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]

Fields Medallists[edit]

The Fields Medal is often described as the "Nobel Prize in Mathematics". The UCL mathematical community has produced three Fields Medallists,[8]

1998: Timothy Gowers

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

1970: Alan Baker

  • BSc (1961), Professor (1964–1965)

1958: Klaus Roth

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

Former staff[edit]

Art, architecture, and design[edit]

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]





Life scientists[edit]

Mathematicians, scientists and statisticians[edit]

Sir Edward Sharpey-Schafter is regarded as the founder of endocrinology
  • R.J.G. Savage (PhD Paleontology), palaeontologist known as Britain's leading expert on fossil mammals
  • M. J. Seaton, British mathematician, atomic physicist and astronomer
  • Ian Sloan, Australian applied mathematician
  • Kirstine Smith, statistician, creator of optimal design of experiments
  • David Spiegelhalter, statistician, Professor at Cambridge
  • Russell Stannard, Professor Emeritus of Physics at the Open University, winner of the 1999 Bragg Medal
  • Tan Tin Wee (陈定炜), Singaporean scientist, 2012 Inaugural Internet Hall of Fame,[20][21] inventor of Internationalized Domain Names (IDN) (1998), bioinformatics pioneer in Asia, Director, National Supercomputing Centre Singapore.
  • Percy White (Chemical Engineering), British chemist and nuclear scientist
  • Heinz Wolff, scientist, television and radio presenter
  • Jerzy Neyman, Polish mathematician and statistician that first introduced the modern concept of a confidence interval into statistical hypothesis testing and co-revised Ronald Fisher's null hypothesis testing

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"

UCL has had a long and distinguished history in producing many prominent politicians for countries home and abroad. Notable alumni include the "Father of the Nation" of each of India, Kenya and Mauritius, the founders of Ghana, modern Japan and Nigeria among others.

Hirobumi Itō drafted Imperial Japan's first constitution
Jomo Kenyatta oversaw the creation of Kenya's public institutions after independence from the United Kingdom
Junichiro Koizumi was the longest-serving Prime Minister of Japan since 1972
Chaim Herzog was the first President of Israel to make an official state visit to Germany
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]



  • Tengku Muhammad Faiz Petra - Current Crown Prince of Kelantan, one of the Crown Princes of Malaysia, as a federal constitutional monarchy

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]

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]

Fictional alumni and students[edit]


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