List of Old Gowers

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This is a List of Notable Old Gowers – former pupils of University College School. The school opened on 1 November 1830, at 16 Gower Street, which is the origin of the sobriquet 'Old Gower'.





  • Paul Dacre, editor of the Daily Mail
  • Sir Michael Day (OG 1946–52), Chair of the Commission for Racial Equality 1988-1993; Previous career: Chief Probation Officer of Surrey 1968-1976, CPO West Midlands 1976-1988, Chair Conference of CPOs 1974-77, Chairman Chief Officers of Probation 1982-1984; OBE 1980; Knighthood 1992
  • William Frend De Morgan (OG 1849–55), artist, potter and novelist
  • Hugh Dennis (OG 1974–1980), actor and comedian, was head boy in 1980
  • Nick Denton (OG ?-?), Internet businessman
  • Jonathan Djanogly, Member of Parliament, Shadow Solicitor General and Shadow Minister for Trade and Industry (2005–)
  • Peter Dollery, leading British educationalist
  • John Dorian (OG ?-?), surgeon
  • Sir Henry Doulton (OG 1833–36), inventor and manufacturer of pottery, winner of the Albert Medal
  • Sir Edwin Durning-Lawrence (OG 1847–52), Professor at University College London. He researched the Baconian theory. There a Durning-Lawrence Professor of the History of Art at UCL, and the main hall at UCS is officially known as the Durning-Lawrence Hall.
  • Joseph Duveen, 1st Baron Duveen of Millbank (OG 1877–80), One of the most influential art dealers of all time and a philanthropist






  • Rufus Isaacs, 1st Marquess of Reading (OG 1873–74), Lord Chief Justice, Foreign Secretary (briefly), Leader of the House of Lords, solicitor and attorney general (held separately), Ambassador to the USA, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports and Viceroy of India.







  • Professor Karl Pearson FRS (OG 1866–73), Founder of Department of Applied Statistics of University College London which was the first statistics department in the world. He was a major contributor to the development of statistics. Contemporary and close friend of Kikuchi Dairoku.
  • Giles Pegram CBE, Charity Fundraiser, Oxfam & NSPCC[13]
  • Sir Roger Penrose OM FRS, Mathematician, Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics, University of Oxford. Winner of De Morgan Medal (See Notable Staff for De Morgan himself). Sir Roger has the honour of holding a Chair and medal named after two different people involved with the school (a pupil and a teacher). Author of popular physics books.
  • Sir Claude Phillips (OG 1856–58), Keeper of the Wallace Collection
  • Professor Vivian de Sola Pinto, poet, literary critic and historian. He appeared for the defence (Penguin Books) at the Lady Chatterly's Lover trial.
  • Richard Bissell Prosser, Engineer and inventor.








  • Sir Alfred Yarrow, Bart., FRS (OG 1855–58), Ship building industrialist and philanthropist



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  3. ^ W. J. O'Connor, ed., British physiologists 1885–1914: a biographical dictionary (1991), p. 124
  4. ^ [1] Jewish Chronicle: "He won GPs their big bucks"
  5. ^ Biographical details don't seem to mention his education below university level, but as he actively participated in UCS fundraising and applied to be a member of the corporation, he may well be an Old Gower
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  7. ^ "Air Vice-Marshal Bill Gill". The Daily Telegraph (London). 20 July 2007. 
  8. ^ Greiffenhagen, Maurice – 'Carlisle, the Gateway to Scotland', LMS poster, 1924. – High quality art prints, canvases, postcards, mugs – SSPL Prints
  9. ^ "Music – Martin Lamble". BBC. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  10. ^ "History of Fairport – Fairport Convention's official website". Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
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  12. ^ "David McCallum Biography". Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  13. ^ [2] Archived January 10, 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ Thomas Boverton Redwood
  15. ^ Admiral Sir Percy Scott
  16. ^ Johnson
  17. ^ ::The Admiralty and the Submarine Service::
  18. ^ British Society for the History of Mathematics