Notable alumni

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King’s is proud to have a long history of illustrious alumni who have made significant contributions in their fields. Here is a selection of some of the famous, influential and inspirational alumni who have worked or studied at King's and its affiliate institutions over the years.

Alain de Botton Alain de Botton

 Joseph Lister

 Arthur C. Clarke

 Charles Lyell

 Maureen Duffy

 James Clerk Maxwell

 Rosalind Franklin

Edith Morley Edith Morley

Katherine Grainger

 Michael Morpurgo

 Helen Gwynne-Vaughan Helen Gwynne-Vaughan

Sarah Mullally Sarah Mullaly

 Thomas Hardy

Sarojini Naidu Sarojini Naidu

 Peter Higgs

 Florence Nightingale 

 Susan Hill

 Nancy Rothwell

 Thomas Hodgkin

 Cicely Saunders

Helen Hudson Helen Hudson

 Desmond Tutu

 Derek Jarman

 Sarojini Naidu Maurice Wilkins

  John Keats

  Virginia Woolf