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Queen Mary Alumni

Honorary Graduates



Bobby Baker
Multi-disciplinary artist and activist [DLitt, 2011]

Dame Gillian Beer DBE FBA
King Edward VII Professor of English Literature, University of Cambridge (1994-2002) [DLitt, 2000]

Dr Halima Begum
(Geography PhD, 2005)
Chief Executive Officer of ActionAid UK (2023-)

Professor David Blanchflower CBE
(Economics PhD, 1985) 
Bruce V Rauner Professor of Economics, Dartmouth College, USA (since 2001) [DSc, 2009]

Sr Augusto Boal (1931-2009)
Theatre director and writer [DLitt, 2000]

Professor Sir Leszek (Boris) Borysiewicz FRCP FMedSci
Chair, Cancer Research UK (since 2016); Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge (2010-17); Chief Executive, Medical Research Council (2007-10) [DSc, 2009]

Emeritus Professor Gustav Born FRCP HonFRCS FRS FKC (1921-2018)
Research Professor then Emeritus, William Harvey Research Institute, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London (since 1989) [DSc, 2006]

Dame Colette Bowe DBE
(Economics BSc (Econ), 1969; PhD, 1978) 
External member, Financial Policy Committee, Bank of England (since 2019); Chair, UK Banking Standards Board (2014-19); Chair, Ofcom (2009-14); Chair of Council, Queen Mary University of London (2003-09) [DLitt, 2010]

Professor Malcolm Bowie (1943-2007)
Founding Director, Institute of Romance Studies (1989-92); Head, Department of French, Queen Mary University of London (1976-89) [DLitt, 1997]

Professor Alexander Bradshaw BSc PhD
(Chemistry BSc, 1965; PhD, 1968)
Scientific Director, Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (1999-2008) [DSc, 2005]

The Rt Hon Lord Butler of Brockwell KG GCB CVO
Secretary of the Cabinet and Head, Home Civil Service (1988-98) [DLitt, 1998]

Stephen Bush
[DLitt, 2022]

Sir David Butler
[DLitt, 2018]

Professor Marilyn Butler FBA (1937-2014)
Literary critic; Titular Professor of English Language and Literature, University of Oxford (1998-2004) [DLitt, 2008]


Professor Lorna Casselton CBE FRS (1938-2014)
Foreign Secretary and Vice-President, Royal Society (2006-11); Professor of Fungal Genetics, then Emeritus, University of Oxford (1997-2003); Professor of Genetics, Queen Mary University of London (1989-91) [DSc, 2009]

The Rt Hon and Rt Revd Richard Chartres
Bishop of London (1995-2017); Bishop of Stepney (1992-95) [DLitt, 1998]

Martha Cover
(Law LLM, 1980) 
Barrister, Coram Chambers [LLD, 2022]

The Hon Dame Laura Cox DBE
(Law LLB, 1973; Law LLM, 1975)
Judge of the High Court of Justice, Queen's Bench Division (2002-16) [LLD, 2019]

(William) Jeremy Curtis
Head of Education and Skills, UK Space Agency [DSc, 2017]


Professor Dame Sally Davis
[DSc, 2023]

Mr Jacques Derrida
(d 2004)
Philosopher [DLitt, 2004]

Professor Persi Diaconis PhD
Mathematician and statistician [DSc, 2007]

Dr Bruce Dickinson
(History BA, 1979) 
Musician and song-writer with Iron Maiden [DMus, 2011]

Ann Dowling
[DSc, 2022]

Professor Marcus du Sautoy
Television and radio presenter, author, writer for the UK’s leading newspapers; Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford since 2008, Fellow of the American Mathematical Society (2012) [DSc, 2012]


Professor George Ellis FRSSA
Professor of Applied Mathematics, University of Cape Town, South Africa (1973-87 and 1989-2005) [DSc, 2000]

Professor Bernadine Evaristo
[DLitt, 2022]

Dr Lorna Ewart
(Pharmacology PhD, 1998)
Chief Scientific Officer, Emulate Inc [DSc, 2023]


Peter Florence CBE
Founder of the Hay Festival [DLitt, 2018]

Professor Eric Foner
DeWitt Clinton Professor of History (since 1988) and Professor, Department of History (1982-88), Columbia University, USA; Leverhulme Visiting Scholar, Queen Mary University of London (2008) [DSc, 2012]

Sir Christopher France GCB MA FMedSci
Chairman of Council, Queen Mary University of London (1995-2003) [DSc, 2004]


Mr Richard Garriott
Video game developer; scientist and philanthropist [DSc, 2011]

Professor Michael Green FRS FIP CPhys
John Humphrey Plummer Professor of Theoretical Physics (1993-2009); Lucasian Chair of Mathematics, University of Cambridge (since 2009) [DSc, 2004]

Professor Stephen Greenblatt
John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University, USA (since 2000); Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction (2012) [DLitt, 2001]


Professor Sir Peter Hall PhD FBA MAE HonMRITI Hon FRIBA (d 2014)
Professor of Planning and Regeneration, University College London, now Emeritus [DSc, 2004]

Miss Lucy Hawking
Novelist and science communicator [DSc, 2015]

Sir Peter Hendy
Chairman, Network Rail [DLitt, 2018]

Sir Gordon Higginson DL FREng (d 2011)
Vice-Chancellor, University of Southampton (1985-94) [DSc, 1999]

Dame Sue Hill DBE FMedSci FRSB FRCP(Hon) FRCPath (Hon) FHCS (Hon) 
Chief Scientific Officer for NHS England and Senior Responsible Officer for Genomics [DSc, 2023]

Professor Sir Tony Hoare MA FRS DRBCS
Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research Ltd, Cambridge [DSc, 2005]

Professor (Allan) Victor Hoffbrand
(Medicine MBBS, 1959)
Professor of Haematology and Honorary Consultant, Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine (1974-96), now Emeritus [DSc, 2012]

Sir Martin Holdgate CB PhD Fbiol
Chief Scientist, Department of Environment (1979-85) [DSc, 2006]

Professor Peter Hudson FRS
Willaman Professor of Biology, Director of Huck Institute of Life Sciences, Penn State University, USA [DSc, 2014]


Dr Guoni Thorlacius Johannesson
(History PhD, 2004)
President of Iceland (since 2016) [DLitt, 2017]

Ms Eleanor John
Director of Collections, Learning and Engagement, Geffrye Museum of the Home; Founding co-director of the Centre for Studies of the Home, Queen Mary University of London [DLitt, 2016]


Professor Julia King CBE FREng
Materials scientist; Vice Chancellor, Aston University (since 2006) [DSc, 2008]

The Rt Hon Sir David Kitchin
Lord Justice of Appeal, Chair of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies [LLD, 2015]


Mr Stephen Legg MA FIET
Chief Technology Officer for Storage, IBM UK [DSc, 2016]


Sir Richard MacCormac CBE FRSA (d 2014)
Chairman, MJP Architects (1972-2010) [DSc, 2007]

Professor Ian Macdonald MA FRS
Professor of Pure Mathematics, Queen Mary University of London (1976-87), now Emeritus [DSc, 2005]

Professor Doreen Massey FBA ASS FRSA (d 2016)
Emerita Professor of Geography, Open University (1982-2010) [DSc, 2010]

Professor Tom Meade DM FRCP FinstMed FRS
Professor of Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London (1992-2001), now Emeritus [DSc, 2010]

The Rt Hon Lord Millett of St Marylebone MA
Lord of Appeal in Ordinary (1998-2004); Non-permanent Judge, Court of Final Appeal, Hong Kong (since 2000) [LLD, 1999]

Professor Chen Minsheng
President of Southern Medical University (SMU), China (since 2011) and Chairman of the University Council (since 2012) [DSc, 2019]


Professor Paul O'Brien CBE FRS
Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, Queen Mary University of London (1984-94); Head of School of Chemistry and Professor of Inorganic Materials, University of Manchester (since 1994) [DSc, 2016]


Dr D Maxwell Parkin 
Cancer epidemiologist; Editor of Internal Agency for Research on Cancer publications; Project Epidemiologist, Wolfson Institute of Population Health, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London [DSc, 2014]

Professor Simon Peyton Jones
Computer Scientist and researcher at Microsoft Research [DSc, 2017]

Professor JGA (John Greville Agard) Pocock
Historian and pioneer of the historical methodology, contextualism [DLitt, 2016]


Professor Wang Qian
Vice-President, Southern Medical University (SMU) and President, Zhujiang Hospital, China [DSc, 2019]


Professor Sir Peter Ratcliffe FRS FMedSci 
(Medicine MBBChir, 1978)
Clinical Director, Francis Crick Institute (since 2016); jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2019 alongside William Kaelin and Gregg Semenza 
[DSc 2020]

Dr Marjorie Reeves
(d 2003)
(Heretical Mystics of the Middle Ages PhD) 
Fellow and Tutor in History, St Anne's College, University of Oxford (1938-74) [DLitt, 1997]

Mr Gerry Reilly BSc MSc FBCS CEng CITP
(Physics and Electronics BSc, 1982)
Director, IBM WebSphere Application Server Development [DSc, 2015]

Professor Arturo Reyes-Sandoval
[DSc, 2023]

Professor John Charles Reynolds PhD (d 2013)
Professor of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, USA [DSc, 2007]

Professor John E Roemer
Elizabeth S and A Varick Stout Professor of Political Science and Economics, Yale University [DLitt, 2017]

Professor Pierre Rosanvallon
Director of Studies, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, France; Chair of Early Modern and Modern Political History, Collège de France, France [DSc, 2008]


Professor Jean-Pierre Serre FRS
Mathematician; Chair of Algebra and Geometry, Collège de France, France (1956-94) [DSc, 2001]

Ms Peggy Shaw
Actor, writer and producer [DLitt, 2017]

Dr Eliana Sousa Silva
Social activist and author [DLitt, 2017]

Professor Sir Adrian Smith FRS
Principal, Queen Mary, University of London (1998-2008); Vice-Chancellor, University of London (since 2012) [DLitt, 2009]

Dr Christopher Smith BSc MB BChir PhD FRCPath
(Medicine MBBChir, 1995)
Consultant virologist, Addenbrookes Hospital; founder and leader of radio talk show The Naked Scientists [DSc, 2016]

Professor Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak
University Professor (since 2007) and Founding member, Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, Columbia University, USA [DLitt, 2003]

Professor Peter Stallybrass
Annenberg Professor in the Humanities and Professor of English and of Comparative Literature and Literary Theory, University of Pennsylvania, USA (since 1988) [DLitt, 2012]

Professor George Steiner MA DPhil FBA FRSL
Writer; Fellow, Churchill College, University of Cambridge (since 1961); Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of Geneva, Switzerland (1974-94) [DLitt, 2006]

The Rt Hon Lord Steyn
Lord of Appeal in Ordinary (1995-2005); Chairman of the Advisory Council, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London (1993-94) [LLD, 1997]

Sir Charles Saumarez Smith
[DLitt, 2019]

Dame Janet Suzman
Actress and director [DLitt, 1997]


Gareth Thomas CBE
Welsh former professional rugby union and rugby league player [DSc, 2024]

Professor Joanne Tompkins
Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Professor in Drama, University of Queensland; Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Queen Mary University of London (2008) [DLitt, 2015]


Professor Sir Tejinder Singh Virdee FRS
(Physics BSc, 1974)
Professor of Physics, Imperial College London; Fellow of the Royal Society and of the Institute of Physics; Key Scientist behind the discovery of the Higgs boson at CERN [DSc, 2013]

Professor Karen Vousden CBE, FRS, FRSE, FMedSci
(Genetics and Microbiology BSc, 1978; Genetics PhD, 1982)
Group Leader, The Francis Crick Institute; Chief Scientist, Cancer Research UK (2016-22)
[DSc, 2023)


Mr Martyn Ware
Record producer and artist; Founder member of The Human League and Heaven 17; Visiting Professor, Centre for Digital Music, Queen Mary University of London [DSc, 2012]

Professor Mark Wilson OBE
Consultant Neurosurgeon and Pre-Hospital Care Specialist, Imperial College and Founder of co-founder, GoodSAM [DSc, 2024]

Professor Sir Tony Wrigley MA PhD ScD FBA
Historical demographer; Co-Director, Cambridge Group for History of Population Social Structure (1974-94); Master, Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge (1994-2000) [DLitt, 2004]

Professor Rosemary Wyse
(Physics and Astrophysics BSc, 1977)
Alumni Centennial Professor in the Henry A Rowland Department of Physics & Astronomy, Johns Hopkins University [DSc, 2018]


Professor Graham Zellick CBE QC PhD LLD ASS
Dean, Faculty of Laws (1984-88); Head, Department of Law (1984-90); Drapers' Professor of Law (1988-91) and Professor of Law (1991-98), now Emeritus, Queen Mary University of London; Vice-Chancellor, University of London [DLitt, 2010]

Professor Natalie Zemon Davis PhD
Author and historian; Professor of History, University of Toronto, Canada [DLitt, 2004]

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