List of Nobel laureates affiliated with University College London

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Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the spiritual father of modern India, and UCL law alumnus, had been nominated five times for the Nobel Prize in Peace before his 1948 assassination. The Nobel Committee chose not to award the prize that year.
Charles Kuen Kao (right) is regarded as the "Godfather of Broadband" and "Father of Fiber Optics".
William Ramsay is respected as the "father of noble gases".
Otto Hahn, pioneer of nuclear chemistry.
James Rothman received his award for his work into vesicle trafficking.
Henry Hallett Dale and Otto Loewi met as researchers at UCL. They shared the Physiology or Medicine Prize in 1936.
Francis Crick, with James D. Watson, created the first double helix model of DNA. Crick is regarded as a "father of modern genetics".
Rabindranath Tagore was the first Asian Nobel laureate.

University College London (UCL) is one of the two founding colleges of the University of London. There have been at least 28 Nobel Prize laureates amongst UCL’s alumni and current and former staff. UCL has the most Nobel affiliations among colleges and schools of the University of London, which has produced as many as 72 Nobelists till 2010.

UCL Nobel laureates[edit]


2013 Nobel Prize in Physics: Peter Higgs

  • Research Fellow (1956-1957), Temporary Lectureship in Mathematics (1959-1960),[1] Honorary Fellow (2010)

2009 Nobel Prize in Physics: Charles K. Kao

  • PhD (1965) at UCL while as an engineer working at STL;[2] Honorary doctorate (DSc.h.c. 2010)
  • Academic Adviser: Harold Barlow[3]

1928 Nobel Prize in Physics: Owen Willans Richardson

  • Studied at UCL, DSc (1904)

1915 Nobel Prize in Physics: William Henry Bragg


1967 Nobel Prize in Chemistry: George Porter

  • Visiting Professor at Department of Chemistry (1967-2002)

1959 Nobel Prize in Chemistry: Jaroslav Heyrovský

1955 Nobel Prize in Chemistry: Vincent du Vigneaud

1947 Nobel Prize in Chemistry: Robert Robinson

  • Chair in Organic Chemistry (1928–1930)

1944 Nobel Prize in Chemistry: Otto Hahn

  • Researcher (1904–1905), became later the discoverer of Nuclear Fission (1938)
  • Worked under William Ramsay

1921 Nobel Prize in Chemistry: Frederick Soddy

1904 Nobel Prize in Chemistry: William Ramsay

  • Chair of Inorganic Chemistry (1887–1913)


2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine: James Rothman

2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine: Martin Evans

  • PhD (1969); Honorary doctorate (DSc.h.c. 2008)
  • Studied and worked under Elizabeth Deuchar
  • Lecturer at Department of Anatomy and Embryology (1969–1978)

2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine: Paul Nurse

  • First Chief Executive and Director of Francis Crick Institute (2010-); Honorary Professor of School of Life and Medical Sciences

1991 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine: Bert Sakmann

  • Researcher/Scholar at Department of Biophysics (1970–1973)
  • Worked under Bernard Katz

1988 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine: James W. Black

  • Professor, and head of the Department of Pharmacology (1973–1978)

1970 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine: Ulf von Euler

  • Lecturer, Department of Biophysics (1934–1935)

1970 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine: Bernard Katz

  • Studied/worked at UCL under A. V. Hill
  • Professor and head of Department of Biophysics (1952–)

1963 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine: Andrew Huxley

  • Head of the Department of Physiology (1960–1969)
  • Royal Society Research Professorship (1969–1983)

1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine: Francis Crick

1960 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine: Peter Medawar

  • Professor of Zoology (1951–1962)

1938 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine: Corneille Heymans

1936 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine: Otto Loewi

1936 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine: Henry Hallett Dale

  • Studied medicine at UCL[5] (George Henry Lewes Studentship in Physiology)
  • Researcher, worked under Ernest Starling (Sharpey Scholar)

1929 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine: Frederick Gowland Hopkins

  • Studied at UCL (BSc through the external system)
  • Associateship Examination of the Institute of Chemistry

1922 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine: Archibald Hill

  • Professor of Physiology (1923–1951)


1913 Nobel Prize in Literature: Rabindranath Tagore


2000 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences: James Heckman

  • Distinguished Chair of Microeconometrics (2004-); Honorary Doctorate (2013)

Fields Medal[edit]

The Fields Medal is often rumored as the "Nobel Prize in Mathematics". The UCL mathematical community has produced three Fields Medalists,[6] including

1998 Fields Medal: Timothy Gowers

  • Faculty member of the Department of Mathematics (1991–1995)

1970 Fields Medal: Alan Baker

  • BSc (1961)
  • Professor (1964–1965)

1958 Fields Medal: Klaus Roth

  • MSc (1948), PhD (1950)
  • Professor (1948–1966)

Extra links[edit]


  1. ^ "Peter Higgs: Curriculum Vitae". The University of Edinburgh School of Physics and Astronomy. Retrieved 31 Oct 2013. 
  2. ^ "Nobel Lecture by Charles K. Kao" (pdf). The Nobel Foundation. Retrieved 25 Apr 2011. 
  3. ^ "Society News" (pdf). IEEE Communications Magazine. Event occurs at Mar 2010. Retrieved 25 Apr 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Francis Crick – Biography". The Nobel Foundation. Retrieved 26 Jun 2011. 
  5. ^ "Henry Hallett Dale (1875-1968)". The Royal Institution of Great Britain. Retrieved 25 Apr 201. 
  6. ^ "History and Background". UCL Department of Mathematics. Retrieved 25 Apr 2011.