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Notable alumni 

More than 250,000 students have graduated from the University of Liverpool, since it was established in 1892, including nine recipients of the Nobel Prize. Below are a few familar names who were amongst them.
 
Dame Rose Heilbron

LLB (Hons) 1935, LLM 1937, HonLLB  1975
Barrister and the first female judge to sit at the Old Bailey

Dame Rose Heilbron

 

Sir Frank Kermode
BA (Hons) English Language & Literature 1940

Literary critic‌

Sir Frank Kermode

 

Sid Watkins
BSc (Hons) Physiology 1949, MBChB 1952, Hon DSc 2004
World-renowned neurosurgeon who served for 26 years as the FIA Formula One Safety and Medical Delegate

Sid Watkins

 

John Shirley-Quirk CBE
BSc (Hons) Chemistry 1952, Diploma in Education 1953, Hon DMus 1976
Acclaimed opera singer (below, left)

John Shirley-Quirk CBE

 

Patricia Routledge
BA (Hons) English Language & Literature 1957, Hon LittD 1999
Actress best known for her role as Hyacinth Bucket in Keeping Up Appearances

Patricia Routledge

 

Dame Stella Rimington
MA Archive Studies 1959

The first female Director-General of MI5

Dame Stella Rimington

 

Tung Chee Hwa
Eng (Hons) Marine Engineering 1960, Hon LLD 1997

First Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China

CH Tung

 

Sir Ian Kershaw
BA (Hons) History 1964

Historian

Sir Ian Kershaw

 

Frank Duckworth MBE
BSc (Hons) Metallurgy 1961, PhD 1965

Statistician, developed the Duckworth–Lewis method in cricket (pictured below, left, with Anthony Lewis)

Frank Duckworth

 

Ong Teng Cheong
MCD 1967, Hon LLD 1998

Fifth President of Singapore

Ong Teng Cheong

 

Brian Hall
BSc (Hons) 1968

Former Liverpool FC football player

Brian Hall

 

Sir Robin Saxby
BEng (Hons) Electronics 1968,  Hon DEng 2000

Technology entrepreneur and former chairman of ARM Holdings

Sir Robin Saxby

 

Chris Graham
BA (Hons) History 1973

UK Information Commissioner

Chris Graham

 

Clive Barker
BA (Hons) English Language & Literature 1974

Fantasy & horror fiction writer and film director

Clive Barker

 

Stephen Bayley
MA 1975

British design critic, cultural critic, journalist and author

Stephen Bayley

 

Steve Coppell
BA (Hons) Economics & Economic History 1976

Footballer and manager

Steve Coppell

 

Frances Crook
BA (Hons) Medieval & Modern History 1976

Chief Executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform

Frances Crook

 

Carol Ann Duffy
BA (Hons) Philosophy 1977, Hon LittD 2007

Poet Laureate

Carol Ann Duffy

 

Phil Redmond
BA (Hons) Social Studies 1977,  Hon LittD 2010

Television producer

Phil Redmond

 

Winifred Robinson
BA (Hons) English 1979

Presenter of the You and Yours programme on BBC Radio 4

Winifred Robinson

 

Chris Lowe
BA (Hons) Architecture 1981

Member of the Pet Shop Boys

Chris Lowe

 

Barry Horne
BSc (Hons) Chemistry with Materials Science 1983

Journalist and Former Welsh footballer and Chairman of the Professional Footballers Association

Barry Horne

 

Wendy Beetlestone
BA (Hons) Philosophy 1984

US Federal Judge, pictured below with President Obama


Wendy Beetlestone

 

Sanjay Jha
BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering 1984

CEO of semiconductor foundry, GlobalFoundries Inc, and former Chairman and CEO Motorola Mobility

 Sanjay Jha

 

Victoria Derbyshire
BA (Hons) EnglishLanguage & Literature 1989 

TV and radio presenter, pictured below

Victoria Derbyshire

 

Dr Matt Taylor
MPhys 1997

Project scientist for the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission

Dr Matt Taylor

 

Anna Maxwell Martin
BA (Hons) History 1998

BAFTA-winning actress

Anna Maxwell Martin

 

Stuart Bennett
BSc (Hons) Marine Biology 2002

Former WWE wrestler who performs under the name Wade Barrett

Stuart Bennett

 

Tulip Mazumdar
BA (Hons) Sociology 2002

BBC global health reporter

Tulip Mazumdar

 

Andy Brown
BSc (Hons) Internet Computing 2008
Lead singer of pop rock band, Lawson

Andy Brown