Which Famous People Have Studied At The University Of Oxford?
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The Famous Faces That Have Studied At The University Of Oxford

Vincent Ralph February 13, 2023

Oxford is the city of dreaming spires and home to one of the world’s most prestigious universities. You can feel the history and wisdom oozing out of the ancient walls and dusty books at every corner. No wonder why so many famous people walked the halls of the University of Oxford.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the brightest minds that once roamed the campus of this esteemed institution with this list of famous alumni.

Presidents Have Studied At Oxford

First up, we have Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States. Clinton attended University College, Oxford, as a Rhodes Scholar in 1968, where he studied politics, philosophy, and economics. His time in Oxford was a turning point in his life, where he developed a strong interest in politics and social justice. After completing his studies, Clinton went on to become the Governor of Arkansas and, later, the President of the United States, serving two terms in office. It’s safe to say that Oxford played a significant role in shaping his leadership skills and political views.

Another notable Oxford alumna is Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Prize laureate in history. Malala studied philosophy, politics, and economics at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, in 2017 and, since then, she has become a global icon for education and women’s rights. Her tireless efforts to promote girls’ education in underprivileged areas have earned her worldwide recognition, and she continues to be a source of inspiration for millions of people worldwide.

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Authors And Actors Have Walked Oxford’s Corridors

Moving on, we have one of the most celebrated authors of all time, J.R.R. Tolkien. Tolkien studied English language and literature at Exeter College, Oxford, and later became a professor of Anglo-Saxon at the same institution. During his time at Oxford, Tolkien wrote his famous fantasy novels, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, which went on to become some of the best-selling books of all time. His works have been adapted into movies, TV shows, and video games, and continue to inspire generations of fans worldwide.

Another iconic Oxford alumna is Stephen Hawking, one of the most brilliant minds in modern physics. Hawking studied at University College, Oxford, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in natural science in 1962. He later went on to pursue his doctorate at the University of Cambridge, where he made groundbreaking discoveries in the field of cosmology, and became one of the most influential scientists of all time. Hawking’s work on black holes, quantum mechanics, and the origins of the universe has had a profound impact on our understanding of the world and the universe.

Last but not least, we have Emma Watson, the beloved actress, and women’s rights activist. Watson studied English literature at Worcester College, Oxford, and graduated with a degree in 2014. Since then, she has used her fame to champion gender equality and women’s rights, and has become a prominent figure in the fight against sexual harassment and gender discrimination. Watson’s dedication to her cause has earned her numerous accolades and awards, and she continues to be a role model for young women around the world.

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Vincent Ralph is Senior Managing Editor at GRV Media. He graduated with a BA (Hons) in English Literature from the University of Greenwich and later completed his NCTJ in Newspaper and Magazine Journalism while studying in Cornwall. He was previously Head of Sixth Form at a secondary school in Kent, where he worked with hundreds of 16 to 19-year-olds over eight years. He joined GRV Media in 2014, working his way up from football writer to a senior member of staff. After two years as Managing Editor of Rousing The Kop and The Boot Room he became Senior Managing Editor of new student website Freshered. Vincent is a two-time New York Times bestselling author and his second novel is also a USA Today bestseller and the winner of the Southern Schools Book Award.