Notable Alumni

This is a list of notable people who have studied at Trinity College. It is by no means exhaustive; corrections and suggestions for further additions are welcome.

NameLived         Mini-biography
George Gascoigne1525-1577Poet, dramatist - Jocasta, The Glasse of Government
John Dee1527-1608Alchemist, geographer, mathematician
Edward Coke1552-1634Lawyer, politician; Chief Justice of the King's Bench
Philemon Holland1552-1637Translator of Pliny, Plutarch, Xenophon.
Francis Bacon1561-1626Lawyer, philosopher, poet; Lord Chancellor
Henry Spelman1562-1641Antiquary - Reliquiae Spelmannianae
Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex1566-1601Soldier, courtier to Elizabeth I; executed for rebellion
John Winthrop1588–1649First governor of Massachusetts
Giles Fletcher1588-1623Poet - Christ's Victory and Triumph
Sir Robert Filmer1588?-1653Political writer - author of Patriarcha
George Herbert1593-1633Poet - The Temple; MP (Montgomery)
Thomas Randolph1605-1635Poet, dramatist
John Suckling1609-1642Poet, dramatist
Abraham Cowley1618-1667Poet, dramatist - The Mistress
Andrew Marvell1621-1678Poet -`Horatian Ode', The Rehearsal Transpros'd; MP (Hull)
George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham1627-1687Wit, dramatist - The Rehearsal; member of the `Cabal'
John Ray1627-1705Naturalist; created the principles of plant classification
John Dryden1631-1700Poet Laureate -Absalom and Achitophel; Translator of Virgil
Francis Willughby1635-1672Naturalist
Isaac Newton1642-1727Mathematician, physicist; MP (Cambridge University)
George Jeffreys1645-1689Judge - `Bloody Assizes'; Lord Chancellor
Nathaniel Lee1649-1692Dramatist - The Rival Queens
Charles Montagu, 1st Earl of Halifax1661-1715Founded Bank of England, 1694; Chancellor of Exchequer
John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich1718-1792First Lord of the Admiralty; invented the 'sandwich'
John Manners, Marquess of Granby1721-1770Soldier of Seven Years' Way; commemorated in dozens of pub names
Richard Cumberland1732-1811Playwright - The Brothers, The West Indian
Thomas, Lord Erskine1750-1823Lord Chancellor, jurist
George Crabbe1754-1832Poet; did not matriculate
Richard Porson1759-1808Classical scholar
Spencer Perceval1762-1812Prime Minister 1809-1812 (Tory); assassinated
Charles, Earl Grey1764-1845Prime Minister 1830-1834 (Whig); Great Reform Act (1832)
John Lyndhurst1772-1863Lawyer; Lord Chancellor
Viscount Melbourne1779-1848Prime Minister 1834, 1835-1841 (Whig)
John, 3rd Earl Spencer1782-1845Known as Lord Althorp; Chancellor of the Exchequer
Adam Sedgwick1785-1873Geologist
George Gordon, Lord Byron1788-1824Poet - `She Walks in Beauty', Don Juan
Charles Babbage1791-1871Mathematician; Built the forerunner of modern computers
Kenelm Digby1797-1880Medievalist; Strong influence on Pre-Raphaelites
Thomas Babington, Lord Macaulay1800-1859Historian, essayist
William Henry Fox Talbot1800-1877Inventor of photography
George Airy1801-1892Astronomer, geophysicist
William Smith O'Brien1803-1864Irish Nationalist
Edward Bulwer-Lytton1803-1873Novelist - The Last Days of Pompeii; politician
James Challis1803-1882Astronomer; twice observed Neptune without noting it, before its discovery
Frederick D Maurice1805-1872Theologian, writer, Christian Socialist
Augustus de Morgan1806-1871Mathematician; symbolic logic
Richard Chenevix Trench1807-1888Poet, Archbishop of Dublin; Theorist of English Language
James Spedding1808-1881Scholar; editor of Bacon's Works
Monckton Milnes1809-1885Politician, man of letters
Alfred, Lord Tennyson1809-1892Poet Laureate - Maud, In Memoriam
Edward Fitzgerald1809-1883Poet - `The Rubá iyá t of Omar Khayyá m'
Thomas Wright1810-1877Antiquary, medievalist, founding member of Camden and Shakespeare Societies
William M. Thackeray1811-1863Novelist - Vanity Fair, Henry Esmond
Tom Taylor1817-1880Scottish dramatist; editor of Punch
Thomas Wade1818-1895Diplomat; invented Wade-Giles Chinese transliteration
Arthur Cayley1821-1895Mathematician; non-Euclidean geometry, invented matrices
Francis Galton1822-1911Scientist; meteorology, heredity
Brooke Westcott1825-1901Canon of Westminster, Bishop of Durham
William Waddington1826-1894French Prime Minister 1879; archaeologist
William Harcourt1827-1904Liberal statesman; home secretary, Chancellor of the Exchequer
Hugh Childers1827-1896Australian statesman, then British Chancellor of the Exchequer
Joseph Lightfoot1828-1889Bishop of Durham; theologian
Edward White Benson1829-1896Archbishop of Canterbury, 1883-1896
James Clerk Maxwell1831-1879Physicist; electromagnetism
John, Lord Acton1834-1902Historian
Henry Campbell-Bannerman1836-1908Prime Minister 1905-1908 (Liberal)
Michael Foster1836-1907Physiologist; MP (London University)
Henry Sidgwick1838-1900Philosopher, major proponent of women's colleges
George Otto Trevelyan1838-1928Historian; MP; Father of G. M. Trevelyan
Richard Jebb1841-1905Greek scholar
Edward VII1841-1910Reigned 1901-1910
Lord Rayleigh1842-1919Physicist; isolated the inert gas argon
Frederick Pollock1845-1937Jurist
Edmund Gosse1849-1928Poet, critic - On Viol and Flute
Arthur Balfour1848-1930Prime Minister 1902-1905 (Conservative)
F. W. Maitland1850-1906Legal historian
Charles Stanford1852-1924Composer, organist
James Frazer1854-1941Anthropologist; writer - The Golden Bough
A. E. Housman1859-1936Poet - A Shropshire Lad; Classical scholar
A. N. Whitehead1861-1947Philosopher, mathematician
George, Lord Carnarvon1866-1923Egyptologist; funded the discovery of Tut'ankhamun's tomb
Freeman Freeman-Thomas, Marquess of Willingdon1866-1941Administrator; Viceroy of India
Stanley Baldwin1867-1947Prime Minister 1923-24, 1924-29, 1935-37 (Conservative)
Erskine Childers1870-1922Writer, Irish Nationalist - The Riddle of The Sands
Ralph Vaughan Williams1872-1958Composer - Sea Symphony, Pilgrim's Progress
Prince Ranjitsinhji1872-1933Cricketer; Indian Prince
G. E. Moore1873-1958Philosopher
Aleister Crowley1875-1947Writer and 'Magician'; 'the wickedest man alive'
Walter Greg1875-1959Bibliographer and Editor of Marlowe and Shakespeare
Geoffrey Winthrop Young1876-1958Doyen of British mountaineering; author of many books on the subject
Charles Rolls1877-1910Co-founder of Rolls-Royce; aviator
Muhammad Iqbal1877-1938Islamic poet and philosopher
James Jeans1877-1946Astronomer, mathematician; stellar evolution
Godfrey Harold Hardy1877-1947Mathematician; A Mathematician's Apology
Lytton Strachey1880-1932Biographer - Eminent Victorians; Bloomsbury Group
Leonard Woolf1880-1969Writer; husband of Virginia; Bloomsbury Group
Clive Bell1881-1964Art and literary critic; husband of Vanessa
Alfred Radcliffe-Brown1881-1955Social anthropologist
A. A. Milne1882-1956Novelist - Winnie the Pooh
Arthur Eddington1882-1944Astronomer
John Littlewood1885-1977Mathematician; Fourier Series, Zeta Function
Harry Philby1885-1960Explorer of Arabia; father of Kim
G. I. Taylor1886-1975Physicist, mathematician; Fluid dynamics, crystals
C. D. Broad1887-1971Philosopher
Srinivasa Ramanujan1887-1920Mathematician; analytic number theory, elliptic integrals
Sydney Chapman1888-1970Mathematician, geophysicist; kinetic theory, geomagnetism
Ludwig Wittgenstein1889-1951Philosopher
Jawaharlal Nehru1889-1964First Prime Minister of India, 1949-1964
George VI1895-1952Reigned 1936-1952
Vladimir Nabokov1899-1977Russian and English novelist - Lolita
Christopher, Lord Hinton1901-1983Nuclear engineer; constructed Calder Hall, the first large scale reactor
George 'Gubby' Allen1902-1989Cricketer - captained England; played in Bodyline series
Frank Plumpton Ramsey1903-1930Philosopher, mathematician, economist
Otto Frisch1904-1979Nuclear physicist; first used the term 'nuclear fission'
Erskine Childers1905-1974President of the Irish Republic, 1973-74
John Lehmann1907-1987Poet, man of letters; inaugurated The London Magazine
Peter Scott1909-1989Artist, ornithologist; Olympic sailor (1936)
Nicholas Monsarrat1910-1979Novelist - The Cruel Sea
Enoch Powell1912-1998Statesman; Minister of Health, 1960-3
Willie Whitelaw1918-1999Statesman; Home Secretary, 1979-83
John Robinson1919-1983Theologian; Bishop of Woolwich, Dean of Trinity
Raymond Williams1921-1988Marxist critic, novelist - The Country and the City
Rajiv Gandhi1944-1991Prime Minister of India, 1984-1989