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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 known for their role in the Manhattan ...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