This is a list of notable alumni from the University of Cambridge, featuring members of the University of Cambridge segregated in accordance with their fields of achievement. The individual must have either studied at the university (although they may not necessarily have taken a degree), or worked at the university in an academic capacity; others have held fellowships at one of the university's colleges. Honorary fellows or those awarded an honorary degree are not included and neither are non-executive chancellors. Lecturers without long-term posts at the university also do not feature, although official visiting fellows and visiting professors do.

The list has been divided into categories indicating the field of activity in which people have become well known. Many of the university's alumni/ae have attained a level of distinction in more than one field. These individuals may appear under two categories. In general, however, an attempt has been made to put individuals in the category for which they are most often associated with.

Cantabrigians is a term for members of the university derived from its Latin name Cantabrigia, a medieval Latin name for Cambridge.

Politics and royalty

Monarchs

Royalty

Diplomats

Viceroys

Ambassadors

This list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (March 2021)

Heads of state and heads of government

British Prime Ministers

Signatories of the American Declaration of Independence

Soviet spies

Known:

Suspected:

(for other suspects, see Cambridge Five)

Other political figures

A–D

E–M

N–Z

Clergy and spiritual leaders

Archbishops of Canterbury

Literature

Fiction writers

A–G

H–M

N–Z

Non-fiction writers

A–Z

Poets

A–M

N–Z

Literary scholars

Travel writers

The arts

Actors, comedians, directors, producers and screenwriters

See also: Footlights, Cambridge University Amateur Dramatic Club, and Marlowe Society

A–G

H–M

N–Z

Architects

Artists

Art critics, museum directors, and historians of art

Musicians

A–G

H–M

N–Z

Groups

Academic disciplines

Scientists, technologists and mathematicians

Further information: List of Cambridge mathematicians and Senior Wrangler (University of Cambridge)

A–C

D–G

H–M

N–R

S–Z

Astronauts

Philosophers

A–M

N–Z

Economists

* Not part of official Cambridge Nobel count.

Historians

A–M

N–Z

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Linguists[edit]

Classicists[edit]

Armed forces[edit]

Educationalists[edit]

A–M[edit]

N–Z[edit]

Entrepreneurs, business leaders and philanthropists[edit]

A–M[edit]

N–Z[edit]

The law[edit]

Judges and lawyers[edit]

Legal academics[edit]

Journalists and media personalities[edit]

  • Pat Chapman (Fitzwilliam)
  • Philip Collins (St John's)[28]
  • Ted Conover (unknown)
  • Alistair Cooke (Jesus)
  • Geoffrey Crowther (Clare)
  • Tim Davie (Selwyn)[29]
  • Tamasin Day-Lewis (King's)
  • Alain de Botton (Caius)
  • Katie Derham (Magdalene)[30]
  • Rick Edwards (Pembroke)
  • Larry Elliott (Fitzwilliam)
  • Julie Etchingham (Newnham)[31]
  • Vanessa Feltz (Trinity)[32]
  • James Forsyth (Jesus)[33]
  • Sir David Frost (Caius)
  • Stephen Fry (Queens')
  • Jonathan Galassi (Christ's)
  • James K. Galbraith (King's)
  • George Gale (Peterhouse)
  • Bamber Gascoigne (Magdalene)
  • Dermot Gleeson (Fitzwilliam)
  • Andrew Gowers (Caius)
  • Damian Grammaticas (Corpus Christi)[34]
  • Germaine Greer (Newnham)
  • James Harding (Trinity)
  • Johann Hari (King's)
  • Simon Hoggart (King's)
  • Charlotte Hudson (Fitzwilliam)
  • Arianna Huffington (Girton)
  • Konnie Huq (Robinson)
  • Faisal Islam (Trinity)
  • Clive James (Pembroke)
  • Sarah Jarvis (unknown)[35]
  • Ciaran Jenkins (Fitzwilliam)[36]
  • Gareth Jones (Trinity)
  • Spencer Kelly (unknown)
  • Lewis H. Lapham (Magdalene)
  • Walter Layton (Trinity)
  • Emily Maitlis (Queens')
  • Andrew Marr (Trinity Hall)
  • Kingsley Martin (Magdalene)
  • Kevin McCloud (Corpus Christi)
  • John McPhee (unknown), Pulitzer Prize winner
  • Baron Charles Moore (Trinity)[37]
  • Malcolm Muggeridge (Selwyn)
  • Iain Overton (Downing/Caius)
  • Jeremy Paxman (St Catharine's)
  • George Plimpton (King's)
  • Norman Podhoretz (Clare)
  • Amol Rajan (Downing)[38]
  • Andrew Rawnsley (Sidney Sussex)
  • Dan Roan (Fitzwilliam)[39]
  • Alan Rusbridger (Magdalene)
  • Jenni Russell (St Catharine's)
  • Roxana Saberi (Hughes Hall)
  • Stephen Sackur (Emmanuel)[40]
  • John Simpson (Magdalene)
  • Tim Stanley (Trinity)
  • Allegra Stratton (Emmanuel)[41]
  • Zoe Strimpel (Jesus/Wolfson)
  • Karan Thapar (Pembroke)
  • Noel Thompson (St Catharine's)
  • Peter Utley (Corpus Christi)
  • Carol Vorderman (Sidney Sussex)
  • Sid Waddell (St John's)
  • Alan Watkins (Queens')
  • Colin Welch (Peterhouse)
  • Richard Whiteley (Christ's), TV presenter
  • Claudia Winkleman (New Hall)
  • Sir Peregrine Worsthorne (Peterhouse)
  • Sportspeople[edit]

    Athletes[edit]

    Aviators[edit]

    • Alan Charles Cassidy MBE (Trinity, 1967-70), Mechanical Sciences tripos. RAF Engineering officer, 1970-1988, Wing Commander (retired); Four-times British national aerobatic champion, 1998–2003; total 9 medals in European or World Aerobatic Championships.

    Bridge[edit]

    Backgammon[edit]

    Cricketers[edit]

    Cyclists[edit]

    • Emma Pooley (Trinity Hall), Olympic silver medal (2008), world time trial champion (2010)

    Fencers[edit]

    Footballers[edit]

    Mountaineers[edit]

    Racing drivers[edit]

    Racehorse trainers[edit]

    Rowers[edit]

    Rugby footballers[edit]

    Table tennis players[edit]

    Winter sports[edit]

    Sports administrators[edit]

    Explorers[edit]

    See also

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