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Famous University Of Manchester Alumni

Updated July 22, 2019 21.2k views283 items

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

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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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    BirthplaceEllesmere Port, United Kingdom

    Beverley June Hughes, Baroness Hughes of Stretford (born 30 March 1950) is a British Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Stretford and Urmston from 1997 to 2010. In...  more
  • 2

    James Chadwick


    AgeDec. at 82 (1891-1974)

    BirthplaceBollington, England

    Sir James Chadwick, (20 October 1891 – 24 July 1974) was a British physicist who was awarded the 1935 Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery of the neutron in 1932. In 1941, he wrote the final...  more
  • 3

    AgeDec. at 67 (1883-1950)

    BirthplaceChorley, United Kingdom

    Sir Walter Norman Haworth FRS (19 March 1883 – 19 March 1950) was a British chemist best known for his groundbreaking work on ascorbic acid (vitamin C) while working at the University of Birmingham....  more
  • 4

    AgeDec. at 88 (1886-1975)

    BirthplaceChesterfield, United Kingdom

    Sir Robert Robinson (13 September 1886 – 8 February 1975) was a British organic chemist and Nobel laureate recognised in 1947 for his research on plant dyestuffs (anthocyanins) and alkaloids. In...  more
  • 5

    Arthur Stanley Eddington

    Scientist, Astronomer

    AgeDec. at 61 (1882-1944)

    BirthplaceKendal, United Kingdom

    Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington (28 December 1882 – 22 November 1944) was an English astronomer, physicist, and mathematician. He was also a philosopher of science and a populariser of science. The...  more
  • 6

    Charles Thomson Rees Wilson

    Physicist, Chemist

    AgeDec. at 90 (1869-1959)

    BirthplaceMidlothian, United Kingdom

    Charles Thomson Rees Wilson, CH, FRS (14 February 1869 – 15 November 1959) was a Scottish physicist and meteorologist who won the Nobel Prize in Physics for his invention of the cloud chamber....  more
  • 7

    Joseph John Thomson

    Mathematician, Physicist

    AgeDec. at 83 (1856-1940)

    BirthplaceManchester, United Kingdom

    Sir Joseph John Thomson (18 December 1856 – 30 August 1940) was an English physicist and Nobel Laureate in Physics, credited with the discovery and identification of the electron, the first...  more
  • 8

    Rudolf Peierls

    Physicist, Scientist

    AgeDec. at 88 (1907-1995)

    BirthplaceBerlin, Germany

    Sir Rudolf Ernst Peierls, (; German: [ˈpaɪɐls]; 5 June 1907 – 19 September 1995) was a Jewish German-born British physicist who played a major role in the Manhattan Project and Tube Alloys,...  more
  • 9

    AgeDec. at 74 (1865-1940)

    BirthplaceManchester, United Kingdom

    Sir Arthur Harden, FRS (12 October 1865 – 17 June 1940) was a British biochemist. He shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1929 with Hans Karl August Simon von Euler-Chelpin for their investigations...  more
  • 10

    Harold Davenport


    AgeDec. at 61 (1907-1969)

    BirthplaceHuncoat, United Kingdom

    Harold Davenport FRS (30 October 1907 – 9 June 1969) was an English mathematician, known for his extensive work in number theory....  more
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    Marcy Kaptur

    Politician, Urban planner


    BirthplaceArea codes 419 and 567, Ohio, Area code 419, United States of America, United States

    Marcia Carolyn Kaptur (; born June 17, 1946) is the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 9th congressional district and a Democrat. The district stretches from Kaptur's hometown of Toledo to Cleveland. It...  more
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    John Mann



    BirthplaceLeeds, United Kingdom

    John Mann may refer to:...  more
  • 13

    James Lovelock

    Futurist, Environmentalist


    BirthplaceLetchworth, United Kingdom

    James Ephraim Lovelock, (born 26 July 1919) is an independent scientist, environmentalist, and futurist. He is best known for proposing the Gaia hypothesis, which postulates that the Earth functions...  more
  • 14


    BirthplaceÍsafjörður, Ísafjarðarbær, Iceland

    Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson (Icelandic: [ˈouːlavʏr ˈraknar ˈkrimsɔn] (listen); born 14 May 1943) is an Icelandic politician who was President of Iceland from 1996 to 2016. He was first elected in 1996,...  more
  • 15

    Michael Smith

    Chemist, Scientist

    AgeDec. at 68 (1932-2000)

    BirthplaceBlackpool, United Kingdom

    Michael Smith (April 26, 1932 – October 4, 2000) was a British-born Canadian biochemist and businessman. He shared the 1993 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Kary Mullis for his work in developing...  more
  • 16

    Mark Kermode

    Film critic, Journalist


    BirthplaceBarnet, United Kingdom

    Mark James Patrick Kermode (né Fairey; born 2 July 1963) is an English film critic and musician. He is the chief film critic for The Observer, contributes to the magazine Sight & Sound, presents the...  more
  • 17

    Norman Foster

    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
  • 18

    Harvey Goldstein

    Professor, Statistician


    Harvey Goldstein (born 30 October 1939) is a British statistician known for his contributions to multilevel modelling methodology and software, and for applying this to educational assessment and...  more
  • 19

    John Crank


    AgeDec. at 90 (1916-2006)

    BirthplaceLancashire, United Kingdom

    John Crank (6 February 1916 – 3 October 2006) was a mathematical physicist, best known for his work on the numerical solution of partial differential equations. Crank was born in Hindley in...  more
  • 20

    Ottón Solís



    BirthplaceCosta Rica

    Ottón Solís Fallas (born 31 May 1954 near Pérez Zeledón) is a Costa Rican politician. He graduated with a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Costa Rica in 1976 and gained a Master's Degree...  more
  • 21

    AgeDec. at 82 (1820-1903)

    BirthplaceManchester, United Kingdom

    Henry Edward Schunck (16 August 1820 – 13 January 1903) was a British chemist who did much work with dyes....  more
  • 22

    AgeDec. at 95 (1908-2003)

    BirthplaceCity of Preston, Lancashire, United Kingdom

    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
  • 23

    Joe Abercrombie

    Film Editor, Writer


    BirthplaceLancaster, United Kingdom

    Joe Abercrombie is a British fantasy writer and film editor. He is the author of The First Law trilogy, as well as other fantasy books in the same setting and a trilogy of young adult novels. His...  more
  • 24
    William Hanson (born 2 September 1989) is a British etiquette expert, social commentator, and author who teaches around the world and comments on matters relating to etiquette and civility for...  more
  • 25

    AgeDec. at 61 (1882-1944)

    BirthplaceMalvern, United Kingdom

    Frank Lee Pyman FRS (8 April 1882 – 1 January 1944) was an English academic and commercial research chemist.Pyman was born in Malvern, the eldest son of Frank Pyman and his wife Florence Lee,...  more
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List Rules: People on this list must have gone to University of Manchester and be of some renown.