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Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni

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List Rules People on this list must have gone to University of Cambridge and be of some renown.

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

The list you're viewing is made up of many different graduates, including Rachel Weisz and Hugh Laurie.

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Charles Darwin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Biologist, Scientist, Naturalist

Age: Dec. at 73 (1809-1882)

Birthplace: The Mount, Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

Charles Robert Darwin, (; 12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist, geologist and biologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution. His proposition that ...more

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Robert Oppenheimer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Physicist, Scientist, Theoretical Physicist

Age: Dec. at 63 (1904-1967)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Julius Robert Oppenheimer (; April 22, 1904 – February 18, 1967) was an American theoretical physicist and professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley. Oppenheimer was the ...more

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Charles, Prince of Wales... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni

Age: 70

Birthplace: Buckingham Palace, London, England

Charles, Prince of Wales (Charles Philip Arthur George; born 14 November 1948) is the heir apparent to the British throne as the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II. He has been Duke of Cornwall ...more

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Evan Wallach is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Judge

Age: 69

Birthplace: Superior, Arizona, United States of America

Evan Jonathan Wallach (born November 11, 1949) is an American lawyer and United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. A former United States Judge ...more
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Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Musician

Age: 59

Birthplace: Oxford, United Kingdom

James Hugh Calum Laurie, (; born 11 June 1959) is an English actor, director, singer, musician, comedian and author. Laurie first gained recognition for his work as one half of the comedy double ...more

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Alan Turing is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Mathematician, Logician, Computer scientist

Age: Dec. at 42 (1912-1954)

Birthplace: Maida Vale, London, United Kingdom

Alan Mathison Turing (; 23 June 1912 – 7 June 1954) was an English mathematician, computer scientist, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher and theoretical biologist. Turing was highly influential ...more

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Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Businessperson, Screenwriter, Actor

Age: 79

Birthplace: Burnley, United Kingdom

Sir Ian Murray McKellen (born 25 May 1939) is an English actor. His career spans genres ranging from Shakespearean and modern theatre to popular fantasy and science fiction. He is the recipient ...more

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Paula Tallal is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Paula Tallal

Age: 72

Paula Tallal (born 1947) is a Rutgers Board of Governors Professor of Neuroscience and co-director of the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience (CMBN) at Rutgers University in Newark, ...more
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Arianna Huffington is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Editor, Commentator, Politician

Age: 68

Birthplace: Athens, Greece

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John Koskinen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni

Age: 79

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio

John Andrew Koskinen (born June 30, 1939) is an American businessman and public official of Finnish descent. He served as the non-executive chairman of Freddie Mac from September 2008 to ...more
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Stephen Hawking is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Mathematician, Physicist, Professor

Age: 77

Birthplace: England, Oxford

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James Spudich is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Professor

Age: 77

Birthplace: Benld, Illinois

James A. Spudich of Croatian ancestry is the Douglass M. and Nola Leishman Professor of Biochemistry and of Cardiovascular Disease at Stanford University and works on the molecular basis of ...more
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Tilda Swinton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Film Producer, Model, Screenwriter

Age: 58

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Katherine Matilda Swinton (born 5 November 1960) is an English actress. She is known for her roles in both independent arthouse films and blockbusters. She won the Academy Award for Best ...more

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David N. Reilly is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
David N. Reilly
Nick Reilly has served as president of GM Asia Pacific and GM group vice president since July 1, 2006. Based in Shanghai, China, he is also chairman of both the GM Daewoo Auto and Technology ...more
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Rachel Weisz is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Fashion Model, Actor, Voice acting

Age: 48

Birthplace: Westminster, London, United Kingdom

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Sacha Baron Cohen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Fashion Model

Age: 47

Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

Sacha Noam Baron Cohen (Hebrew: סשה נועם ברון כהן‎; born 13 October 1971) is an English actor, comedian, screenwriter, director and film producer. He is known for creating and portraying many ...more

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Stephen Fry is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Businessperson, Poet, Journalist

Age: 61

Birthplace: Hampstead, London, United Kingdom

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Lily Cole is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Model, Actor

Age: 28

Birthplace: Torquay, England

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Marshall McLuhan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Futurist, Educator, Author

Age: Dec. at 69 (1911-1980)

Birthplace: Edmonton, Canada

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James Chadwick is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
James Chadwick Physicist

Age: Dec. at 83 (1891-1974)

Birthplace: Bollington, England

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Rajiv Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Pilot, Politician

Age: Dec. at 47 (1944-1991)

Birthplace: Mumbai, India

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John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer

Age: 79

Birthplace: Eurasia, Weston-super-Mare, South West England, United Kingdom, North Somerset, + more

John Marwood Cleese (; born 27 October 1939) is an English actor, voice actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer. He achieved success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and as a scriptwriter ...more

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Robert Frost is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Poet, Playwright

Age: Dec. at 89 (1874-1963)

Birthplace: California

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Ernest Rutherford is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Physicist, Chemist, Scientist

Age: Dec. at 66 (1871-1937)

Birthplace: Brightwater, New Zealand

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Arthur Stanley Eddington... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Scientist, Astronomer

Age: Dec. at 62 (1882-1944)

Birthplace: Kendal, United Kingdom

Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington (28 December 1882 – 22 November 1944) was an English astronomer, physicist, and mathematician. He was also a philosopher of science and a populariser of science. The ...more