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Famous University Of Canterbury Alumni

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

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

List includes Sam Neill, Ernest Rutherford, more.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to University of Canterbury?” and “Which celebrities are University of Canterbury alumni?”
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Ernest Rutherford is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of Canterbury Alumni
Physicist, Chemist, Scientist

Age: Dec. at 66 (1871-1937)

Birthplace: Brightwater, New Zealand

Ernest Rutherford, 1st Baron Rutherford of Nelson, , HFRSE, LLD (30 August 1871 – 19 October 1937), was a New Zealand physicist who came to be known as the father of nuclear physics. ...more

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Rhys Darby is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Canterbury Alumni
Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor

Age: 44

Birthplace: New Zealand

Rhys Montague Darby (born 21 March 1974) is a New Zealand actor and comedian, known for his energetic physical comedy routines, telling stories accompanied with mime and sound effects of things ...more
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Craig Nevill-Manning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Canterbury Alumni
Computer scientist

Birthplace: New Zealand

Craig Graham Nevill-Manning (né Nevill) is a New Zealand computer scientist who founded Google's first remote engineering center, located in midtown Manhattan, where he was an Engineering ...more
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Margaret Mahy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Canterbury Alumni
Librarian, Novelist, Author

Age: Dec. at 76 (1936-2012)

Birthplace: Whakatane, New Zealand

Margaret Mahy, ONZ (21 March 1936 – 23 July 2012) was a New Zealand author of children's and young adult books. Many of her story plots have strong supernatural elements but her writing ...more
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William Hayward Pickerin... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Canterbury Alumni
Electrical engineer, Engineer

Age: Dec. at 94 (1910-2004)

Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand

William Hayward "Bill" Pickering (24 December 1910 – 15 March 2004) was a New Zealand-born rocket scientist who headed Pasadena, California's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) for 22 ...more
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Rodney Hide is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Canterbury Alumni
Politician

Age: 62

Birthplace: Oxford, New Zealand

Rodney Philip Hide (born 16 December 1956) is a former New Zealand politician of the ACT Party. Hide was a Member of Parliament for ACT from 1996 until 2011, was ACT's leader between 2004 and ...more
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Roy Kerr is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Canterbury Alumni
Mathematician

Age: 84

Birthplace: Kurow, New Zealand

Roy Patrick Kerr (; born 16 May 1934) is a New Zealand mathematician who discovered the Kerr geometry, an exact solution to the Einstein field equation of general relativity. His solution models ...more
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Sam Neill is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Canterbury Alumni
Businessperson, Screenwriter, Actor

Age: 71

Birthplace: Omagh, United Kingdom

Nigel John Dermot Neill (born 14 September 1947), known professionally as Sam Neill, is a New Zealand actor, writer, producer, director, and vineyard owner. Born in Omagh, Northern Ireland, he ...more

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Sue Bradford is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Canterbury Alumni
Politician, Social activist

Age: 66

Birthplace: New Zealand

Sue Bradford (born 1 July 1952 in Auckland) is a New Zealand activist, academic, and former New Zealand politician who served as a list Member of Parliament representing the Green Party from ...more
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Anote Tong is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Canterbury Alumni
Politician

Age: 66

Birthplace: Tabuaeran, Kiribati

Anote Tong (simplified Chinese: 汤安诺; traditional Chinese: 湯安諾; pinyin: Tāng Ānnuò; born 11 June 1952 in Tabuaeran, Line Islands) is a Kiribatian politician with Chinese heritage who ...more
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Michael P. Collins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Canterbury Alumni
Civil engineer, Scientist, Structural engineer
Michael P. Collins is a Canadian structural engineer whose research is concerned with the design and evaluation of reinforced and prestressed concrete buildings, bridges, nuclear containment ...more
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Kevin Smith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Canterbury Alumni
Actor

Age: Dec. at 39 (1963-2002)

Birthplace: New Zealand, Auckland

Kevin Tod Smith (16 March 1963 – 15 February 2002) was a New Zealand actor and musician, best known for starring as the Greek god of war, Ares, in the TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys ...more
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Beatrice Tinsley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Canterbury Alumni
Cosmologist, Astronomer

Age: Dec. at 40 (1941-1981)

Birthplace: Chester, England

Beatrice Muriel Hill Tinsley (27 January 1941 – 23 March 1981) was a British-born New Zealand astronomer and cosmologist and professor of astronomy at Yale University, whose research made ...more
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Helen Duncan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Canterbury Alumni

Age: Dec. at 66 (1941-2007)

Birthplace: Greymouth, New Zealand

Helen Patricia Duncan MNZM (7 November 1941 – 6 February 2007) was a New Zealand politician and a member of the Labour Party.
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Patrick O'Farrell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Canterbury Alumni
Historian, Professor

Age: Dec. at 70 (1933-2003)

Birthplace: Greymouth, New Zealand

Patrick O'Farrell (1933 – 25 December 2003) was an historian known for his histories of Roman Catholicism in Australia, Irish history and Irish Australian history. He was born into an Irish ...more
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Apirana Ngata is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Canterbury Alumni

Age: Dec. at 76 (1874-1950)

Birthplace: Te Araroa, New Zealand

Sir Āpirana Turupa Ngata (3 July 1874 – 14 July 1950) was a prominent New Zealand statesman. He has often been described as the foremost Māori politician to have ever served in Parliament, and ...more
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Peter Dunne is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Canterbury Alumni
Politician

Age: 64

Birthplace: Christchurch, New Zealand

Peter Francis Dunne (born 17 March 1954) is a retired New Zealand politician who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Ōhāriu. He held the seat and its predecessors from 1984 to ...more
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Don Brash is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Canterbury Alumni
Politician, Economist

Age: 78

Birthplace: Whanganui, New Zealand

Donald Thomas Brash (born 24 September 1940), formerly a New Zealand politician, was Leader of the Opposition, Leader of the National Party (the country's main Opposition party at that time) ...more
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John Key is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Canterbury Alumni
Spokesperson, Trader, Politician

Age: 57

Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand

Sir John Phillip Key (born 9 August 1961) is a New Zealand former politician who served as the 38th Prime Minister of New Zealand from 2008 to 2016 and as Leader of the New Zealand National ...more
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Michael Cullen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Canterbury Alumni

Age: 74

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Michael or Mick Cullen may refer to: John Michael Cullen (1927–2001), alias Mike Cullen, Australian ornithologist Michael Cullen (actor), American actor Michael Cullen (politician) (born 1945), ...more
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Feleti Sevele is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Canterbury Alumni
Feleti Sevele Politician

Age: 74

Birthplace: Nukuʻalofa, Tonga

Feleti Vakaʻuta Sevele, Lord Sevele of Vailahi (born 7 July 1944) was the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Tonga from 30 March 2006 to 22 December 2010.
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Nicky Wagner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Canterbury Alumni

Age: 65

Birthplace: Christchurch, New Zealand

Nicola Joanne Wagner (born 23 July 1953) is a New Zealand opposition politician, in the New Zealand Parliament.
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Rosemary Banks is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Canterbury Alumni
Diplomat

Age: 68

Rosemary Banks (born 1951) is a New Zealand diplomat and Ambassador-Designate to the United States. She was Ambassador to France and Permanent Representative to the OECD from 2010 to 2014. She ...more
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Stevan Eldred-Grigg is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Canterbury Alumni
Stevan Eldred-Grigg Novelist, Writer

Age: 67

Birthplace: New Zealand

Stevan Treleaven Eldred-Grigg is a New Zealand author of nine novels, eight history books and various essays and short stories.
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Pansy Wong is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Canterbury Alumni
Spokesperson, Businessperson

Age: 64

Birthplace: Shanghai, China

Pansy Yu Fong Wong (Chinese: 黃徐毓芳; pinyin: Huáng Xú Yùfāng) (born 1955) is a former New Zealand politician. She was New Zealand's first Asian MP, serving as a member of ...more