List of King's College London alumni

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This list of King's College London alumni comprises notable graduates as well as non-graduate former, and current, students. It also includes those who may be considered alumni by extension, having studied at institutions later merged with King's College London. It does not include those whose only connection with the college is (i) being a member of the staff or (ii) the conferral of an honorary degree or honorary fellowship.

Government and politics[edit]

Heads of state and government[edit]

Prime Minister of Jordan Marouf al-Bakhit (PhD, 1990)
President and Prime Minister of the Seychelles France-Albert René (LLB, 1957)
State/Government Individual Office Reference
 Bahamas Sir Lynden Pindling Prime Minister (1969–1992)
Premier (1967–1969)
 British Virgin Islands Augustus Jaspert Governor (2017–) [3]
 Cyprus Tassos Papadopoulos President (2003–2008) [4]
 Cyprus Glafcos Clerides President (1993–2003) [5][6]
 Cyprus John Harding, 1st Baron Harding of Petherton Governor (1955–1957) [7]
 Falkland Islands Nigel Phillips Governor (2017–) [8]
 Ghana William Hare, 5th Earl of Listowel Governor-General (1957–1960) [9]
 Gibraltar Ed Davis Governor (2016–) [10]
 Grenada Maurice Bishop President (1979–1983) [11]
 Iraq Abd al-Rahman al-Bazzaz Prime Minister (1965–1966) [12]
 Ireland Michael Collins Chairman of the Irish Provisional Government (1922) [13][14]
 Jordan Marouf al-Bakhit Prime Minister (2005–2007; 2011) [15][16]
 Moldova Natalia Gherman Acting Prime Minister (2015) [17][18]
 Saint Kitts and Nevis Sir Lee Moore Prime Minister (1979–1980) [19]
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Sir Sydney Gun-Munro Governor (1976–1979)
Governor-General (1979–1985)
 Seychelles France-Albert René Prime Minister (1976–1977)
President (1977–2004)
 Turks and Caicos Islands Martin Bourke Governor (1993–1996) [23]
 Turks and Caicos Islands John Freeman Governor (2016–) [24]
 Uganda Godfrey Binaisa President (1979–1981) [25]

United Kingdom[edit]

Current Members of the House of Commons[edit]

Chairman of the Conservative Party Brandon Lewis (LLM)

Current Members of the House of Lords[edit]

Former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey (BD, 1962)
Crossbench peer Lord Carlile (LLB, 1969)

Other UK politicians[edit]

Speaker of the House of Commons James Lowther, 1st Viscount Ullswater (AKC)
Speaker of the House of Commons Horace King, Baron Maybray-King (BA, 1922; PhD, 1940)
Sidney Webb, Labour peer and co-founder of the London School of Economics

Other politicians[edit]


UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov (MA, 1996)
Czech Defence Minister Jiří Šedivý (MA, 1994)


Deputy Prime Minister of Canada Anne McLellan (LLM, 1975)


President of the United Nations General Assembly Sir Muhammad Zafrulla Khan (LLB, 1914)
Malaysian Foreign Minister Rais Yatim (PhD, 1994)

Middle East[edit]


Vice President of Sierra Leone Abdulai Conteh (LLB, 1969)
Vice President of Kenya Michael Kijana Wamalwa (LLB, 1968)


Diplomatic service[edit]

British Ambassador to Ukraine Judith Gough (MA, 2012)

Royalty and nobility[edit]

Lawyers and judges[edit]

Attorney General of Jamaica Marlene Malahoo Forte (LLM, 1999)
Attorney General of Bermuda Trevor Moniz (LLB, 1975)

Police and security specialists[edit]

Armed forces[edit]

Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe Sir Adrian Bradshaw (MSc, 1991; MA, 2005)
Chief of Air Staff of the Pakistan Air Force Sohail Aman (MA, 1998)


Heads of institutions[edit]

Sir Anthony Seldon (PGCE, 1983)




Polymath Sir Francis Galton (Medicine, 1839)



Lasker Award winner Michael Houghton (Ph.D 1977) one of the co-discoverers of Hepatitis C in 1989
Winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry Michael Levitt (BSc, 1967)
Raymond Gosling (PhD, 1954) took Photograph 51 which was critical evidence in identifying the structure of DNA


Computer scientists[edit]


Earth scientists[edit]



Physicists and astronomers[edit]

Theorist of the Higgs boson and winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics Peter Higgs (BSc, 1950; MSc, 1952; PhD, 1954)




Archbishops & Primates[edit]

Archbishop of Armagh Richard Clarke (BD)
Catholic Archbishop of Addis Abeba Cardinal Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel
Archbishop Desmond Tutu (BD, 1965, MTh 1966) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984




Dean of Christ Church, Oxford Martyn Percy (PhD, 1993)

Other religious figures[edit]

Arts and media[edit]


Science fiction writer Sir Arthur C. Clarke (BSc, 1948)
Writer and philosopher Alain de Botton (MPhil, 1992)
Novelist and poet Thomas Hardy (French, 1863)
Author and poet Sir Michael Morpurgo (BA, 1967)
Dramatist Sir W. S. Gilbert of Gilbert and Sullivan (BA, 1856)
Writer Virginia Woolf (Languages, 1901)

Media, Entertainment, Film and Theatre[edit]

Impressionist and comedian Rory Bremner (BA, 1984)
Oscar-winning actress Greer Garson (BA, 1926)



Journalist Martin Bashir (Religious History, 1985)
Journalist Sean Fletcher (Geography)

Charlet Duboc — journalist


Grammy Award-winning conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner (CAMS, 1966)
Golden Globe-winning composer Michael Nyman (BMus, 1971)

Artists and photographers[edit]

Business and economics[edit]

Oil magnate and philanthropist Calouste Gulbenkian
CEO of Salomon Brothers Sir Deryck Maughan (BA, 1969)


Four-time Olympic medal winner Dame Katherine Grainger (PhD, 2013)
Harry Gem, inventor of the lawn tennis


Sir Banister Fletcher, President of the Royal Institute of British Architects


Famous civil engineer Sir John Wolfe-Barry, whose project was the building of the now iconic London Tower Bridge



Sir Ivison Macadam, KCLSU President in 1922 and became the Founding President of the UK's National Union of Students


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