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

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

Examples of graduates on this list include Benedict Cumberbatch and Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to University of Manchester?” and “Which celebrities are University of Manchester alumni?”

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Beverley Hughes is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of Manchester Alumni
Lecturer Beverley June Hughes, Baroness Hughes of Stretford PC is a British Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament for Stretford and Urmston from 1997 to 2010. In 2004, she was ...more

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James Chadwick is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Manchester 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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Norman Haworth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Manchester Alumni
Chemist Sir Norman Haworth FRS. was a British chemist best known for his groundbreaking work on ascorbic acid while working at the University of Birmingham. He received the 1937 Nobel Prize in Chemistry ...more

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Robert Robinson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Manchester Alumni
Chemist Sir Robert Robinson, OM, PRS, FRSE was an English organic chemist and Nobel laureate recognised in 1947 for his research on plant dyestuffs and alkaloids. In 1947, he also received the Medal of ...more

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Arthur Stanley Eddington is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Manchester 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) 6 on the list Famous University Of Manchester 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) 7 on the list Famous University Of Manchester 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) 8 on the list Famous University Of Manchester 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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Arthur Harden is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Manchester Alumni
Chemist Sir Arthur Harden FRS was a British biochemist. He shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1929 with Hans Karl August Simon von Euler-Chelpin for their investigations into the fermentation of ...more

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Harold Davenport is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Manchester Alumni
Mathematician Harold Davenport FRS was an English mathematician, known for his extensive work in number theory.

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Marcy Kaptur is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Manchester Alumni
Politician, Urban planner Marcia Carolyn "Marcy" Kaptur is the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 9th congressional district, who has served since 1983. She is a member of the Democratic Party. The district, ...more

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John Mann is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Manchester Alumni
Politician John Mann is a Labour Party politician in the United Kingdom who has been the Member of Parliament for Bassetlaw since 2001, after the retirement of previous MP Joe Ashton. John Mann serves on ...more

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James Lovelock is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Manchester Alumni
Futurist, Environmentalist, Professor James Ephraim Lovelock, CH, CBE, FRS is an independent scientist, environmentalist and futurist who lives in Dorset, England. He is best known for proposing the Gaia hypothesis, which postulates ...more

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Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Manchester Alumni
Politician Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, is the fifth President of Iceland, having served since 1996; he was unopposed in 2000, re-elected for a third term in 2004, re-elected unopposed for a ...more

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Michael Smith is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Manchester Alumni
Chemist, Scientist Michael Smith CC, OBC, FRS was a British-born Canadian biochemist and businessman. He was the winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work in developing site-directed mutagenesis. ...more

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Mark Kermode is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Manchester Alumni
Film critic, Journalist, Musician Mark James Patrick Kermode is a British film critic, writer, musician and a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. He is the chief film critic for The Observer, and a ...more

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Sir Norman Foster is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Manchester Alumni
Designer, Architect Norman Robert Foster, Baron Foster of Thames Bank, OM, HonFREng is an English architect whose company, Foster + Partners, maintains an international design practice famous for high-tech ...more

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Harvey Goldstein is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Manchester Alumni
Professor, Statistician Harvey Goldstein is a British statistician known for his contributions to multilevel modelling methodology and software, and for applying this to educational assessment and league tables. He is ...more

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John Crank is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Manchester Alumni
Mathematician John Crank was a mathematical physicist, best known for his work on the numerical solution of partial differential equations. Crank was born in Hindley in Lancashire, England. His father was a ...more

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Ottón Solís is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Manchester Alumni
Politician Ottón Solís Fallas is a Costa Rica politician. He graduated with a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Costa Rica in 1976 and gained a Master's Degree in Economics from ...more

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Edward Schunck is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Manchester Alumni
Chemist Henry Edward Schunck was a British chemist who did much work with dyes.

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George Grenfell-Baines is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Manchester Alumni
Architect Professor Sir George Grenfell-Baines OBE DL was an English architect and town planner. Born in Preston, as George Baines, his family’s humble circumstances forced him to start work at the age of ...more

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Joe Abercrombie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Manchester Alumni
Film Editor, Writer Joe Abercrombie is a British fantasy writer and film editor. He is the author of The First Law trilogy and other related works of fantasy. In 2014 he published Half a King, the first book in his ...more

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William Hanson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Manchester Alumni
William Hanson is an etiquette consultant, social commentator and broadcaster, based in Manchester and who has been hailed by Sky News as 'the UK's leading consultant in etiquette & ...more

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Frank Lee Pyman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Manchester Alumni
Chemist Frank Lee Pyman FRS was an English academic and commercial research chemist. Pyman was born in Malvern, the eldest son of Frank Pyman and his wife Florence Lee, daughter of Henry Lee MP for ...more

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Liam Byrne is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous University Of Manchester Alumni
Spokesperson, Politician Liam Dominic Byrne is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Birmingham Hodge Hill since 2004, and is the current Shadow Minister for Universities, Science ...more

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Gerrit Verschuur is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of Manchester Alumni
Scientist Gerrit L. Verschuur, PhD, born in 1937 in Cape Town, South Africa, is a naturalized American scientist who is best known for his work in radio astronomy. Though a pioneer in that field—he has 50 ...more

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Howell Tong is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of Manchester Alumni
Statistician Howell Tong is a leading pioneer in the field of nonlinear time series analysis, linking it with deterministic chaos. He is the father of the threshold time series models, which have extensive ...more

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Humphrey Williams is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of Manchester Alumni
Humphrey has been a key technical contributor, leader and visionary at Blazent since 2002. In roles as Chief Architect and Director of Applications Engineering, Humphrey has worked with ...more

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Martin Butler is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of Manchester Alumni
Martin Butler is a musician and composer of classical music. He studied at the University of Manchester and the Royal Northern College of Music. In 1983 he received a Fulbright Award for study ...more

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Mark Carlisle is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of Manchester Alumni
Politician Mark Carlisle, Baron Carlisle of Bucklow QC DL PC was a Conservative British politician and was Member of Parliament for Runcorn 1964-1983 and Warrington South 1983-1987. Created a life peer in ...more

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Richard Irving is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of Manchester Alumni
Based in Silicon Valley, California, Richard Irving has 20 years experience in venture capital, business management, marketing and engineering in technology companies including Pond, ATT Bell ...more

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Reid Railton is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of Manchester Alumni
Reid A. Railton was a British automotive engineer, and designer of land and water speed record vehicles.

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Ben Elton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of Manchester Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Novelist Benjamin Charles "Ben" Elton is an English comedian, author, playwright, actor and director. He was a part of London's alternative comedy movement of the 1980s and became a writer on ...more

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Zafarul Islam Khan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of Manchester Alumni
Editor, Journalist Zafarul Islam Khan is an Indian Muslim author and journalist based in New Delhi. He is currently editor and publisher of The Milli Gazette fortnightly focusing on issues concerning the Muslim ...more

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Nick Brown is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of Manchester Alumni
Politician Nicholas Hugh "Nick" Brown is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Newcastle upon Tyne East since 1983. He has served as Minister of Agriculture, ...more

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Peter Maxwell Davies is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of Manchester Alumni
Conductor, Composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, CH, CBE is an English composer and conductor. In 2004 he was made Master of the Queen's Music.

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Anna Ford is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous University Of Manchester Alumni
Journalist Anna Ford is an English former journalist, television presenter and newsreader. She first worked as a researcher, news reporter and later newsreader for Granada Television, ITN, and the BBC. ...more

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Rik Mayall is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous University Of Manchester Alumni
Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor Richard Michael "Rik" Mayall was an English comedian, writer, actor and voice-over artist. Mayall was a pioneer of alternative comedy in the early 1980s. He formed a comedy partnership ...more

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John Polanyi is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous University Of Manchester Alumni
Chemist, Scientist John Charles Polanyi, PC CC FRSC OOnt FRS is a Hungarian-Canadian chemist who won the 1986 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, for his research in chemical kinetics. Polanyi was educated at Manchester ...more

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Robert Bolt is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous University Of Manchester Alumni
Soldier, Screenwriter, Playwright Robert Oxton Bolt, CBE was an English playwright and a two-time Oscar-winning screenwriter, known for writing the screenplays for Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago and A Man for All Seasons, ...more

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Henry Moseley is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous University Of Manchester Alumni
Physicist, Engineer Henry Gwyn Jeffreys Moseley was an English physicist. Moseley's outstanding contribution to the science of physics was the justification from physical laws of the previous empirical and chemical ...more

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Meera Syal is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous University Of Manchester Alumni
Journalist, Comedian, Film Producer Meera Syal CBE is a British comedian, writer, playwright, singer, journalist, producer and actress. She rose to prominence as one of the team that created Goodness Gracious Me and became one of ...more

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John Henry Poynting is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous University Of Manchester Alumni
Physicist John Henry Poynting was an English physicist. He was a professor of physics at Mason Science College, from 1880 to 1900, and then the successor institution, the University of Birmingham until ...more

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Irene Khan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous University Of Manchester Alumni
Irene Zubaida Khan is a Bangladeshi lawyer who served as the seventh Secretary General of Amnesty International. In 2011, she was elected Director-General of the International Development Law ...more

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Anthony Burgess is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous University Of Manchester Alumni
Educationalist, Linguist, Poet John Anthony Burgess Wilson, FRSL – who published under the pen name Anthony Burgess – was an English writer and composer. From relatively modest beginnings in a Catholic family in Manchester, ...more

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Alasdair MacIntyre is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous University Of Manchester Alumni
Philosopher Alasdair Chalmers MacIntyre is a Scottish philosopher primarily known for his contribution to moral and political philosophy but known also for his work in history of philosophy and theology. He ...more

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Mathew Horne is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous University Of Manchester Alumni
Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor Mathew Frazer Horne is an English actor, stand-up comedian, television presenter and narrator best known for appearing on several BBC sketch shows and sitcoms, most notably Gavin & Stacey ...more

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Andre Geim is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous University Of Manchester Alumni
Physicist, Professor, Scientist Sir Andre Konstantin Geim, FRS, HonFRSC, HonFInstP is a Soviet-born Dutch-British physicist working at the University of Manchester. Geim was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics jointly with ...more

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Olivia Hallinan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous University Of Manchester Alumni
Actor Olivia Hallinan is an English actress best known for her role as Laura Timmins in the BBC TV series Lark Rise to Candleford and also as Kim in the Channel 4 drama Sugar Rush. She also starred as ...more