List of University of Nottingham people

List of University of Nottingham people

A list of people related to the University of Nottingham or to its predecessor, University College, Nottingham.

Office holders


* Lord Trent (1949 – 1954)
* The Duke of Portland (1954 – 1971)
* Sir Francis Hill (1971 – 1978)
* Sir Gordon Hobday (1978 – 1993)
* Lord Dearing of Kingston-upon-Hull (1993 – 2000)
* Professor Fujia Yang (from 2000)


* Bertrand Hallward (1948 – 1965)
* Lord Dainton of Hallam Moors (1965 – 1970)
* Lord Butterfield of Stechford (1971 – 1975)
* Professor Basil Weedon (1976 – 1988)
* Sir Colin Campbell (1988 - Sept 2008)
* Professor David Greenaway (Due to take up post in Sept 2008)

Notable alumni


* Stewart Adams - Inventor of Ibuprofen
* Professor Bob Boucher - Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield
* Professor Arthur Carty - National Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada
* Sir Bernard Crossland - President of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers
* Professor Louis Essen - physicist
* Sir Clive Granger - 2003 Nobel Laureate, Economics
* Gerald Hawkins - Professor of astronomy, noted for his interest in Stonehenge
* Sir Brian Heap - Master of St Edmund's College, Cambridge and former Vice-President of the Royal Society
* Professor Reginald Hugh Hickling - Lawyer, colonial civil servant, law academic and author
* Professor James Kinsley - a professor of linguistics who was called as an expert witness in a case about the use of the word 'bollocks' in the Sex Pistols' album title 'Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols'
* Lord Lewis of Newnham - chemist
* Sir Keith O'Nions - geologist, Director-General UK Research Councils
* Professor Austin Quigley - Dean, Columbia College
* Roger Tomlinson - "Father of GIS"
* Professor Ian Wilmut - embryologist who managed the team who cloned Dolly the sheep
* Rev Dr Riad Kassis - Lebanese/Syrian theologian specializing in the Old Testament

Arts and media

* Matthew Bannister - BBC broadcaster and administrator
* Olav Bjortomt - quiz setter for "The Times" and notable contestant
* Professor Robert Brustein - Harvard English professor, founder of Yale University repertory theatre and the American Repertory theatre
* Chris Choi - ITV News journalist
* Michael Coren - author and broadcaster
* Ian Dickson - judge of Australian Idol
* Graham Fitkin - composer
* Daniel Gerroll - actor
* Ramsay Gilderdale - actor
* Elliott Gotkine - BBC South America correspondent
* Haydn Gwynne - actress
* Chris Hawkins - radio personality
* Oliver James - Psychologist and TV presenter
* Colin Matthews - composer
* James Moir - former controller of BBC Radio 2
* Richard Northedge - business journalist
* Charlie Parrish - Music Editor, ZOO magazine
* Jeff Randall - Daily Telegraph editor-at-large and Sky television presenter
* James Robinson - The Observer media correspondent
* Tracie - pop singer
* Ruth Wilson - actress
* Helen Willetts - BBC weather presenter
* Alasdair Grant - Actor - Golden Globe winner for "Rasputin" (1996)
* Tim Walklate - Musician - pioneered creating music on mobiles, famous for the song 'Arabian Hedgehogs'


* Jonathan Browning - Chairman, Vauxhall Motors
* Michael Carpenter - Chairman & CEO, Citigroup Global Investments
* John Coomber - CEO, Swiss Re
* Kuok Khoon Ean - Chairman, South China Morning Post
* Anne Gunther - CEO, Standard Life
* Keith Hamill - Chairman, Moss Bros, Go Airline, Collins Stewart and Luminar
* Sir Michael Hodgkinson - Chairman, Post Office Ltd; former CEO, BAA Plc
* Baron Hollick - former owner of United News
* Judith McHale - President and CEO, Discovery Communications
* Tim Martin - Chairman of Wetherspoons
* Oliver Pawle - Vice-Chairman of UBS Investment Bank
* Sir Robert Phillis - Chief Executive, Guardian Media Group
* Peter Rice - President, Fox Searchlight Pictures
* John Timpson - Chairman, Timpson
* Andrew Witty - CEO, Glaxo Smithkline

International politics and royalty

* Rt. Hon Peter Ala Adjetey - Speaker of the Ghanaian Parliament
* Zainab Bangura - Human rights campaigner, former Sierra Leone Presidential Candidate
* Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak - Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia
* His Majesty Sultan Tuanku Ja'afar - Tenth King of Malaysia, Yang Dipertuan Besar of Negeri Sembilan
* His Majesty Sultan Raja Azlan Shah - Ninth King of Malaysia, Sultan of Perak
* Tengku Tan Sri Ahmad Rithaudden - former Minister of Defence of Malaysia
* Tuanku Bahiyah - the fifth Queen of Malaysia
* Tun Dato Seri Dr. Haji Hamdan Bin Sheik Tahir - Governor of Penang province, Malaysia
* Tunku Tan-Sri Imran ibni Tuanku Jaafar - Prince of Negeri Sembilan, President of the Olympic Council of Malaysia
* Zara Salim Davidson - tha Crown Princess of Perak and the grandniece of the first Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman.

Members of UK Parliament, as of 2005

* Jeremy Browne MP - Liberal Democrat
* Parmjit Dhanda MP - Labour
* David Drew MP - Labour
* John Henry Hayes MP - Conservative
* Jimmy Hood MP - Labour
* Kelvin Hopkins MP - Labour
* Tony Lloyd MP - Labour, former Minister of State at the Foreign Office
* Meg Munn MP - Labour, Minister for Women and Equality
* John Pugh MP - Liberal Democrat
* Angela Smith MP - Labour
* Dari Taylor MP - Labour
* Paddy Tipping MP - Labour


* Bob Allcock, Solicitor General, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government
* Lord Best of Godmanstone - Director, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
* Andrew Colquhoun - Director-General, The Royal Horticultural Society
* Frank Halford - aircraft engine designer
* Sir Anthony Holland - Chairman of Northern Ireland Parades Commission
* The Rt Revd and Rt Hon. Lord Hope of Thornes - former Lord Archbishop of York
* The Rt Hon. Sylvia, Baroness Jay of Ewelme - Director-General, Food and Drink Federation
* Air Vice Marshal Johnnie Johnson - pilot, Second World War flying ace
* Mary Marsh - Director of the NSPCC
* Alexander McLean - Founder and Director of African Prisons Project
* John Monks - former General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress
* Dame Helen Reeves - Chief Executive of Victim Support
* Sir John Sawers - Current British Ambassador to the UN
* Sir Richard Tilt - Social Fund Commissioner, former Director General HM Prison Service
* Sir Mike Tomlinson - Chief Inspector of Schools
* Greville Wynne - British spy, imprisoned by the KGB


* Tim Brabants - Olympic canoeist
* Kristan Bromley - Bob Skeleton World Cup winner 2003/2004
* Sir Denis Follows - General Secretary, The Football Association and Chairman, British Olympic Association
* Brian Moore - England rugby union representative footballer and commentator
* Deryck Murray - Former Trinidad and Tobago and West Indies wicketkeeper
* Lynn Simpson - Former world champion canoeist
* Deng Yaping - four times Olympic table tennis champion, voted Chinese female athlete of the century
* Campbell Walsh - Athens 2004 Canoe Slalom(K1)Olympic Silver medilist, and Canoe Slalom World Cup Champion 2004
* Matthew Adam - AAF Dance Championship Silver Medaillist 2006, 'Mr Body Pop UK' 2006
* Keith Wyness - Chief Executive, Everton FC
* Edward Shield - Former junior world champion, ten pin bowling
* Lawrence Palk - Former World Champion Surfer (Fiji, 1998). Nickname - Crazy Larry
* Matt Smith - Leicester Tigers rugby player


* Meena Alexander - writer and poet
* Christopher Bigsby - novelist and literary critic
* Peter Boardman - mountaineer and writer
* Michael Bracewell - novelist
* Idris Davies - poet
* Jill Dawson - novelist
* Nirpal Singh Dhaliwal - novelist
* John Harvey (author) - crime writer
* Michael Hirst - screenwriter, "Elizabeth"
* Alan Jones (priest), author and Dean of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
* Bert Keizer - author of "Dancing with Mister D: Notes on Life and Death"
* D. H. Lawrence - novelist
* Stanley Middleton - novelist, winner of the Booker Prize
* Blake Morrison - novelist, poet, critic and journalist
* Michael Scammell - biographer, translator, Professor of Writing at Columbia University

Notable academics

* Sir John Ambrose Fleming - Pioneer of Electronics
* Viacheslav Belavkin - mathematician, pioneer of quantum probability
* George Carey - Archbishop of Canterbury
* Professor Bryan Campbell Clarke FRS - Pioneering geneticist, particularly noted for his work on apostatic selection, and work with snails.
* Hugh Gaitskell - Chancellor of the Exchequer, Leader of the Opposition 1955-1963
* Clive Granger - Nobel Memorial Prize-winning economist
* Don Grierson - geneticist
* George Garfield Hall - mathematician
* Susan Howson - first female winner of the Adams Prize (for mathematics)
* Luce Irigaray
* Sir Ian Kershaw - historian
* Sir Michael Lyons - Chairman, BBC Trust
* Sir Peter Mansfield - Nobel Laureate physicist
* Tom Paulin - poet and literary critic
* Martyn Poliakoff - chemist
* Sir John Cyril Smith - law
* Vivian de Sola Pinto - poet and literary critic
* Richard Wilkinson - public health
* Professor Xu Zhihong - President Peking University
* David Greenaway (Economist) - Economist and future Vice Chancellor


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