Famous Wadhamites

17th July 2013

From Warden John Wilkins, co-founder of the Royal Society to actress Felicity Jones, Wadham's students and Fellows have been making their mark since 1610.

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    Alumnus Sir Christopher Wren, architect

Well-known Wadhamites

Including former students, Fellows and Wardens of the College. (Dates shown are dates of birth and death, and in brackets, the subject studied and year of matriculation).

Authors, artists, broadcasters and entertainers

Politicians, lawyers and civil servants

  • Richard Bethell, 1st Baron Westbury, Lord Chancellor, 1800-1873
  • Robert Blake, Cromwell's admiral, 1598-1657
  • John Dyson, Lord Dyson Justice of the Supreme Court 2010-2012;  Master of the Rolls and Head of Civil Justice, Justice of the Supreme Court  2012-2016, (1961 Classics)
  • Michael Foot, Leader of the Labour Party, 1913-2010 (1931 PPE)
  • William Fox, premier of New Zealand 1812-1893
  • Penaia Ganilau, Governor General and President of Fiji, 1918-1993
  • Tuanku Abdul Halim, Sultan of Kedah, King of Malaysia (5th and 14th Yang di-Pertuan Agong) 1970–1975 and 2011-present (1951 Social Studies)
  • Charles Hodson, Lord Hodson, Law Lord (1960-1971), 1895-1984
  • Frederick Lindemann, Physicist and scientific adviser to Churchill, 1886-1957
  • Kamisese Mara, Prime Minister and President of Fiji, 1920-2004 (1946 History)
  • Sir James Munby, Lord Justice of Appeal, President of the Family Division of the High Court (1967 Jurisprudence)
  • Michael Nolan, Law Lord (1994-98), Chairman of Committee on Standards in Public Life (1994-97), 1928-2007 (1949 Law)
  • Arthur Onslow, Speaker of the House of Commons, 1691-1768
  • Waseem Sajjad, twice interim President of Pakistan and Chairman Senate (1964 Law)
  • John Simon, Viscount Simon, Home Secretary, Foreign Secretary, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Chancellor, 1873-1954 (1892 Classics)
  • Frederick E Smith, Earl of Birkenhead, Lord Chancellor, Secretary of State for India, 1872-1930 (1892 Classics, Law)

Other well-known names


A list of the Wardens of the college in chronological order. Their time in office is given in parentheses.

More well known Wadhamites on Wikipedia