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Famous University Of Cambridge Alumni

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List RulesPeople 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.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to University of Cambridge?” and “Which celebrities are University of Cambridge alumni?” Take a look at these Cambridge University alumni.

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  • Charles Darwin1

    Charles Darwin

    Biologist, Scientist

    AgeDec. at 73 (1809-1882)

    BirthplaceThe Mount, Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

    Charles Robert Darwin, (; 12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist,... more on Wikipedia
  • Robert Oppenheimer2

    Robert Oppenheimer

    Physicist, Scientist

    AgeDec. at 63 (1904-1967)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Julius Robert Oppenheimer (; April 22, 1904 – February 18, 1967) was an American theoretical... more on Wikipedia

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  • Charles, Prince of Wales3
    Charles, Prince of Wales (Charles Philip Arthur George; born 14 November 1948) is the heir... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4


    BirthplaceSuperior, Arizona, United States of America

    Evan Jonathan Wallach (born November 11, 1949) is an American lawyer and United States Circuit... more on Wikipedia
  • Hugh Laurie5

    Hugh Laurie

    Television director, Television producer


    BirthplaceOxford, United Kingdom

    James Hugh Calum Laurie, (; born 11 June 1959) is an English actor, director, singer,... more on Wikipedia
  • Alan Turing6

    Alan Turing

    Mathematician, Logician

    AgeDec. at 42 (1912-1954)

    BirthplaceMaida Vale, London, United Kingdom

    Alan Mathison Turing (; 23 June 1912 – 7 June 1954) was an English mathematician, computer... more on Wikipedia

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  • Ian McKellen7

    Ian McKellen

    Businessperson, Screenwriter


    BirthplaceBurnley, United Kingdom

    Sir Ian Murray McKellen (born 25 May 1939) is an English actor. His career spans genres... more on Wikipedia

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  • 8

    Paula Tallal

    Paula Tallal (born 1947) is a Rutgers Board of Governors Professor of Neuroscience and... more on Wikipedia
  • Arianna Huffington9

    Arianna Huffington

    Editor, Commentator


    BirthplaceAthens, Greece

    Arianna Stassinopoulos Huffington (born July 15, 1950) is a Greek-American author, syndicated... more on Wikipedia

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  • 10
    John Andrew Koskinen (born June 30, 1939) is an American businessman and public official of... more on Wikipedia
  • Stephen Hawking11

    Stephen Hawking

    Mathematician, Physicist


    BirthplaceOxford, United Kingdom

    Stephen William Hawking (8 January 1942 – 14 March 2018) was an English theoretical... more on Wikipedia

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  • James Spudich12

    James Spudich



    BirthplaceBenld, Illinois

    James A. Spudich of Croatian ancestry is the Douglass M. and Nola Leishman Professor of... more on Wikipedia
  • Tilda Swinton13

    Tilda Swinton

    Film Producer, Model


    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Katherine Matilda Swinton (born 5 November 1960) is an English actress. She is known for her... more on Wikipedia

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  • David N. Reilly14

    David N. Reilly

    Nick Reilly has served as president of GM Asia Pacific and GM group vice president since July...
  • Rachel Weisz15

    Rachel Weisz

    Fashion Model, Actor


    BirthplaceWestminster, London, United Kingdom

    Rachel Hannah Weisz (born 7 March 1970) is a British-American actress. She is the recipient of... more on Wikipedia

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  • Sacha Baron Cohen16

    Sacha Baron Cohen

    Comedian, Television producer


    BirthplaceHammersmith, London, United Kingdom

    Sacha Noam Baron Cohen (born 13 October 1971) is an English actor, comedian, writer, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • Stephen Fry17

    Stephen Fry

    Businessperson, Poet


    BirthplaceHampstead, London, United Kingdom

    Stephen John Fry (born 24 August 1957) is an English actor, comedian and writer. He and Hugh... more on Wikipedia
  • Lily Cole18

    Lily Cole

    Model, Actor


    BirthplaceTorquay, England

    Lily Luahana Cole (born December 27, 1987) is an English model, actress and entrepreneur. Cole... more on Wikipedia

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  • Marshall McLuhan19

    Marshall McLuhan

    Futurist, Educator

    AgeDec. at 69 (1911-1980)

    BirthplaceEdmonton, Canada

    Herbert Marshall McLuhan (; July 21, 1911 – December 31, 1980) was a Canadian philosopher.... more on Wikipedia

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  • James Chadwick20

    James Chadwick


    AgeDec. at 83 (1891-1974)

    BirthplaceBollington, England

    Sir James Chadwick, (20 October 1891 – 24 July 1974) was a British physicist who was awarded... more on Wikipedia
  • Rajiv Gandhi21

    Rajiv Gandhi

    Pilot, Politician

    AgeDec. at 47 (1944-1991)

    BirthplaceMumbai, India

    Rajiv Ratna Gandhi ( (listen); 20 August 1944 – 21 May 1991) was an Indian politician who... more on Wikipedia
  • John Cleese22

    John Cleese

    Comedian, Television producer


    BirthplaceWeston-super-Mare, United Kingdom

    John Marwood Cleese (; born 27 October 1939) is an English actor, voice actor, comedian,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Robert Frost23

    Robert Frost

    Poet, Playwright

    AgeDec. at 89 (1874-1963)


    Robert Lee Frost (March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963) was an American poet. His work was... more on Wikipedia
  • Ernest Rutherford24

    Ernest Rutherford

    Physicist, Chemist

    AgeDec. at 66 (1871-1937)

    BirthplaceBrightwater, New Zealand

    Ernest Rutherford, 1st Baron Rutherford of Nelson, , HFRSE, LLD (30 August 1871 – 19 October... more on Wikipedia
  • Arthur Stanley Eddington25

    Arthur Stanley Eddington

    Scientist, Astronomer

    AgeDec. at 62 (1882-1944)

    BirthplaceKendal, United Kingdom

    Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington (28 December 1882 – 22 November 1944) was an English astronomer,... more on Wikipedia