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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 photographer, diarist, painter, interior designer and an Academy Award–winning stage and costume designer for films and the ...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 St John Bamber Griffith (born 3 April 1973) is an English/Irish/American actor, known for his roles as Lee Adama in Battlestar Galactica and Detective Sergeant Matt Devlin in the ITV ...more
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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