Aside from being one of the oldest and most famous universities in the world, Oxford University is widely known for its vast array of alumni, ranging from politicians and actors to diplomats and royalty. Its high standards of education and expert professors across a wide variety of specialisms have attracted students from across the globe. Sometimes, it’s the most unlikely people who studied at the prestigious colleges. Here are just a few standout names in Oxford University history:
Sir Tim Berners-Lee
Currently Professor of Computer science at Oxford University, Sir Tim Berners Lee, famously invented the world wide web. It is odd to consider I would not be writing this blog or accepting on-line bookings for our tours, if it had not been for his foresight, ability and invention. Sir Tim studied at Queen’s college Oxford from 1973-1976
Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Hillary and Bill Clinton, the latter of whom is also an Oxford alumnus, attended University College twice. In 2003, she completed her MPhil in International Relations, specialising in global funding to fight disease, and was awarded her doctorate in International Relations in 2014. Clinton has taken a prominent role in the running of the Clinton foundation, and has degrees from Stanford University, Columbia University and New York University.
I particularly like the fact that during Chelsea’s time at Oxford she was practically ignored by students and Oxford folk alike, despite the constant presence of he two Secret Service men. I once sat next to her with my husband in a Thai restaurant and yes we ignored her too!
Famous wordsmith Dr Seuss – otherwise known as Theodore Seuss Geisel – attended Lincoln College from 1925 after completing his studies at Dartmouth University. He received a Doctor of Philosophy in English Literature and met his future wife Helen Palmer during his studies there. She encouraged him to pursue writing and drawing as a career as opposed to one in teaching English.
Ellie Kemper, famous for her roles in The Office and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, attended Worcester College and graduated with a Masters Degree in English Literature in 2002. After graduating from Dartmouth College and attending classes at the improvisational sketch comedy group Upright Citizens Brigade, she worked on the ‘Funny or Die’ comedy series and contributed regularly to satirical magazine The Onion. Her memoir, ‘My Squirrel Days’ will be released in October 2018.
Journalist and author Rachel Maddow studied at Lincoln College, Oxford from 1995 to 2001, where she achieved a Doctorate in Politics. Having won the International Rhodes Scholarship to fund her studies, her PhD thesis specialised in healthcare reform in prisons, a subject she still advocates through her political reporting today. Maddow is a fierce opponent of President Donald Trump and has frequently criticized his political views and policies on her nightly programme, ‘The Rachel Maddow Show’.