13 Famous People You Didn’t Know Went To The University of Nottingham
Ever wondered which big names studied at your uni? Here at The University of Nottingham, we’ve got some legends – living or otherwise – to inspire us.
1. D. H. Lawrence: Teaching Certificate, 1906
A household name in the Big Three of literature: novels, poetry and plays. D.H. Lawrence made waves in his own era with the raunchy (of its time anyway), novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover, and his place is now cemented as the pride of the whole of his Nottinghamshire, not just Uni of.
2. Theo James: Philosophy, 2007
Most of you will recognise him from the hit movie franchise Divergent and he’s set for even more success as a Hollywood actor with upcoming titles such as the new Underworld movie in the works.
3. Dr Stewart Adams OBE: Pharmacy, 1945
Developing Ibuprofen in the early 1960s definitely earns a top spot on the awesome alumni list; the fact he admits to testing it out himself on a hangover, caused by celebrating the very same drug, just earns him bonus points. Cheers to you, Dr. Adams.
4. London Grammar: Hannah Reid, Art History & English, 2011; Don Rothman, Economics & Philosophy, 2011 and Dot Major, English, 2012
One of the more recent success stories, this electric pop trio earn a spot on the list for their ethereal sound and haunting vocals in hits such as ‘Strong’. Their platinum-selling debut album was nominated for countless awards including a Brit Award.
5. Sir Clive Granger: (Economics &) Mathematics, 1955
Uni of Nottingham students will have heard of the Sir Clive Granger building, but few will know the man behind the name. Despite switching from a joint honours to pursue only maths, Sir Granger won the 2003 Nobel Prize for Economic Science and is forever immortalised on main campus.
6. Sir John Sawers: Physics & Philosophy, 1976
Psst… We had a former Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service MI6 walk our halls. I’d tell you more but I’m afraid it’s classified – in fact, this article will self-destruct in ten seconds.
7. Ruth Wilson: History, 2003
Wilson’s acting career started in our humble Nottingham New Theatre, but she’s now a Golden Globe Award winning Hollywood actress who’s appeared in several big titles alongside even bigger names, including The Lone Ranger, Luther and Saving Mr Banks.
8. Brian Moore: Law, 1984
A former England and British and Irish Lions rugby hooker; after winning a total of 64 caps, he’s one of the most capped English rugby players ever.
9. Various Malaysian Royalty: Raja Azlan Shah, Law 1953; Tuanka Ja’afar, Law 1995; Tuanku Bahiyah, Social Science
I think it’s safe to say that having the ninth and tenth Sultans (Kings) and fifth Sultanah (Queen) of Malaysia as alumni proves Uni of to truly be fit for a King and Queen. No wonder the University decided to establish its sister campus in Malaysia in 2000.
10. Ian Wilmut: Agriculture, 1967
Here we mention the embryologist leader of the team that cloned Dolly the sheep, providing the coolest subject studied in Secondary School biology.
11. John Boot, 2nd Baron Trent: First Chancellor of University of Nottingham, 1948
Want to know the reason behind the biggest eyesore of a building on our campus and the giant Boots logo plastered on it? Well, John Boot’s father, Jesse Boot, turned Boots into the major national company it is today and donated land to the then-called University College at Highfields. Originally the President of University College Nottingham, John became the first chancellor of the university when it was granted full university status in 1948.
12. Etienne Stott & Tim Baillie: Mechanical Engineering
This pair became modern legends after unexpected but outstanding success in canoeing at the 2012 London Olympics. Baille and Stott took Great Britain’s first Olympic Gold medals in the Men’s Slalom C-2 category, taking our notorious Varsity sporting success to international levels.
13. And finally, the legend that is Tim Martin: Law
This man is the founder and chairman of the one and only Wetherspoons pub chain, the messiah of student haunts: their low-priced tasty food and perfect-for-pres pitchers are a student staple.
The best thing thing is that this is just barely scraping the surface of successful University of Nottingham graduates. Who knows? You might just show up on a future famous alumni list one day…