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Famous St John's College, Cambridge Alumni

Updated October 13, 2018 4.8k views350 items

List RulesPeople 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?”
  • 1
    Cecil Beaton

    Cecil Beaton

    Scenic Designer, Painter

    AgeDec. at 76 (1904-1980)

    BirthplaceHampstead, London, United Kingdom

    Sir Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton CBE (14 January 1904 – 18 January 1980) was an English fashion,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 2
    John Dee

    John Dee

    Librarian, Mathematician

    AgeDec. at 82 (1527-1609)

    BirthplaceTower, United Kingdom, United Kingdom, with Dependencies and Territories

    John Dee (13 July 1527 – 1608 or 1609) was an English/Welsh mathematician, astronomer,... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Jamie Bamber


    BirthplaceHammersmith, London, United Kingdom

    Jamie St John Bamber Griffith (born 3 April 1973) is an English/Irish/American actor, known... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    Nevill Francis Mott

    AgeDec. at 91 (1905-1996)

    BirthplaceLeeds, United Kingdom

    Sir Nevill Francis Mott (30 September 1905 – 8 August 1996) was a British physicist who won... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Samuel Butler

    Samuel Butler

    Novelist, Writer

    AgeDec. at 67 (1835-1902)

    BirthplaceLangar, Nottinghamshire, Eurasia, United Kingdom

    Samuel Butler (4 December 1835 – 18 June 1902) was the iconoclastic English author of the... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6

    AgeDec. at 88 (1926-2014)

    BirthplaceRochester, New York

    James Alexander "Sandy" Green FRS (26 February 1926 – 7 April 2014) was a mathematician and... more on Wikipedia
  • 7

    AgeDec. at 73 (1939-2012)

    BirthplaceSutton Coldfield, United Kingdom

    Jonathan Harvey was a British composer. He held teaching positions at universities and music... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Douglas Adams

    Douglas Adams

    Humorist, Novelist

    AgeDec. at 49 (1952-2001)

    BirthplaceCambridge, United Kingdom

    Douglas Noel Adams (11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001) was an English author, screenwriter,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 9
    William Wilberforce

    AgeDec. at 74 (1759-1833)

    BirthplaceKingston upon Hull, United Kingdom

    William Wilberforce (24 August 1759 – 29 July 1833) was a British politician, philanthropist,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 10
    Derek Jacobi

    Derek Jacobi

    Theatre Director, Actor


    BirthplaceEngland, London

    Sir Derek George Jacobi (; born 22 October 1938) is an English actor and stage director. A... more on Wikipedia

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  • 11
    William Morgan
    William Morgan (1545 – 10 September 1604) was Bishop of Llandaff and of St Asaph, and the... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Gabriel Goodman

    Gabriel Goodman

    Gabriel Goodman (6 November 1528 – 17 June 1601) became the Dean of Westminster on 23... more on Wikipedia
  • 13

    Natasha Walter

    Author, Writer


    BirthplaceUnited Kingdom

    Natasha Walter (born 20 January 1967) is a British feminist writer and human rights activist.... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Roger Penrose

    Roger Penrose

    Mathematician, Physicist


    BirthplaceColchester, United Kingdom

    Sir Roger Penrose (born 8 August 1931) is an English mathematical physicist, mathematician... more on Wikipedia

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  • 15
    Robert Herrick

    Robert Herrick

    Poet, Clergy

    AgeDec. at 83 (1591-1674)

    BirthplaceCheapside, United Kingdom

    Robert Herrick (baptised 24 August 1591 – buried 15 October 1674) was a 17th-century English... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Paul Dirac

    Paul Dirac

    Mathematician, Physicist

    AgeDec. at 82 (1902-1984)

    BirthplaceBristol, United Kingdom

    Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac (; 8 August 1902 – 20 October 1984) was an English theoretical... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Alfred Mond, 1st Baron Melchett

    Alfred Mond, 1st Baron Melchett

    Business magnate, Politician

    AgeDec. at 62 (1868-1930)

    BirthplaceCheshire, Eurasia, Lancashire, Farnworth, United Kingdom

    Alfred Moritz Mond, 1st Baron Melchett, PC, FRS, DL (23 October 1868 – 27 December 1930),... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    John Couch Adams

    John Couch Adams

    Mathematician, Astronomer

    AgeDec. at 73 (1819-1892)

    BirthplaceLaneast, United Kingdom

    John Couch Adams (; 5 June 1819 – 21 January 1892) was a British mathematician and... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    John Ambrose Fleming

    John Ambrose Fleming

    Physicist, Electrical engineer

    AgeDec. at 96 (1849-1945)

    BirthplaceLancaster, United Kingdom

    Sir John Ambrose Fleming FRS (29 November 1849 – 18 April 1945) was an English electrical... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Maurice Vincent Wilkes

    Maurice Vincent Wilkes

    Physicist, Professor

    AgeDec. at 97 (1913-2010)

    BirthplaceDudley, United Kingdom

    Sir Maurice Vincent Wilkes (26 June 1913 – 29 November 2010) was a British computer scientist... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Manmohan Singh

    Manmohan Singh

    Statesman, Politician


    BirthplaceGah, Pakistan, Pakistan

    Manmohan Singh (Punjabi: [mənˈmoːɦən ˈsɪ́ŋɡ] (listen); born 26 September 1932) is an Indian... more on Wikipedia
  • 22

    John Tuzo Wilson

    Physicist, Geologist

    AgeDec. at 85 (1908-1993)

    BirthplaceOttawa, Canada

    John Tuzo Wilson, CC, OBE, FRS, FRSC, FRSE (October 24, 1908 – April 15, 1993) was a Canadian... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Norman Heatley

    Norman Heatley

    Biochemist, Biologist

    AgeDec. at 93 (1911-2004)

    BirthplaceWoodbridge, England

    Norman George Heatley OBE (10 January 1911 – 5 January 2004) was an English biologist and... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

    AgeDec. at 81 (1784-1865)

    BirthplaceEurasia, Westminster, United Kingdom, London, England

    Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, (20 October 1784 – 18 October 1865) was a British... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Walter Frank Raphael Weldon

    AgeDec. at 46 (1860-1906)

    BirthplaceHighgate, London, United Kingdom

    Walter Frank Raphael Weldon DSc FRS (15 March 1860 in Highgate, London – 13 April 1906 in... more on Wikipedia