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This is a list of notable individuals associated with University College London.


Former staff

Art, Architecture and Design

Chemical sciences

Nobel laureates

Engineering sciences

Languages and Literature


  • John Austin- Professor of Jurisprudence, a major foundational figure for legal theory.
  • Professor Bin Cheng - Professor of Aviation Law, UCL and son of F.T. Cheng a.k.a Cheng T'ien-Hsi
  • Ronald Dworkin - Jeremy Bentham Professor of Law and Philosophy, formerly Quain Professor of Jurisprudence, major figure in jurisprudence, critic of legal positivism.
  • Baron Woolf - Former Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, studied at UCL Law dept. and taught as a visiting professor.
  • John Stewart Mill - Attended UCL to study with John Austin, major political philosopher.[3]
  • Sir Hugh Laddie - former Professor of Intellectual Property Law; Queen's Counsel; former High Court judge
  • Sir Basil Markesinis - Professor of Common Civil Law, Queen's Counsel; prominent legal academic

Mathematical, Physical and Space Sciences

Nobel laureate

Life Sciences

Nobel laureates


Social Sciences, Geography and History



Nobel laureates

Architects, artists, and designers

Banking, business and commercial figures

Charity sector figures

Civil servants, government employees, heads of state, politicians and royalty

Cultural management and heritage professionals

Engineers, mathematicians, scientists and statisticians


Hospitality and catering professionals

Lawyers and judges

Literary figures

Nobel laureates

Media professionals in film, television, theatre and radio

Editors, journalists and publishers

Medical figures

  • Sir (Ernest) Donald Acheson, KBE, DM, FRCP, FFPHM, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Medical Adviser to H.M. Government 1983-91.
  • William Carpenter CB FRS
  • Saverio Borriello - BSc, PhD, FRCPath, FFPHM, Director of the Specialist and Reference Microbiology Division of the Health Protection Agency [HPA] and HPA Director of Research and Development, since 2003; formerly Director, Central Public Health Laboratory, 1995-2003
  • Viscount Bertrand Dawson, was a doctor to the British Royal Family.
  • Sir William Jenner, was the first doctor to identify between typhus and typhoid
  • Edwin Lankester, founder of the Quarterly Journal of Microscopical Science (QJMS)
  • Sir Ronald Mason, KCB, FRS, Chair, UCL Hospitals Charities, since 2004; Chair, UCL Hospitals NHS Trust, 1993-2001
  • Raj Persaud, MB BS, BSc, Consultant Psychiatrist in General Adult and Community Psychiatry, Bethlem Royal & Maudsley Teaching Hospitals and Clinical Tutor to Bethlem & Maudsley Senior House Officers, since 1994
  • Heenal Raichura, the UK's youngest doctor at the age of 22,
  • Peter Sutton, MB, BS, FRCPath, formerly Director, Public Health Service Centre for Applied Microbiology and Research, Porton Down.
  • Sir Rodney Sweetnam, KCVO, CBE, FRCS, President, Royal College of Surgeons of England, 1995-98; formerly Orthopaedic Surgeon to The Middlesex and University College Hospitals 1960-92; Orthopaedic Surgeon to The Queen 1982-92.
  • Richard Turner-Warwick, CBE, FRCP, FRCS, FRCOG, formerly Senior Surgeon and Urologist to The Middlesex and St Peters Hospitals and Hunterian Professor Royal College of Surgeons
  • Dame Margaret Turner-Warwick, DBE, MA, DM, PhD, FRCP, President, Royal College of Physicians 1989-92
  • Kenneth Walton, noted pathologist

Nobel laureates

Musicians, musicologists and musical commentators

Guy Berryman, Coldplay
Chris Martin, Coldplay

Philanthropists and religious figures

Hugh Price Hughes

Sporting figures


Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, suspected bomber in 2009 Christmas Day bombing

Fictional alumni

  • Nick Guest, protagonist of the Booker Prize winning The Line of Beauty
  • Gregory Brown, window cleaner of the Engineering Building in Friends, The One With The Truth About London

Current staff

Art, Architecture and Design

Languages and Literature

Mathematical, Physical and Space Sciences

Life sciences

  • Peter Butler, Professor of Surgery
  • Mitchell Glickstein, Professor of Sensory Neuroscience
  • Steve Jones, Professor of Genetics
  • Sammy Lee, expert in vitro fertilisation
  • John Martin, the UCL British Heart Foundation Professor of Cardiovascular Science
  • Janet Radcliffe-Richards, Director, Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Philosophy
  • Martin Raff, Professor of Zoology, Former Director of the Laboratory of Molecular Cell Biology
  • Robin Weiss, Director of the Wohl Virus Research Centre, discovered that CD4 is the co-receptor for HIV
  • Lewis Wolpert, Professor of Biology
  • Semir Zeki, Professor of Anatomy

Social Sciences, Geography and History


  1. ^ UCL News, 18 December 2009
  2. ^ Penelope Gouk. "Walker, D.P.." Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. 2 Jul. 2008 <>. Chica
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  5. ^ Adler, Claire (Autumn 2003). "Pen Hadlow". UCL People: p. 2. 
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  7. ^ Frank Dawes. "Dale, Kathleen." Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. 2 Jul. 2008 <>. Ch
  8. ^ Frankie Nemko. "Feather, Leonard." Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. 2 Jul. 2008 <>.
  9. ^ Profile: Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, BBC, 2009-12-27
  10. ^ Statement update on attempted act of terrorism on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 UCL News, 26 December 2009
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