Notable Alumnae

In honour of International Women's Day on 8 March, we've highlighted three of our incredible King's alumnae. Each of these women were groundbreaking in their field and have had a huge impact on the wider world.


Florence Nightingale founded the world’s first professional school of nursing at St Thomas’ Hospital, the precursor to King’s Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care.


Rosalind Franklin 

Rosalind Franklin is most famous for her work in X-ray spectroscopy, taking images of DNA molecules at King’s College London. ‘Photograph 51’, an image she took in 1952, demonstrated the helical structure of DNA and enabled James Watson and Francis Crick to build the first model of the molecule. 



Virginia Woolf was a pioneering novelist and remains a feminist icon. Her most famous works include Mrs Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, Orlando and her seminal essay on women and fiction A Room of One’s Own.

You can find out about more of King's famous alumni on our notable alumni page.