Bureaucrat Manmohan Singh is an Indian economist who served as the 14th Prime Minister of India from 2004 to 2014. The first Sikh in office, Singh was the first prime minister since Jawaharlal Nehru to be ...more

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John Tuzo Wilson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous St John's College, Cambridge Alumni
Physicist, Geologist John Tuzo Wilson, CC, OBE, FRS, FRSC, FRSE was a Canadian geophysicist and geologist who achieved worldwide acclaim for his contributions to the theory of plate tectonics. Plate tectonics is the ...more

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Norman Heatley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous St John's College, Cambridge Alumni
Biochemist, Biologist Norman George Heatley was a member of the team of Oxford University scientists who developed penicillin. Norman Heatley developed the back extraction technique for efficiently purifying ...more

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Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscoun... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous St John's College, Cambridge Alumni
Statesman Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, KG, GCB, PC was a British statesman who served twice as Prime Minister in the mid-19th century. Popularly nicknamed "Pam", he was in ...more

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Walter Frank Raphael Weldon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous St John's College, Cambridge Alumni
Statistician Walter Frank Raphael Weldon DSc FRS generally called Raphael Weldon, was an English evolutionary biologist and a founder of biometry. He was the joint founding editor of Biometrika, with Francis ...more

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Thomas Jones is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous St John's College, Cambridge Alumni
Mathematician, Astronomer Thomas Jones was Head Tutor at Trinity College, Cambridge for twenty years and an outstanding teacher of mathematics. He is notable as a mentor of Adam Sedgwick. Jones was born at Berriew, ...more

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Alfred Domett is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous St John's College, Cambridge Alumni
Politician, Barrister, Writer Alfred Domett, CMG was an English colonial statesman and poet. He was New Zealand's fourth Premier.

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George Julius Poulett Scrope is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous St John's College, Cambridge Alumni
Geologist George Julius Poulett Scrope FRS was an English geologist and political economist as well as a magistrate for Stroud in Gloucestershire. He was the second son of J. Poulett Thompson of Waverley ...more

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Richard A. Proctor is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous St John's College, Cambridge Alumni
Astronomer Richard Anthony Proctor was an English astronomer. He is best remembered for having produced one of the earliest maps of Mars in 1867 from 27 drawings by the English observer William Rutter ...more

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Allan McLeod Cormack is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous St John's College, Cambridge Alumni
Physicist Allan MacLeod Cormack was a South African American physicist who won the 1979 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work on X-ray computed tomography.

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Fred Hoyle is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous St John's College, Cambridge Alumni
Physicist, Novelist, Writer Sir Fred Hoyle FRS was a famous English astronomer noted primarily for the theory of stellar nucleosynthesis and his often controversial stances on other scientific matters—in particular his ...more

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Nigel Dodds is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous St John's College, Cambridge Alumni
Politician, Barrister Nigel Alexander Dodds, OBE, PC, MP is a barrister and Northern Irish unionist politician. He is Member of Parliament for Belfast North, and deputy leader of the Democratic Unionist Party. He has ...more

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Jonathan Miller is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous St John's College, Cambridge Alumni
Editor, Television director, Television producer Sir Jonathan Wolfe Miller, CBE is a British theatre and opera director, actor, author, television presenter, humourist, and medical doctor. While training in medicine, and specializing in ...more

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Edward Victor Appleton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous St John's College, Cambridge Alumni
Physicist Sir Edward Victor Appleton, GBE, KCB, FRS was an English physicist. He won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1947 for his seminal work proving the existence of the ionosphere during experiments ...more

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Mervyn King is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous St John's College, Cambridge Alumni
Professor, Economist, Banker Sir Mervyn Allister King, Baron King of Lothbury, KG GBE FBA was the Governor of the Bank of England and Chairman of its Monetary Policy Committee from 2003 to 2013. He had been Deputy Governor ...more

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Maurice Wilkins is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous St John's College, Cambridge Alumni
Physicist, Scientist Maurice Hugh Frederick Wilkins CBE FRS was a New Zealand-born English physicist and molecular biologist, and Nobel Laureate whose research contributed to the scientific understanding of ...more

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Wee Chong Jin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous St John's College, Cambridge Alumni
Judge, Lawyer Wee Chong Jin was a Singaporean judge and the first Chief Justice of the country.

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John Stevens Henslow is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous St John's College, Cambridge Alumni
Geologist, Botanist John Stevens Henslow was an English clergyman, botanist and geologist. He is best remembered as friend and mentor to his pupil Charles Darwin.

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Isaac Todhunter is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous St John's College, Cambridge Alumni
Mathematician Isaac Todhunter FRS, was an English mathematician who is best known today for the books he wrote on mathematics and its history.

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Sarah Teather is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous St John's College, Cambridge Alumni
Politician Sarah Louise Teather is a British Liberal Democrat politician and founder of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Guantanamo Bay. She is currently Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on ...more

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John Herschel is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous St John's College, Cambridge Alumni
Mathematician, Chemist, Inventor Sir John Frederick William Herschel, 1st Baronet, KH, FRS was an English polymath, mathematician, astronomer, chemist, inventor, and experimental photographer, who in some years also did ...more

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Kenneth Thomson, 2nd Baron Tho... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous St John's College, Cambridge Alumni
Kenneth Thomson, 2nd Baron Thomson of Fleet, in Canada known as Ken Thomson, was a Canadian businessman and art collector who, at the time of his death, was the richest person in Canada, and the ...more

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Vivian Fuchs is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous St John's College, Cambridge Alumni
Explorer Sir Vivian Ernest Fuchs FRS was an English explorer whose expeditionary team completed the first overland crossing of Antarctica in 1958.

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Hugh Dennis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous St John's College, Cambridge Alumni
Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor Peter Hugh Dennis is an English comedian, actor, writer, impressionist and voice-over artist, best known for being one half of Punt and Dennis with comedy partner Steve Punt, and playing Pete ...more

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George Villiers, 4th Earl of C... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous St John's College, Cambridge Alumni
Politician George William Frederick Villiers, 4th Earl of Clarendon KG, GCB, PC, was an English diplomat and statesman from the Villiers family.

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Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of ... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous St John's College, Cambridge Alumni
Politician Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford was an English statesman and a major figure in the period leading up to the English Civil War. He served in Parliament and was a supporter of King Charles ...more

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James Joseph Sylvester is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous St John's College, Cambridge Alumni
Mathematician, Scientist James Joseph Sylvester FRS was an English mathematician. He made fundamental contributions to matrix theory, invariant theory, number theory, partition theory and combinatorics. He played a ...more

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Robert Stewart, Viscount Castl... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous St John's College, Cambridge Alumni
Politician Robert Stewart, 2nd Marquess of Londonderry KG GCH PC PC, usually known as Lord Castlereagh, was an Irish and British statesman. As British Foreign Secretary, from 1812 he was central to the ...more

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Arthur Middleton is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous St John's College, Cambridge Alumni
Arthur Middleton, of Charleston, South Carolina, was a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence. His parents were Henry Middleton and Mary Baker Williams, both of English descent. ...more

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Pete Atkin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous St John's College, Cambridge Alumni
Radio producer, Singer-songwriter, Voice acting Pete Atkin is a British singer-songwriter and radio producer notable for his 1970s musical collaborations with Clive James and for producing the BBC Radio 4 series This Sceptred Isle.