Arms Eminent Alumni


The first list is that compiled by C.H. Cooper around 1859 in his Memorials of Cambridge. It includes only those who died before 1858. The spelling has been modernised. Modern corrections and annotations are shown in square brackets.


Hugh Oldham, Bishop of Exeter, died 1519

Roger Collingwood, Fellow, author of Arithmetica Experimentalis, MS, flourished 1520.

John Fawne, D.D., Fellow, Margaret Professor of Divinity, flourished 1525.

Henry Bullock, D.D., Fellow, linguist, orator, and general scholar, died 1526.

Thomas Forman, President, one of the early advocates of the Reformation, died 1528.

Thomas Stackhouse, Fellow, Master of Michaelhouse, died 1533.

[Saint] John Fisher, President, Cardinal, Bishop of Rochester, beheaded 1535.

Desiderius Erasmus, D.D., famed for his profound learning, eloquence, and wit, and his able writings, died 1536. [There is some doubt as to whether Queens' can properly claim Erasmus as an alumnus. There is no written evidence that he was ever a member of the College, although it is highly probable that he stayed here - RDHW].

William Framyngham, Fellow, who excelled in various arts, especially music and rhetoric, and wrote several works which have perished, died 1537.

John Lambert, Fellow, martyred at London 1538. [burnt at the stake for Protestant beliefs].

Richard Whytford (who called himself the Wretch of Sion), author of numerous devotional and other works, flourished 1541.

John Crayford, D.D., Fellow, Master of Clare Hall, Cambridge, and of University College, Oxford, and Archdeacon of Berkshire, died 1547.

Gerard Carleton, Fellow, Dean of Peterborough, died 1549.

Simon Heynes, D.D., President, Dean of Exeter, Ambassador to Spain, died 1552.

John Taylor, Fellow, Bishop of Lincoln, died 1554.

William Franklyn, President, Dean of Windsor, Ambassador to Scotland, died 1555-6.

John Ponet, Fellow, Bishop of Winchester, died 1556.

Henry Fitzalan, Lord Maltravers, Ambassador to Flanders, a young nobleman of extraordinary promise, died 1556.

Richard Wilkes, Fellow, Master of Christ's College, died 1556.

William Glynn, President, Bishop of Bangor, died 1558.

William Peyto, Fellow, Cardinal, died about 1558.

William May, President, Dean of St Paul's, Archbishop elect of York, died 1560.

Alexander Alane (or Alesius), an earnest advocate of the reformation, Professor of Divinity at Frankfurt and Leipzig, author of numerous learned works, died 1565-6.

Edward Gascoyne, LL.D., Fellow, Master of Jesus College, Chancellor of the Dioceses of Ely and Norwich, flourished 1566.

John Bernard, Fellow, author of Oratio de vera animi tranquillitate, died around 1567.

John Stockys, D.D., President, Archdeacon of York, died 1568.

Thomas Davies, Bishop of St Asaph, died 1573.

Richard Eden, author of various geographical works, died around 1576.

Sir Thomas Smith, LL.D., Fellow, Secretary of State, celebrated for scholarship, died 1577.

Humphrey Toy, a noted London printer, died 1577.

Thomas Yale, LL.D., Fellow, Dean of the Arches, Master in Chancery, died 1577.

Richard Longworth, Fellow, Master of St John's College, Dean of Chester, died 1579.

Nicholas Robinson, Fellow, Bishop of Bangor, died 1584-5.

Andrew Perne, D.D., Fellow, Dean of Ely, Master of Peterhouse, died 1589.

George Gardiner, D.D., Fellow, Dean of Norwich, died 1589.

Thomas Lorkin, M.D., Fellow, Regius Professor of Physic, died 1591.

Henry Smith, Lecturer of St Clement Danes, London, author of admired sermons, treatises, and poems, and from his remarkable eloquence called the silver-tongued, died 1591.

John Harvey, author of several medical and astrological publications, died 1592.

John Maplet, author of The Green Forest, died 1592.

Edmund Scambler, Bishop of Norwich, died 1594.

John Aylmer, Bishop of London, died 1594.

Sir Thomas Heneage, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, a distinguished and experienced statesman, died 1594.

Henry Hastings, Earl of Huntingdon, for many years Lord President of the North, died 1595.

Poynings Heron, one of the commanders in the army raised to repel the Spanish invasion, died 1595.

Thomas Digges, an excellent mathematician and engineer, died 1595.

Robert Bowes, Ambassador to Scotland, died 1597.

Edmund Rockery, Fellow, Canon of Rochester, a noted puritan, died about 1597.

John May, Fellow, Bishop of Carlisle, died 1597-8.

John Jocelyn, Fellow, Secretary to Archbishop Parker, whom he greatly assisited in his De Antiquitate Britannicae Ecclesiae, died 1603.

John Whitgift, Archbishop of Canterbury, died 1603-4.

Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford, K.G., whose poems were much extolled by his contemporaries, died 1604.

Thomas Brightman, Fellow, author of commentaries on Canticles and the Apocalypse, died 1607.

Sir Christopher Yelverton, Speaker of the House of Commons, Justice of the King's Bench, died 1607.

Thomas Newton, a Latin poet of much clebrity, died 1607.

Robert Soame, D.D., Fellow, Master of Peterhouse, author of treatises in defence of the Church of England, died 1608.

William Chaderton, President, Bishop of Lincoln, died 1608.

John Lumley, Lord Lumley, High Steward of the University of Oxford, and a distinguished patron of literature, died 1609.

Thomas Blague, D.D., Dean of Rochester, died 1611.

Roger Manners, Fifth Earl of Rutland, Ambassador to Denmark, famous traveller and good soldier, died 1612.

William Covell, D.D., Fellow, author of works in defence of the Church of England, flourished 1613.

Humphrey Tindal, D.D., President, Dean of Ely, died 1614.

Arthur Agard, an excellent antiquary, who made important collections illustrative of the constitution and history of England, died 1615.

William Hutchinson, Archdeacon of Cornwall, died 1616.

George Withers, D.D., Fellow, Archdeacon of Colchester, died 1616.

John Jegon, Fellow, Bishop of Norwich, died 1617-8.

Thomas Jegon, D.D., Master of Corpus Christi College, died 1617-8.

Nicholas Latham, a munificent founder of schools and hospitals in Northamptonshire, died 1620.

Robert Townson, Fellow, Bishop of Salisbury, died 1621.

William Cotton, Bishop of Exeter, died 1621.

George Meriton, D.D., Fellow, Dean of York, died 1624.

Richard Milbourne, Fellow, Bishop of Carlisle, died 1624.

Theophilus Aylmer, D.D., Archdeacon of London, died 1625.

David Yale, LL.D., Fellow, Master in Chancery, and a distinguished civilian, died 1625.

Nicholas Felton, Bishop of Ely, died 1626.

Sir Edward Villiers, Ambassador to Bohemia and President of Munster, died 1625.

Henry Beaumont, D.D., Dean of Windsor, died 1627.

Thomas Middleton, a celebrated dramatist, died 1627. [This must be an error. Though there was a Thomas Midleton (sic) at Queens' at about the right time, there is no evidence that he was the dramatist. Research in the 20th century suggests that the dramatist went to The Queen's College Oxford, but did not take his degree. - RDHW].

George Mountain, Fellow, Archbishop of York, died 1628.

John Preston, D.D., Fellow, Master of Emmanual College, the most celebrated of the Puritans, author of pious and learned works, died 1628.

Roger Parker, D.D., Dean of Lincoln, died 1629.

John Weever, author of Ancient Funeral Monuments, died 1632.

[ John Hall, doctor, married Shakespeare's daughter Susanna, his case-notes published as Select Observations on English Bodies, died 1635.]

George Porter, LL.D., Fellow, Regius Professor of Civil Law, died 1635.

Edward Lapworth, M.D., Sedleian Professor at Oxford, and a distinguished physician at Bath, died 1636.

Stephen Nettles, Fellow, author of an answer to the Jewish part of Selden on Tithes, flourished 1637.

Thomas Fairfax, Lord Fairfax, Vice-President of the North, and a distinguished military commander in France and Flanders, died 1640.

John Davenant, President, Bishop of Salisbury, died 1641.

William Robinson, D.D., Fellow, Archdeacon of Nottingham and Canon of Westminster, died 1642.

Spencer Compton, Earl of Northampton, slain in fighting for King Charles I at Hepton Heath 1642-3.

Peter Hausted, D.D., a good poet and preacher and a loyal adherent to Charles I, died during the siege of Banbury Castle 1645.

Oliver St John, first Earl of Bolingbroke, died 1646.

Francis Fane, first Earl of Westmorland, died 1646.

Daniel Wigmore, Archdeacon of Ely, died 1646.

Herbert Palmer, President, a learned and pious divine author of Memorials of Godliness and Christianity, sermons and other works, died 1647.

John Towers, Bishop of Peterborough, died 1648.

Arthur Capel, Lord Capel, who displayed signal valour on behalf of Charles I, and was decapitated for his loyalty 1648-9.

John Smith, Fellow, author of Select Discourses in Divinity, died 1652.

Robert Cottesford, D.D., Fellow, Prebendary of St Paul's, Rector of Hadleigh and Monks Ely in Suffolk, and a great sufferer for his loyalty to Charles I, died about 1652.

Nicholas Culpepper, physician and astrologer, author of a Herbal and other works, died 1653-4. [This appears to be an error. The Nicholas Culpepper who was at Queens' was the father of Nicholas Culpepper the herbalist - RDHW].

Sir Hamon L'Estrange, antiquary and naturalist, died 1654.

Sydrach Simpson, Master of Pembroke Hall, died 1655.

Sir Henry Slingsby, beheaded for his loyalty 1658.

Laurence Bretton, D.D., Fellow, the learned, pious and charitable Rector of Hitcham in Suffolk, which benefice he lost on account of his loyalty, died 1659.

Samuel Jacombe, Fellow, Minister of St Mary, Woolnoth, London, a preacher of celebrity, died 1659.

Thomas Cawton, preacher successively in London and at Rotterdam, an incomparable linguist and alike distinguished for piety and loyalty, died 1659.

Thomas Fuller, D.D., author of the Church History of Britain, the Worthies of England, and numerous other able publications, died 1661.

Edward Martin, D.D., President, Dean of Ely, a great sufferer for his loyalty, died 1662.

James Windett, M.D., a first-rate Latin poet, died 1664.

John Goodwin, Fellow, a noted republican but zealous Arminian, author of numerous controversial and other works, died 1665.

William Roberts, Fellow, Bishop of Bangor, died 1665.

William Johnson, D.D., Archdeacon of Huntingdon, author of Deus Nobiscum, died 1666.

Samuel Winter, D.D., Provost of Trinity College Dublin, much famed for sanctity of life, died 1666.

Henry Hastings, Lord Hastings of Loughborough, a brave commander in the army of Charles I, died 1666.

Sir Robert Stapleton, LL.D., author of dramas, translations and other works, died 1669.

Thomas Mocket, author of several works on practical divinity, died about 1670.

Joseph Truman, author of the Discourse of Natural and Moral Impotency, and of other works, died 1671.

John Sherman, D.D., Archdeacon and Prebendary of Salisbury, author of Historia Collegii Jesu Cantabrigiae, died 1671.

William Sherwin, author of various works on millenary tenets, flourished 1672.

Thomas Horton, D.D., President, divinity professor at Gresham College, vicar of Great St Helens, London, author of a lrage number of sermons and an exposition upon some of the Psalms, died 1673.

Oliver St John, Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, and Chancellor of the University, died 1673.

Oliver Bowles, Fellow, an exemplary divine, Rector of Sutton, Bedfordshire, author of Tractatus de Pastore Evangelico, died at a great age 1674.

Sir Orlando Bridgman, Lord Keeper of the Great Seal, died 1674.

William Whitaker, Fellow, Minister of St Mary Magdalen, Bermondsey, a famous preacher of exemplary life, died about 1674.

William Wells, D.D., President, Archdeacon of Colchester, died 1675.

Richard Neville, a Colonel in the army of Charles I, died 1676.

Samuel Fairclough, a puritan minister of much ability and high character, died 1677.

Sir John King, Solicitor General to James, Duke of York, and an able advocate in the Court of Chancery, died 1677.

Robert Mapletoft, D.D., Master of Pembroke Hall and Dean of Ely, died 1677.

Charles Smith, Fellow, Archdeacon of Colchester, died 1678.

Sir Moundeford Bramston, LL.D., Master in Chancery and Chancellor of the diocese of Winchester, died 1679.

Edward Davenant, D.D., Fellow, Archdeacon of Berks, and Treasurer and Prebendary of Salisbury, died 1679.

Nathanael Ingelo, Fellow, author of several works, and highly skilled in music, died 1683.

Francis Bramston, Fellow, Baron of the Exchequer, died 1683.

Anthony Sparrow, President, Bishop of Norwich, died 1685.

John Pearson, Bishop of Chester, died 1686.

Roger Coke, author of a Detection of the Court and State of England, and other works, died about 1686.

Sir Charles Cotterell, author of translations from the Spanish and French, died about 1687.

Heneage Finch, Earl of Winchelsea, Ambassador to Turkey, died 1689.

Walter Needham, M.D., Fellow, Physician to Charterhouse, and a great anatomist, died 1691.

Richard Meggot, D.D., Dean of Winchester and author of sermons, died 1692.

Benjamin Rogers, Mus.D., successively organist of Eton College and Magdalen College Oxford, an excellent musical composer, living 1693.

Zachariah Cradock, D.D., Fellow, Provost of Eton, Prebendary of Chichester, and preacher at Gray's Inn, highly esteemed for his learning, eloquence and piety, died 1695.

John Patrick, D.D., preacher at Charterhouse, author of a Century of Psalms and of controversial works, died 1695.

John Fielding, Fellow, Archdeacon of Dorset, died 1697.

Charles Hopkins, author of dramas, poems and translations, died 1699.

Edmund Bohun, Chief Justice of South Carolina and author editor and translator of many works, died 1699.

Samuel Croborow, D.D., Fellow, Archdeacon of Nottingham and Prebendary of York and Southwell, a non-juror, died about 1700.

John Wallis, D.D., Fellow, Savillian Professor of Geometry at Oxford, an admirable mathematician and voluminous author, died 1703.

Johm Pomfret, Rector of Malden, Bedfordshire, author of The Choice, a poem which once enjoyed extensive popularity, died 1703.

John Lawson, M.D., President of the College of Physicians, died 1705.

Sir Thomas Jenner, Justice of the Comon Pleas, died 1706-7.

Simon Patrick, Fellow, Bishop of Ely, died 1707.

Joseph Kelsey, Fellow, Archdeacon of Wilts, died 1710.

Henry James, D.D., President, and Regius Professor of Divinity, died 1715-16.

Charles Daubuz, author of a perpetual Commentary on the Revelation of St John, died 1717.

Laurence Fogg, D.D., Dean of Chester, died 1717-8.

Sir Philip Meadows, Fellow, Latin Secretary to Oliver Cromwell, and Ambassador to Portugal, Denmark and Sweden, died 1718.

Simon Ockley, Professor of Arabic, a great oriental scholar, author of the History of the Saracens and other valuable works, died 1720.

Poley Clopton, M.D., Fellow, a distinguished physician at Bury St Edmunds and founder of an asylum in that town, died 1730.

John Davies, D.D., President, a great critic, editor of Cicero and other classical authors, died 1731-2.

Thomas Fuller, M.D., physician at Seven Oaks, author of various professional and other works, died 1734.

William Bramston, LL.D., Fellow, Commissary of the University, died 1734.

William Bramston, D.D., Fellow, Canon of Worcester, author of sermons, died 1735.

John Warren, D.D., Fellow, Prebendary of Exeter, author of two volumes of sermons, died 1736.

Thomas Brooke, LL.D., Dean of Chester, died 1737.

Joseph Wasse, Fellow, Rector of Aynhoe in Northamptonshire, a learned classical scholar, editor of Sallust and Thucydides and a contributor to Bibliotheca Literaria, died 1738.

Nicholas Kendal, Archdeacon of Totnes, died 1739-40.

Sir John Comyns, Chief Baron of the Exchequer, author of a laborious and useful Digest of the Laws of England, and of Law Reports, died 1740.

Benjamin Langwith, D.D., Fellow, Prebendary of Chichester and Rector of Petworth, an excellent antiquary and natural philosopher, died 1743-4.

Thomas Brett, LL.D., one of the most celebrated of non-jurors, and author of a large number of controversial works, died 1743-4.

Thomas Pellett, M.D., President of the College of Physicians, died 1744.

Nicholas Penny, D.D., Fellow, Dean of Lichfield, died 1744-5.

Henry Plumptre, M.D., Fellow, President of the College of Physicians, died 1746.

Charles Aston, D.D., Fellow, Master of Jesus College, one of the most learned critics of his age, died 1752.

Peter Allix, D.D., Dean of Ely, died 1758.

Isaac Maddox, Bishop of Worcester, died 1759.

Thomas Rymer, D.D., Fellow, author of a General Representation of Revealed Religion, died 1761.

Thomas Jones, Chaplain of St Saviours, Southwark, a pious and able preacher, died 1762.

John Hadley, M.D., Fellow, Professor of Chemistry, and physician to St Thomas's Hospital and Charterhouse, died 1764.

William Geekie, D.D., Fellow, Archdeacon of Gloucester, died 1767.

Richard Newcome, Fellow, Bishop of St Asaph, died 1769.

John Ryder, Fellow, Archbishop of Tuam, died 1775.

Benjamin Newcome, D.D., Dean of Rochester, died 1775.

Charles Plumptre, D.D., Fellow, Archdeacon of Ely, died 1779.

Daniel Wray, an admirable scholar and critic, one of the authors of Athenian Letters, died 1783.

Sir George Saville, M.P. for Yorkshire, famed for public spirit and liberality of sentiment, died 1784.

Henry Taylor, Fellow, Rector of Crawley and Vicar of Prtsmouth, one of the writers against Gibbon, died 1785.

Abel Ward, Fellow, Archdeacon of Chester, died 1785.

Robert Plumptre, D.D., President, Casuistical Professor, author of collections relative to the history of Queens' College, died 1788.

John Mitchell, Fellow, Woodwardian Professor, author of a treatise on artificial magnets and of papers on astronomy and other scientific subjects, died 1793. [Usually spelt John Michell. Matriculated 1742. B.A. (4th Wrangler) 1748/9. Fellow 1749-64. M.A. 1752. F.R.S. 1760. B.D. 1761. Woodwardian Professor of Geology 1762-4. Rector of Thornhill 1767-. First person to describe the Inverse Square Law of magnetic action. First person to describe a black hole 1784. Died 1793.]

Russell Plumptre, M.D., Fellow, Regius Professor of Physic, died 1793.

Henry Venn, Fellow, author of The Complete Duty of Man, and of numerous sermons and essays, died 1796.

Peter Newcome, Fellow, author of the History of St Alban's Abbey, died 1797.

William Brown, Fellow, Archdeacon of Northampton, died 1797.

Owen Manning, Fellow, author (jointly with Edward Lye) of Dictionarium Saxonico et Gothico-Latinum, and (with Bray) of the History of Surrey, died 1801.

Thomas Fyshe Palmer, Fellow, a great sufferer for his advocacy of parliamentary reform, died 1802.

Stebbing Shaw, Fellow, author of the History of Staffordshire, died 1802.

Joseph Dacre Carlyle, Fellow, Professor of Arabic and author of numerous publications connected with oriental literature, died 1803.

John Cole Galloway, Vicar of Hinckley, author of sermons and an Exposition on the Church Catechism, died 1804.

Robert Acklom Ingram, Fellow, Rector of Seagrave, author of various publications connected with social science, died 1809.

Claudius Buchannan, D.D., author of Christian Researches in Asia, and for ever memorable for his unceasing efforts to propagate Christianity in the east, died 1815.

Christopher Wyvill, Rector of Black Notley, author of numerous works in favour of parliamentary reform and religious freedom, died 1820.

Isaac Milner, D.D., President, Dean of Carlisle, successively Jacksonian and Lucasian Professor, author of a continuation of his brother's Church History, scientific papers, sermons, essays and controversial pamphlets, died 1820.

John Hatsell, Clerk of the House of Commons, author of valuable publications relative to parliamentary proceedings, died 1820.

Thomas Harrison, Fellow, Commissary of the University, died 1824.

Thomas Truebody Thomason, Fellow, chaplain at Calcutta, translator of the Old Testament into Hindustani, died 1829.

James Plumptre, Rector of Great Gransden, author of dramas, sermons and other works, died 1832.

Philip Yorke, Earl of Hardwicke, K.G., Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, and High Steward of the University, died 1834.

Sir Henry Russell, Fellow, Chief Justice of Bengal, died 1836.

Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges, a voluminous author whose works illustrative of English bibliography are especially valuable, died 1837.

Thomas Creevey, for many years a distinguished member of the House of Commons and successively Secretary of the Board of Control and Treasurer of the Ordnance, died 1838.

John George Breay, Minister of Chirit's Church, Birmingham, and Prebendary of Lichfield, a zealous and admired preacher, died 1839.

William Strong, D.D., Archdeacon of Northampton, died 1842.

Martin Joseph Naylor, D.D., Fellow, Master of Wakefield School and Rector of Crofton, author of Discourses on the Evidences of Christianity, sermons, addresses, and numerous contributions to periodical literature, died 1843.

William Mandell, B.D., Fellow, a pious divine, and author of a volume of sermons, died 1843.

Charles Callis Western, many years M.P. for Essex, ultimately created Lord Western of Rivenhall, died 1844.

George Henry Law, Fellow, Bishop of Bath and Wells, died 1845.

John Brown, Vicar of St Mary's Leicester, an evangelical, eloquent and persuasive preacher, died 1845.

Thomas Mortimer, a popular London preacher, author of sermons and other religious publications, died 1850.

John George Children, in high repute for his scientific attainments and especially for his knowledge of chemistry, died 1852.

Theyre Townsend Smith, Hulsean Lecturer, Assistant Preacher at the Temple, and Vicar of Wymondham, Norfolk, author of excellent sermons, died 1852.

Samuel Lee, D.D., successively Professor of Arabic, and Regius Professor Hebrew, an extraordinary linguist, author editor and translator of many valuable works, died 1852.

Joseph Holmes, D.D., Fellow, Headmaster of Leeds Grammar School, author of a volume of sermons vindicating the union of church and state, died 1853.

William Scoresby, D.D., one of the earliest explorers of the Arctic regions, author of an account of his adventures, discourses to seamen, works on magnetism, meteorology, natural history, and other scientific subjects, died 1857.

George Cornelius Gorham, Fellow, author of the History of St Neot's, and of other publications illustrative of English antiquities and ecclesiastical history, famous also for a remarkable controversy with the Bishop of Exeter, died 1857.

Richard Newcome, Archdeacon of Merioneth, died 1857.

Joshua King, LL.D., President, Lucasian Professor, an excellent mathematician, died 1857.

John Toplis, Fellow, author of a translation of Laplace's treatise upon analytical mechanics with explanatory notes and additions, died 1857.


That is the end of C.H. Cooper's 1859 list. In 1899, J.H. Gray added the following:


Philip Kelland, Senior Wrangler in 1834, Fellow, Professor of Mathematics at Edinburgh.

Robert Bickersteth, Bishop of Ripon, died 1884.

Dr William Wright, Fellow, Professor of Arabic, Old Testament Reviser, the great Orientalist, died 1889. [Honorary Fellow 1869]

Edward John Stone, F.R.S., Fellow, Astronomer Royal at the Cape, Radcliffe Observer at Oxford, died 1897. [Honorary Fellow 1875]


That was the end of J.H. Gray's list. At this point, historians seem to have stopped compiling lists of names of eminent alumni, etc. This next list has been assembled by various means, is still under construction, and is not exhaustive:


Henry Venn (1796 - 1873) [Q 1814-18 Fellow 1819-29], evangelical.

The Hon. Sir James Prendergast (1828 - 1921) [Q 1847-50], Chief Justice of New Zealand.

Alexander Crummell (1819 - 1898) [Q 1849-53], leading figure in the movement for black rights, active in USA, Britain, and Liberia. Helped found the American Negro Academy. Possibly the first black graduate of Cambridge. Another link.

Prof. Osborne Reynolds, F.R.S., M.I.C.E., LL.D.(h.c. Glasgow) (1842 - 1912) [Q 1863-67 Fellow 1867], mathematician, engineer, he of Reynold's Number. At 26, became the first full-time Professor of Engineering in England at Owens College, later Victoria University of Manchester. Honorary Fellow 1882.

Sir Samuel Butler Provis, K.C.B.,C.H. (1845 - 1926) [Q 1865-69], Permanent Secretary, Local Government Board. Honorary Fellow 1915.

Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (1852 - 1924) [Q 1870-72 Organ Scholar], composer and organist.

His Honour Ernest Wynne Martelli (d. 1917) [Q 1881-84], County Court Judge.

Sir William Waymouth Gibson, LL.M., D.C.L.(h.c., Dunlem) (1873 - 1971) [Q 1892-95], President of the Law Society. Honorary Fellow.

Sir William Peel, K.B.E., K.C.M.G. (1875 - 1945) [Q 1893-96], Governer & Commander in Chief of Hong Kong. Honorary Fellow 1932.

Prof. Sir Charles Herbert Reilly, O.B.E. (1874 - 1948) [Q 1893-96], architect.

His Honour Alfred Frank Topham, LL.M., K.C. (1874 - 1952) [Q 1893-96], County Court Judge.

Sir Reginald Gresham Clive Paterson, C.B., K.B.E. (1875 - 1939) [Q 1893-97, Fellow 1898-1904], Under Secretary of State for War.

Frank Vane Phipson Rutter (1876 - 1937) [Q 1896-99], art critic.

Charles Tate Regan, F.L.S., F.R.S. D.Sc.(h.c. Durham) (1878 - 1943) [Q 1897-1900], Director of the British Museum. Honorary Fellow 1928.

Sir (Thomas) Shenton Thomas, G.C.M.G., O.B.E., K.St.J. (1879 - 1962) [Q 1898-1901], Governor successively of Nyasaland, Gold Coast, Straits Settlements and High Commissioner for the Malay States. Honorary Fellow 1936.

Sir Gerald Bain Canny, K.C.B., K.B.E. (1881 - 1954) [Q 1900-03], Chairman, Board of Inland Revenue, Tithe Redemption Commission, etc.

Robert John Tillyard, B.Sc.(Sydney), Sc.D., F.G.S., F.R.E.S., F.L.S., F.R.S., D.Sc.(h.c. Sydney) (1881 - 1937) [Q 1900-03], Chief Commonwealth Entomologist in Australia. Honorary Fellow 1928.

Herbert Martin James Loewe (1882 - 1940) [Q 1901-04], oriental scholar. Honorary Fellow 1933.

Sir John Fitzgerald Moylan, C.B., C.B.E. (1882 - 1967) [Q 1901-04], Asst Under Secretary of State, Home Office.

Sir (William) Harold Webbe, C.B.E., D.L. (1885 - 1965) [Q 1904-07], M.P., Member and Alderman of London County Council.

George Armitage Chase (1886 - 1971) [Q 1905-08], Master of Selwyn College, Bishop of Ripon. Honorary Fellow 1946.

Sir Reader William Bullard, K.C.B., K.C.M.G., C.I.E. (1885 - 1976) [Q 1906], Ambassador in Tehran. Honorary Fellow 1962.

Sir Charles Francis Waterfall, C.S.I., C.I.E., I.C.S. (1888 - 1954) [Q 1906-09], Chief Commissioner, Andarman and Nicobar Islands, etc.

The Rt Revd Thomas Hannay, D.D. (1887 - 1970) [Q 1907-10], Primus of the Episcopal Church of Scotland. Honorary Fellow 1951.

Mr Justice Harold Alfred Cecil Blacker (1889 - 1944) [Q 1908-11], Puisne Judge, High Court of Lahore.

Prof. Sidney Smith, Litt.D., F.S.A., F.B.S. (1889 - 1979) [Q 1908-11], oriental scholar. Honorary Fellow 1935.

Sir Harry Douglas Townend (1891 - 1976) [Q 1910-13], Member, Council of State of India.

Captain Sir Geoffrey Duke Burton (1893 - 1954) [Q 1912-19], Director-General of Mechanical Equipment, Ministry of Supply.

Sir Frederick William Gentle (1892 - 1966) [Q 1912-15], Chief Justice of Madras. Honorary Fellow 1951.

Sir Alwyn Douglas Crow, Sc.D., C.B.E., F.Inst.P., M.R.I. (1894 - 1965) [Q 1913-21], Director & Controller of Projectile Development.

Sir Ralph Wilfred Lacey, K.B.E. (1900 - 1965) [Q 1919-21], Cotton Controller.

Sir Reginald Northam, LL.B., C.B.E. (d. 1967) [Q 1919-21], Principal of Swinton Conservative College, Masham.

Sir Roland Algernon Penrose (1900 - 1984) [Q 1919-22], artist.

Brigadier Francis Rossall Sandford, C.B.E., M.C., T.D., M.B., K.H.P. (1898 - 1962) [Q 1919-21], Hon. Physician to King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II.

Sir George Wilton Lee (1904 - 1986) [Q 1922-26], Sheffield steel industrialist.

Major-General Sir (Alexander) Douglas Campbell, K.B.E., C.B., D.S.O., M.C. (1899 - 1980) [Q 1923-25], Colonel Commandant Royal Engineers.

Sir Henry Steven Potter, K.C.M.G. (1904 - 1976) [Q 1923-26], British Resident, Zanzibar.

Sir Thomas Murray Shankland, C.M.G., J.P. (1905 - 1986) [Q 1924-27], Deputy Governor, Western Nigeria.

Sir Ranulph Robert Maunsell Bacon (1906 - 1988) [Q 1925-28], Deputy Commander, Metropolitan Police.

T.H. White (1906 - 1963) [Q 1925-29], author. His novel Darkness at Pemberley is initially set in a thinly disguised Queens' College, called St Bernard's College.

John Downton (1906 -1991) [Q 1925-28], artist.

Gilbert Charles Harding (1907 - 1960) [Q 1925-28], broadcaster.

Sir (Thomas) Leslie Rowan (1908 - 1972) [Q 1926-29], P.P.S. to Prime Ministers Churchill and Atlee, Chairman of British Council. Honorary Fellow 1954.

The Most Revd Joost de Blank, D.D.(Lambeth), D.D.(h.c.Trinity Coll., Hartford), D.D.(h.c. Huron Coll., Ottawa) (d. 1967) [Q 1927-30], Archbishop of Cape Town. Honorary Fellow 1961.

Sir (Arthur) George Rixson Mooring, K.C.M.G. (1908 - 1969) [Q 1927-30], British Resident, Zanzibar.

Lesslie Newbigin, C.B.E. (1909 - 1998) [Q 1928-31], Bishop of Madras.

Sir Thomas Padmore, G.C.B. (1909 - 1996) [Q 1928-31], Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport. Honorary Fellow 1961.

Prof. James Arthur Ramsay, Ph.D., M.B.E., F.R.S. (1909 - 1988) [CAI 1928-31, Q Fellow 1934-76], Professor of Comparative Physiology. Honorary Fellow 1976.

Sir Peter Frank Dalrymple Tennant, C.M.G., O.B.E., (1910 - 1996) [Trinity 1929-32, Q Fellow 1933-46], linguist, covert agent of the Special Operations Executive.

The Rt Hon. Sir George Stanley Waller, O.B.E. (b. 1911) [Q 1929-32], Lord Justice of Appeal. Honorary Fellow 1974.

Philip Allen, Lord Allen of Abbeydale, G.C.B. (b. 1912) [Q 1930-33], Permanent Under-Secretary of State, Home Office. Honorary Fellow 1974, Life Peer 1976.

Air Chief Marshal Sir John Gilbert Davis, G.C.B., O.B.E. (d. 1989) [Q 1930-33]

Sir (William) John Peel, D.S.N.B., D.S.L.J.(Brunei) (b. 1912) [Q 1930-33], M.P. for Leicester S.E.

John Eaton Nevill Russell (1911 - 1970) [Q 1930-33], Registrar of Probate and Divorce Division of the High Court.

Sir Geofroy William Tory, K.C.M.G. (b. 1912) [Q 1931-34], Ambassador to Ireland.

Prof. Sir Arthur Llewellyn Armitage, B.Phil., LL.B., LL.D.(Manchester) (1916 - 1984) [Q 1933-36, Fellow 1945-58, President 1958-70], Vice-Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manchester. Honorary Fellow 1970.

Abba Eban [Q 1934-37], Israeli statesman. Honorary Fellow 1998.

Patrick Noel Shuldham-Shaw (1917 - 1977) [Q 1936-39], authority on English folk dance and song.

Prof. Sir Harold Walter Bailey, M.A.(W. Australia), M.A., D.Phil.(Oxon.), D.Litt.(h.c.W.Australia), D.Litt. (h.c. ANU), D.D.(h.c. Manchester), D.Litt.(h.c. Oxon.), F.B.A. (1899 - 1996) [Q Fellow 1936-67], Professor of Sanskrit, scholar of oriental languages. Honorary Fellow 1967.

The Very Revd Prof. Henry Chadwick, K.B.E., D.D., D.D.(h.c., Glasgow), Mus B., F.B.A., M.R.I.A. (b. 1920) [Q 1938-41, Fellow 1946-58], Honorary Fellow 1958. Dean of Christ Church, Oxford. Master of Peterhouse.

Sir Michael David Irving Gass, K.C.M.G. (1916 - 1983) [Q 1938], Colonial Secretary, Hong Kong.

Sir (Theodore) Morris Sugden, Sc.D., C.B.E., F.R.S. (1919 - 1984) [Jesus 1938-41, Q Fellow 1957-63], Master of Trinity Hall. Honorary Fellow 1976.

Sir Geoffrey Charles Wardale, K.C.B., (b. 1919) [Q 1938-41], Second Permanent Secretary, Dept of Environment.

Prof. Sir James William Longman Beament, Sc.D., Ph.D.(London), F.R.S., F.R.S.A. (b. 1921) [Q 1940-43, Fellow 1961], Drapers Professor of Agriculture, Chairman N.E.R.C., author of The Violin Explained.

The Rt Hon. Sir Stephen Brown, P.C., LL.D.(h.c., Birmingham) (b. 1924) [Q 1942-47], Lord Justice of Appeal. President of the Family Division. Honorary Fellow 1984.

Sir Andrew George Derbyshire, D.Univ.(h.c., York), F.R.I.B.A., F.S.I.A.D., F.R.S.A. (b. 1923) [Q 1942-45], architect.

Sir Ronald Halstead, C.B.E., D.Sc.(h.c., Reading), D.Sc.(h.c., Lancaster), Hon.F.I.F.S.T., F.I.Mgt., F.Inst.M., F.I.G.D., F.R.S.A., F.R.S.C. (b. 1927) [Q 1945-48], Deputy Chairman, British Steel plc. Honorary Fellow 1985.

Ralph Harris, Lord Harris of High Cross, D.Sc.(h.c., Buckingham) (b. 1924) [Q 1945-47], Founder of the Institute of Economic Affairs. Life Peer 1979.

Sir Mark Evelyn Heath, K.C.V.O., C.M.G. (b. 1927) [Q 1945-49], Ambassador to the Holy See.

Prof. Alfred Charles Tomlinson, D.Litt.(h.c., Keele), D.Litt.(h.c., Colgate), D.Litt.(h.c., New Mexico) (b. 1927) [Q 1945-48], Poet, Professor of English at Bristol. Honorary Fellow 1974.

Prof. (Kenneth) William Wedderburn, Lord Wedderburn of Charlton, D.Jur.(h.c., Pavia), D.Econ.(h.c., Siena), F.B.A., Q.C. (b. 1927) [Q 1945-48], Professor of Commercial Law L.S.E. Life Peer 1977.

Sir (Kendal) George Lamon Isaacs, LL.B., K.C.M.G., C.B.E., Q.C., (1925 - 1996) [Q 1946-48], Attorney General of the Bahamas.

Sir John Vinelott (b. 1923) [Q 1946-48], High Court Judge, Chancery Division.

Professor Sir Derek William Bowett, LL.D., Ph.D.(Manchester), C.B.E., Q.C., F.B.A. [DOW 1947-50, Q Fellow 1960-70, President 1970-82], Whewell Professor of International Law. Member of the International Law Commission of the General Assembly of the U.N. Honorary Fellow 1992. Knight 1998.

Sir Derek Sydney Birley, LL.D.(h.c., QUB) (b. 1926) [Q 1948-50], Vice-Chancellor University of Ulster.

Prof. Peter Mathias, Litt.D., D.Litt.(Oxon.), D.Litt.(h.c. Buckingham) D.Litt.(h.c. Birmingham), C.B.E., F.B.A., F.R.H.S. (b. 1928) [JE 1948-51, Q Fellow 1955-68], Professor of Economic History, Oxford. Fellow of All Souls Oxford. Master of Downing College. Honorary Fellow 1987.

Surgeon Vice-Admiral Sir Godfrey James Milton-Thompson, K.B.E., F.R.C.P., Q.H.P., M.B., B.Chir., D.C.H. (b. 1930) [Q 1948-51], Surgeon General, Ministry of Defence.

The Hon. Mr Justice Oliver Bury Popplewell (b. 1927) [Q 1948-50], High Court Judge, Queen's Bench Division.

Prof. John Ernest Vaizey, Lord Vaizey of Greenwich, D.Sc.(Brunel), D.Litt.(h.c., Adelaide) (1929 - 1984) [Q 1948-51], specialist on the economics of education. Life Peer 1976.

George Walter Wilde [Q 1948-1950], Gardening writer.

Kenneth Kweku Sinaman Dadzie (1930 - 1995) [Q 1949-52], High Commissioner of Ghana in U.K. Honorary Fellow 1991.

Sir Martin Wyatt Holdgate, Ph.D. C.B., F.I.Biol. (b. 1931) [Q 1949-52], Chief Scientist to Departments of Environment and Transport.

Prof. Hugh Swynnerton Thomas, Lord Thomas of Swynnerton (b. 1931) [Q 1950-53], historian. Life Peer 1981.

Sir (Leonard) John Chalstrey, M.D., F.R.C.S., J.P. (b. 1931) [Q 1951-54], Consultant Surgeon, Lord Mayor of London 1995-6.

Kevin Billington (b. 1934) [Q 1954-57], film, theatre & TV director.

The Hon. Mr Justice (William) Anthony Campbell (b. 1936) [Q 1955-58], High Court Judge, Northern Ireland.

The Rt Revd Mark Santer, [Q 1957-60], Bishop of Birmingham. Honorary Fellow 1991.

The Hon Mr Justice Stephen John Sedley (b. 1939) [Q 1958-61], High Court Judge, Queen's Bench Division.

Sir David Allan Walker (b. 1939) [Q 1958-61], Chairman of the Securities and Investments Board. Director of the Bank of England. Honorary Fellow 1989.

Sir Leonard Vincent Appleyard, K.C.M.G. (b. 1938) [Q 1959-62], Ambassador to Peking.

Sir John Michael Middlecott Banham, LL.D.(h.c., Bath), D.Sc.(h.c., Loughborough) (b. 1940) [Q 1959-62], Director General of C.B.I. Honorary Fellow 1989.

Vice-Admiral Sir Robert Walmsley, M.Sc., K.C.B., F.I.E.E. (b. 1941) [Q 1959-62], Controller of the Navy.

Gareth Wyn Williams, Lord Williams of Mostyn, Q.C. (b. 1941) [Q 1959-62], Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Affairs.

Admiral Sir Peter Charles Abbott, K.C.B. (b. 1942) [Q 1960-63], Commander in Chief of the Fleet, Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff.

The Hon. Mr Justice David Nicholas Ramsay Latham (b. 1942) [Q 1960-63], High Court Judge, Queen's Bench Division.

Nicholas Kenneth Spencer Wills, F.C.A. (b. 1941) [Q 1960-63], company director, consultant. Honorary Fellow 1990.

Ewen Cameron Stewart Macpherson, M.Sc.(London Business School) [Q 1961-64], company director. Honorary Fellow 1996.

The Hon. Mr Justice Peter John Cresswell, LL.M. (b. 1944) [Q 1962-65], High Court Judge, Queen's Bench Division.

Prof. Sir Martin Best Harris, M.A., Ph.D.(London), C.B.E., LL.D.(h.c., Queen's, Belfast), D.U.(h.c., Essex), D.Litt.(h.c., Salford). [Q 1962-65], Vice-Chancellor, University of Manchester. Honorary Fellow 1993.

John Leonard Eatwell, Lord Eatwell of Stratton St Margaret, Ph.D.(Harvard) (b. 1945) [Q 1964-67, Fellow 1969-70], economist, Life Peer 1992, Principal Opposition Spokesman on Treasury and Economic Affairs. President 1997.

Derek Compton Lewis (b. 1946) [Q 1964-67], Chief Exec & Director General Prison Service.

Bernardo Sepulveda Amor, LL.B., Hon.G.C.M.G., LL.D.(h.c. San Diego), LL.D.(h.c. Leningrad) [Q 1964-65], Mexican Ambassador to USA, Mexican Ambassador to London. Honorary Fellow 1990.

Richard Sidney Hickox (b. 1948) [Q 1967-70 Organ Scholar], conductor, music director. Honorary Fellow 1996.

Rear Admiral Peter Spencer [Q 1967-70], Controller of the Navy.

Graham Colin Swift [Q 1967-70], novelist, Booker Prize winner.

Charles Leslie Falconer, Lord Falconer of Thoroton (b. 1951) [Q 1970-73], Solicitor General.

Declan Michael Martin Donnellan [Q 1972-75], theatre director, Cheek by Jowl Company.

James Anthony Jackson [Q 1973-76], geologist, FRS 2002.

Dr Colin Michael Foale [Q 1975-78], N.A.S.A. astronaut, first British man in space. Honorary Fellow 1998.

Roger John Davis [Q 1976-79], biochemist, FRS 2002.

Iain Declan Softley [Q 1976-79], film director.

Stephen John Fry (b. 1957) [Q 1978-81], actor, playwright, author. References to personalities at Queens' can be detected in his works. See also the QuickFry page.

Tom Holland [Q 1986-89], author.


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