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Our global community of former students and alumni include many exceptional people who have made their mark on the world.

Seven Nobel Prize Winners:

  • Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins
  • Ronald Coase
  • Wole Soyinka
  • Derek Walcott
  • Rolph Payet
  • Nelson Mandela
  • Sir Charles Kao.

This list also includes academics (Asa Briggs, Kwasi Wiredu, Sir Geoffrey Elton); engineers (Sir Barnes Wallis); politicians (Dr Luisa Diogo, Gisela Stuart MP); and writers (H.G. Wells, Chinua Achebe, Malcolm Bradbury).

Today, our worldwide reputation continues to ensure our graduates are to be found in leading positions around the world.

Dr Rolph Payet

Dr Rolph Payet - graduated 2006

Joint winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

Dr Rolph Payet, of Seychelles, was a joint winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 as a member of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. An advisor on the Environment to the President of Seychelles, Dr Payet continues to work towards advancing issues on climate change and biodiversity. His work on global oceans and island policy has achieved international recognition and he has been invited personally by the UN Secretary General to address a high level panel at the UN General Assembly. Payet holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Environmental Economics from the University of London International Programmes. Payet is the first and current President  & Vice-Chancellor of the University of Seychelles. As of the 2016 graduation ceremony, Dr Payet also holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of London.

Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins

Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins - graduated 1890

Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

Winner of the Nobel Prize in 1929 for the discovery of what are now known as vitamins, Hopkins graduated in 1890 as a ‘non-collegiate’ student of the University of London. Hopkins was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1905 and was a member of the first Medical Research Committee.

Frederick Gowland Hopkins died on the 16th of May 1947.

Eleni Mavrou

Eleni Mavrou

Mayor of Nicosia

Eleni Mavrou is the Mayor of Nicosia, capital of Cyprus. She gained a BSc in Politics and International Relations from the University of London International Programmes while living in the UK. When she returned to Cyprus she entered politics, serving as a councillor on the Nicosia Municipal Council from 1986-96. In 2001, she was elected to Cyprus’s House of Representatives where she served as President of the House Committee on the Environment and a member of the House Committees on Internal Affairs and Human Rights. When Cyprus joined the European Union in 2004, she represented Cyprus at the European Parliament. She was elected Mayor of Nicosia in 2006.

Ronald Coase, Nobel Laureate

Ronald Coase - graduated 1929

Nobel Prize for Economics

The late Nobel Prize winner Ronald Coase took the London Intermediate exam as an external student in 1929, while at grammar school in London. This exam covered the first year of a Bachelor of Commerce degree, which he then completed on campus at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Coase’s most famous works are "The Nature of the Firm" and "The Problem of Social Cost". These articles contributed to him being awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1991 for the “discovery and clarification of the significance of transaction costs and property rights for the institutional structure and functioning of the economy”.

Ronald Coase died on the 2nd of September 2013.

Wole Soyinka

Wole Soyinka - graduated 1954

Nobel Prize for Literature

Wole Soyinka is a Nigerian writer who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986 - the first person of African descent to do so. Soyinka graduated from the University College Ibadan, Nigeria, in 1954 while it was in ‘special relation’ with the University of London. He then went on to study and live in the UK, where he wrote his early plays, before returning to his home country in 1960 to study African drama. He is considered one of Africa’s greatest contemporary writers, writing plays, poems and novels and memoirs. He has also been an outspoken critic of political regimes in Nigeria and of political tyranny worldwide.