List of people associated with University College London

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This is a list of people associated with University College London, including notable staff and alumni associated with the institution.

Founders and supporters[edit]


Apart from Jeremy Bentham, all these men were named (in Latin) on the Foundation Stone.[1]

A translation of the Latin text engraved on a metal plate that was buried with the foundation stone reads as follows:[4]

To God's favour the greatest and best, eternal architect of the universe may it bring you happiness and good fortune at the beginning of the eighth year of the reign of King George IV of Britain the most highest prince Augustus Frederick Duke of Sussex patron of all the fine arts the oldest order of architecture the highest among the English the foundation stone of the London University between city state [i.e. citizens] and brothers standing around will be placed by his hand to applause.

Day before the day before the Kalends of May

The work of God desired by the most fortunate citizens of this town has begun at last in the year of human greeting 1827 and in the year of light 5827.

In the name of these most illustrious men who are present and with the guidance of Henry Duke of Norfolk, Henry Marquis of Lansdown, Lord John Russell, John, Viscount Dudley and Ward, George, Baron Auckland, the Hon. James Abercrombie and Sir James Macintosh, Alexander Baring, Henry Bougham, Isaac Lyon Goldsmid, George Grote, Zachary Macaulay, Benjamin Shaw, William Tooke, Henry Waymouth, George Birkbeck, Thomas Campbell, Olinthus Gregory, Joseph Hume, James Mill, John Smith, Henry Warburton, John Wishaw, Thomas Wilson, and William Wilkins, architect.



  • Sir Herbert Bartlett (1842–1921), civil engineer, enabled the establishment of the UCL Bartlett School of Architecture
  • Sir Isaac Lyon Goldsmid (1778–1859), financier, promoter of UK Jewry's emancipation; advocate for the foundation of UCL and a very generous benefactor

Council members[edit]

Nobel laureates[edit]

Former staff[edit]

Art, architecture, and design[edit]

Chemical sciences[edit]

  • David Clary, FRS, Director of the UCL Centre for Theoretical and Computational Chemistry and Professor, 1996-2002; Honorary Professor, UCL Chemistry, 2002-2007; Chief Scientific Advisor, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 2009-[9]

Engineering sciences[edit]

Languages and literature[edit]


Mathematical, physical, and space sciences[edit]

Life sciences[edit]


Social sciences, geography, and history[edit]

Current staff[edit]

For the main listing see

Art, architecture, and design[edit]

History, languages and literature[edit]

Mathematical, physical and space sciences[edit]

  • Tim Broyd, Professor of Built Environment Foresight and Honorary Professor of Civil Engineering
  • Alan Sokal, Professor of Mathematics

Life sciences[edit]

Social sciences, geography, and history[edit]





Mathematicians, scientists and statisticians[edit]

Sir Edward Sharpey-Schafter is regarded as the founder of endocrinology

Medical figures[edit]

Sir Martin Evans shared the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine after discovering a method for introducing homologous recombination in mice employing embryonic stem cells

Architects, artists, and designers[edit]

Banking, business and commercial figures[edit]

Prominent UK businessman Digby Jones served as a government minister under UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown

Charity sector figures[edit]

Government and public officials, heads of state and politicians[edit]

Sir Stafford Cripps (left) attempted to negotiate with fellow UCL alumnus Mahatma Gandhi for full Indian support of the British war effort in World War II during his 1942 "Cripps mission"
Sir Ernest Satow has been described as the first Englishman to become fluent in both written and spoken Japanese

Heads of state and intergovernmental organisations[edit]

Other politicians and public officials[edit]


Lawyers and judges[edit]

Literary figures and authors[edit]

Rabindranath Tagore, the first Asian Nobel Laureate, with fellow UCL Law alumnus Gandhi

Media professionals (1): film, television, theatre and radio[edit]

Ken Adam designed the famous flying racing car Chitty Chitty Bang Bang used for the 1968 musical film of the same name

Media professionals (2): editors, journalists and publishers[edit]

Musicians, musicologists and musical commentators[edit]

Guy Berryman, Coldplay
Chris Martin, Coldplay

Philanthropists, cultural, educational, military and religious figures[edit]

Sporting figures[edit]


Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, suspected bomber in 2009 Christmas Day bombing

Fictional figures[edit]

Lara Croft

Fictional alumni and students[edit]

Fictional staff[edit]

  • Owen Benjamin, closeted gay lecturer at UCL in the BBC's 1991 adaptation of The Lost Language of Cranes, David Leavitt's 1986 New York novel of the same name
  • Kirsty Daniels, UCL research assistant, in episode 63 (2011) of BBC TV's New Tricks
  • Philip McKenna, UCL cold-fusion scientist who is kidnapped and murdered in episode 63 (2011) of BBC TV's New Tricks'
  • Annabelle Reeve, alias character, as a UCL research chemist, former student, and Soviet spy, in episode four (2015) of the BBC TV series The Game
  • Brian Rutland, UCL cold-fusion scientist, in episode 63 (2011) of BBC TV's New Tricks


  1. ^ See Harte, N. and North, J. (2004), The World of UCL: 1828–2004, London : UCL Press, p.41
  2. ^ Harte, N. and North, J. (2004), The World of UCL: 1828–2004, London : UCL Press, p.28
  3. ^ Harte, N. and North, J. (2004), The World of UCL: 1828–2004, London : UCL Press, p.31
  4. ^ See an image of that original Latin text in Harte, N. and North, J. (2004), The World of UCL: 1828–2004, London : UCL Press, p.41
  5. ^ UCL News, 13 March 2008, accessed 26 June 2010
  6. ^ Named on the foundation stone, 1827, quoted in Harte, N. and North, J. (2004), The World of UCL: 1828–2004, London : UCL Press, p.41
  7. ^ "Prof Sir Peter Cook". Debretts. Retrieved 8 February 2012. 
  8. ^ UCL News, December 18, 2009
  9. ^ "FCO appoints chief scientific adviser", accessed 07-08-2012
  10. ^ Penelope Gouk. "Walker, D.P." Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. July 2, 2008. Chicago
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  12. ^ Mountain, Matt (May 2014). "Bruce Woodgate" (PDF). Space Telescope Science Institute. Retrieved 2014-05-18. 
  13. ^ CircleID reporter (23 April 2012). "Names of the Inaugural Internet Hall of Fame Inductees Announced". 
  14. ^ "Internet Hall of Fame". Retrieved April 2012.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  15. ^ Cochrane, Archibald L; Blythe, Max (2009) [1989]. One Man's Medicine: An Autobiography of Professor Archie Cochrane. Cardiff: Cardiff University. ISBN 978-0-9540884-3-9. 
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  21. ^ Birmingham, David (1998). Kwame Nkrumah: The Father of African Nationalism. Athens: Ohio University Press. ISBN 0-8214-1242-6. 
  22. ^ "FAMOUS SONS OF THE LION HOUSE". Retrieved May 21, 2011. 
  23. ^, Retrieved 10 August 2015
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  25. ^ Adler, Claire (Autumn 2003). "Pen Hadow". UCL People: 2. 
  26. ^ BBC Food
  27. ^ Frank Dawes. "Dale, Kathleen" Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. July 2, 2008. Ch
  28. ^ Frankie Nemko. "Feather, Leonard" Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. July 2, 2008.
  29. ^ Profile: Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, BBC, 2009-12-27' and UCL News, December 26, 2009
  30. ^ Imperial Terror Link

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