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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 Charles Robert Darwin, FRS was an English naturalist and geologist, best known for his contributions to evolutionary theory. He established that all species of life have descended over time from ...more

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Robert Oppenheimer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Physicist, Scientist, Theoretical Physicist Julius Robert Oppenheimer was an American theoretical physicist and professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley. He is among the persons who are often called the "father ...more

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Charles, Prince of Wales is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Charles, Prince of Wales, is the eldest child and heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II. Known alternatively in Scotland as Duke of Rothesay and in South West England as Duke of Cornwall, he is ...more

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Evan Wallach is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Judge Evan Jonathan Wallach is an American lawyer and judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. A former judge of the United States Court of International Trade, he is one ...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 James Hugh Calum Laurie, OBE, known professionally as Hugh Laurie, is an English actor, writer, director, musician and comedian. He first became known as one-half of the Fry and Laurie 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 Alan Mathison Turing, OBE, FRS was a British pioneering computer scientist, mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher, mathematical biologist, and marathon and ultra distance runner. He ...more

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Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Businessperson, Screenwriter, Actor Sir Ian Murray McKellen, CH, CBE is an English actor. He is the recipient of six Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BIF Award, two Saturn ...more

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Paula Tallal is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Paula Tallal Paula Tallal is a Rutgers Board of Governors Professor of Neuroscience and co-director of the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey. Tallal ...more

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Arianna Huffington is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Editor, Commentator, Politician Arianna Huffington is a Greek-American author and syndicated columnist. She is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post. She was a popular conservative commentator in the ...more

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John Koskinen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
John Andrew Koskinen is the former Non-Executive Chairman of Freddie Mac from September, 2008 to December, 2011, retiring from the Board in February 2012. On December 20, 2013, Koskinen was ...more

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Stephen Hawking is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Mathematician, Physicist, Professor Stephen William Hawking CH CBE FRS FRSA (8 January 1942 – 14 March 2018) was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical ...more

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James Spudich is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Professor 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 Katherine Mathilda "Tilda" Swinton of Kimmerghame is a British actress and fashion muse known for both arthouse and mainstream films. She has appeared in several films, including Burn ...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 Rachel Hannah Craig, professionally known as Rachel Weisz, is an English film and theatre actress as well as a former fashion model. Weisz began her acting career at Trinity Hall, Cambridge in ...more

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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 Sacha Noam Baron Cohen is an English actor, comedian, and writer. A graduate of Christ's College, Cambridge, Baron Cohen is most widely known for creating and playing four fictional characters: ...more

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Stephen Fry is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Businessperson, Poet, Journalist Stephen John Fry is an English comedian, actor, writer, presenter, and activist. After a troubled childhood and adolescence, during which he was expelled from two schools and spent three months ...more

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Lily Cole is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Model, Actor Lily Luahana Cole (born 27 December 1987) is an English model, actress and entrepreneur. At 16, she was named 2004 Model of the Year at the British Fashion Awards, and in 2009, she was named by ...more

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Marshall McLuhan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Futurist, Educator, Author Herbert Marshall McLuhan, CC was a Canadian philosopher of communication theory and a public intellectual. His work is viewed as one of the cornerstones of the study of media theory, as well as ...more

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James Chadwick is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Physicist Sir James Chadwick, CH, FRS was an English physicist who was awarded the 1935 Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery of the neutron in 1932. In 1941, he wrote the final draft of the MAUD ...more

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Rajiv Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Pilot, Politician Rajiv Ratna Gandhi was the seventh Prime Minister of India, serving from 1984 to 1989. He took office after the 1984 assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, his mother, to become the ...more

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John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer John Marwood Cleese is an English actor, comedian, writer and film producer. He achieved success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and as a scriptwriter and performer on The Frost Report. In the ...more

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Robert Frost is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Poet, Playwright Robert Lee Frost was an American poet. His work was initially published in England before it was published in America. He is highly regarded for his realistic depictions of rural life and his ...more

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Ernest Rutherford is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Physicist, Chemist, Scientist Ernest Rutherford, 1st Baron Rutherford of Nelson, OM FRS was a New Zealand-born British physicist who became known as the father of nuclear physics. Encyclopædia Britannica considers him ...more

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Arthur Stanley Eddington is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Scientist, Astronomer Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington, OM, FRS was a British astronomer, physicist, and mathematician of the early 20th century who did his greatest work in astrophysics. He was also a philosopher of ...more

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Charles Thomson Rees Wilson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Physicist, Chemist, Meteorologist Charles Thomson Rees Wilson, CH, FRS was a Scottish physicist and meteorologist who received the Nobel Prize in physics for his invention of the cloud chamber.

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Joseph John Thomson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Mathematician, Physicist Sir Joseph John "J. J." Thomson, OM, FRS was an English physicist. He was elected as a fellow of the Royal Society of London and appointed to the Cavendish Professorship of ...more

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Rudolf Peierls is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Physicist, Scientist Sir Rudolf Ernst Peierls, CBE was a German-born British physicist. Rudolf Peierls had a major role in Britain's nuclear programme, but he also had a role in many modern sciences. His obituary in ...more

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Rupert Brooke is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Poet, Writer Rupert Chawner Brooke was an English poet known for his idealistic war sonnets written during the First World War, especially "The Soldier". He was also known for his boyish good ...more

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Adrian Cadbury is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Adrian Cadbury Sir George Adrian Hayhurst Cadbury CH, DL is a former British Olympic rower and Chairman of Cadbury and Cadbury Schweppes for 24 years. He has been a pioneer in raising the awareness and ...more

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Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter Emma Thompson is a British actress, comedienne, screenwriter and author. Cited as one of the greatest British actresses of her generation, she is known for her portrayals of reticent women in ...more

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Harold Davenport is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Mathematician Harold Davenport FRS was an English mathematician, known for his extensive work in number theory.

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Ray Dolby is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Inventor, Electrical engineer, Engineer Ray Milton Dolby, OBE was an American engineer and inventor of the noise reduction system known as Dolby NR. He helped develop the video tape recorder while at Ampex. He was the founder of Dolby ...more

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Jimmy Carr is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter James Anthony Patrick "Jimmy" Carr is an English stand-up comedian, television host and actor, known for his signature laugh, deadpan delivery, dark humour, and use of edgy one-liners. ...more

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Michael Redgrave is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Theatre Director, Screenwriter, Actor Sir Michael Scudamore Redgrave CBE was an English stage and film actor, director, manager and author.

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Subhash Chandra Bose is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Politician Subhas Chandra Bose was an Indian nationalist whose attempt during World War II to rid India of British rule with the help of Nazi Germany and Japan left a troubled legacy. The honorific Netaji, ...more

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Mihajlo Idvorski Pupin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Physicist, Chemist, Professor Mihajlo Idvorski Pupin, Ph.D., LL.D., also known as Michael I. Pupin, was a Serbian American physicist and physical chemist. Pupin is best known for his numerous patents, including a means of ...more

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Ludwig Wittgenstein is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Architect, Philosopher, Teacher Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein was an Austrian-British philosopher who worked primarily in logic, the philosophy of mathematics, the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of language. From ...more

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Homi J. Bhabha is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Physicist, Scientist Homi Jehangir Bhabha, FRS was an Indian nuclear physicist, founding director, and professor of physics at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. Colloquially known as "father of Indian ...more

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Graham Chapman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Comedian, Screenwriter, Physician Graham Arthur Chapman was an English comedian, writer, actor, and one of the six members of the surreal comedy group Monty Python.

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Dian Fossey is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Anthropologist, Researcher, Scientist Dian Fossey was an American zoologist, primatologist, and anthropologist who undertook an extensive study of gorilla groups over a period of 18 years. She studied them daily in the mountain ...more

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Sam Mendes is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Television director, Theatre Director, Television producer Samuel Alexander "Sam" Mendes, CBE is an English stage and film director. He is best known for directing the comedy-drama film American Beauty, which earned him the Academy Award and ...more

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William Fox Talbot is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Inventor, Photographer William Henry Fox Talbot was a British inventor and photography pioneer who invented the calotype process, a precursor to photographic processes of the 19th and 20th centuries. Talbot was also a ...more

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Nicholas Hytner is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Theatre Director, Theatrical producer, Film Director Sir Nicholas Robert Hytner is a theatre and film director. He was previously the Artistic Director of London's National Theatre. His major successes while director include Miss Saigon, The ...more

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Har Gobind Khorana is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Har Gobind Khorana also known as Hargobind Khorana was an Indian-American biochemist who shared the 1968 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine with Marshall W. Nirenberg and Robert W. Holley ...more

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E. M. Forster is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Librettist, Novelist, Author Edward Morgan Forster OM, CH was an English novelist, short story writer, essayist and librettist. He is known best for his ironic and well-plotted novels examining class difference and ...more

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Alistair Appleton is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Presenter Alistair Appleton is a British television presenter.

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John Maynard Keynes is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Politician, Investor, Economist John Maynard Keynes, 1st Baron Keynes, CB, FBA, was a British economist whose ideas have fundamentally affected the theory and practice of modern macroeconomics and informed the economic ...more

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Philip Hensher is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Journalist, Novelist, Critic Philip Michael Hensher FRSL is an English novelist, critic and journalist.

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Simon Russell Beale is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni
Historian, Actor Simon Russell Beale, CBE is an English actor and music historian. He has been described by The Independent as "the greatest stage actor of his generation." He has appeared in ...more