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Queen Mary Alumni

Honorary Graduates



Ms Bobby Baker
Artist; Arts and Humanities Research Council Fellowship in the Creative and Performing Arts (2005) [DLit, 2011]

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

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

Sr Augusto Boal (d 2009)
Theatre director and writer [DLit, 2000]

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

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

Dame Colette Bowe 
(Economics, 1969; PhD, 1978) 
Chairman of Council, Queen Mary University of London (2003-09); Chairman of Ofcom (since 2009); Chairman of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (since 2012) [DLitt, 2010]

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

Professor Alexander Bradshaw BSc PhD
(Chemistry, 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]

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


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

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

Professor Min-Sheng Chen
[DSc, 2019]

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Professor (Allan) Victor Hoffbrand
(Medicine, 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 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]


Dr Marjorie Reeves (d 2003)
(PhD Heretical Mystics of the Middle Ages) 
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, 1982)
Director, IBM WebSphere Application Server Development [DSc, 2015]

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
(q Medicine, 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]

Dame Janet Suzman
Actress and director [DLitt, 1997]


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) [DLittt, 2015]


Professor Sir Tejinder Singh Virdee FRS
(BSc Physics, 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 Qiann Wang
[DSc, 2019]

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 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]

Dr Rosemary Wyse
Alumni Centennial Professor in the Henry A Rowland Department of Physics & Astronomy at 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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