Churchill College, Cambridge
Churchill College is a constituent college
Colleges of the University of Cambridge
This is a list of the colleges within the University of Cambridge. These colleges are the primary source of accommodation for undergraduates and graduates at the University and at the undergraduate level have responsibility for admitting students and organising their tuition. They also provide...

 of the University of Cambridge
University of Cambridge
The University of Cambridge is a public research university located in Cambridge, United Kingdom. It is the second-oldest university in both the United Kingdom and the English-speaking world , and the seventh-oldest globally...

, England
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In 1958, a Trust was established with Sir Winston Churchill
Winston Churchill
Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, was a predominantly Conservative British politician and statesman known for his leadership of the United Kingdom during the Second World War. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the century and served as Prime Minister twice...

 as its Chairman of Trustees, to build and endow a college for 60 fellows and 540 Students as a national and Commonwealth
Commonwealth of Nations
The Commonwealth of Nations, normally referred to as the Commonwealth and formerly known as the British Commonwealth, is an intergovernmental organisation of fifty-four independent member states...

 memorial to Winston Churchill; its Royal Charter and Statutes were approved by the Queen
Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom
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, in August, 1960. It is situated on the outskirts of Cambridge
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, away from the traditional centre of the city, but close to the University's main new development zone
West Cambridge
West Cambridge is a university site to the west of Cambridge city centre in England. As part of the West Cambridge Master Plan, several of the University of Cambridge's departments have relocated to the West Cambridge site from the centre of town due to overcrowding...

. Its 160,000 m² (42 acre
The acre is a unit of area in a number of different systems, including the imperial and U.S. customary systems. The most commonly used acres today are the international acre and, in the United States, the survey acre. The most common use of the acre is to measure tracts of land.The acre is related...

s) of grounds make it physically the largest of all the colleges.

Churchill was the first all-male college to decide to admit women, and was among three men's colleges to admit its first women students in 1972. Within 15 years all others had followed suit. The college has a reputation for relative informality compared to other Cambridge colleges, and traditionally admits a larger proportion of its undergraduates from state schools.

The College Motto is "Forward". It was taken from the final phrase of Winston Churchill's first speech to the House of Commons as Prime Minister - his famous "Blood, Toil, Tears and Sweat" speech - in which he said "Come, then, let us go forward together".

Cambridge University Radio is broadcast from Churchill College.


In 1955, on holiday in Sicily
Sicily is a region of Italy, and is the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Along with the surrounding minor islands, it constitutes an autonomous region of Italy, the Regione Autonoma Siciliana Sicily has a rich and unique culture, especially with regard to the arts, music, literature,...

 soon after his resignation as Prime Minister, Winston Churchill discussed with Sir John Colville and Lord Cherwell
Frederick Lindemann, 1st Viscount Cherwell
Frederick Alexander Lindemann, 1st Viscount Cherwell FRS PC CH was an English physicist who was an influential scientific adviser to the British government, particularly Winston Churchill...

 the possibility of founding a new institution. Churchill had been impressed by MIT
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a private research university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. MIT has five schools and one college, containing a total of 32 academic departments, with a strong emphasis on scientific and technological education and research.Founded in 1861 in...

 and wanted a British version, but the plans evolved into the more modest proposal of creating a science- and technology-based college within the University of Cambridge
University of Cambridge
The University of Cambridge is a public research university located in Cambridge, United Kingdom. It is the second-oldest university in both the United Kingdom and the English-speaking world , and the seventh-oldest globally...

. Churchill wanted a mix of non-scientists to ensure a well rounded education and environment for scholars and fellows. The college therefore admits students to read all subjects except Land Economy and Theology & Religious Studies (though it is possible to switch to these subjects later).

The first postgraduate students arrived in October 1960, and the first undergraduates a year later. Full College status was received in 1966.

The bias to science and engineering remains as policy to the current day, with the statutes requiring approximately 70% science and technology students amongst its undergraduate intake each year. The college statutes also stipulate that one third of junior members of the college should be advanced (postgraduate) students.


In 1958, a 42 acre (170,000 m²) site was purchased to the west of the city centre, which had previously been farmland. After a competition, Richard Sheppard was appointed to design the new college. Building was completed by 1968 with nine main residential courts, separate graduate flats and a central building consisting of the dining hall, buttery, combination rooms and offices.

The dining hall is the largest in Cambridge. It measures 22m square, 9m to the base of the vault beams, and 11.6m to the highest point. It can cater for up to 430 guests in a formal dining arrangement.

In the centre of the college is the Churchill Archives Centre, opened in 1974 to provide a home to Sir Winston’s papers (and also more recently endowed with papers from former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
Margaret Thatcher
Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990...

 and Neil Kinnock
Neil Kinnock
Neil Gordon Kinnock, Baron Kinnock is a Welsh politician belonging to the Labour Party. He served as a Member of Parliament from 1970 until 1995 and as Labour Leader and Leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition from 1983 until 1992 - his leadership of the party during nearly nine years making him...

) alongside those of eminent scientists and engineers, including Reginald Victor Jones
Reginald Victor Jones
Reginald Victor Jones, CH CB CBE FRS, was a British physicist and scientific military intelligence expert who played an important role in the defence of Britain in -Education:...

, Rosalind Franklin
Rosalind Franklin
Rosalind Elsie Franklin was a British biophysicist and X-ray crystallographer who made critical contributions to the understanding of the fine molecular structures of DNA, RNA, viruses, coal and graphite...

 and Sir Frank Whittle
Frank Whittle
Air Commodore Sir Frank Whittle, OM, KBE, CB, FRS, Hon FRAeS was a British Royal Air Force engineer officer. He is credited with independently inventing the turbojet engine Air Commodore Sir Frank Whittle, OM, KBE, CB, FRS, Hon FRAeS (1 June 1907 – 9 August 1996) was a British Royal Air...


In 1992, The Møller Centre for Continuing Education was built on the Churchill site, designed by Henning Larsen
Henning Larsen
Henning Larsen is a Danish architect.He is internationally known for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs building in Riyadhand the Copenhagen Opera House...



At the farthest end of the college is the Chapel. The idea of having a religious building within a modern, scientifically-oriented academic institution deeply annoyed some of the original fellows, leading to the resignation of Nobel Prize
Nobel Prize
The Nobel Prizes are annual international awards bestowed by Scandinavian committees in recognition of cultural and scientific advances. The will of the Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, established the prizes in 1895...

 winner Francis Crick
Francis Crick
Francis Harry Compton Crick OM FRS was an English molecular biologist, biophysicist, and neuroscientist, and most noted for being one of two co-discoverers of the structure of the DNA molecule in 1953, together with James D. Watson...

 in protest. Eventually a compromise was found: the chapel was sited just to the west of the Sheppard Flats, and funded and managed separately from the rest of the College itself, being tactfully referred to as "the Chapel at Churchill College". The chimney of the heating system at the front of the college substitutes visually for the missing chapel tower.

Crick had agreed to become a fellow on the basis that no chapel be placed at Churchill. A donation was later made by Lord Beaumont of Whitley to Churchill College for the establishment of one, and the majority of fellows voted in favour of it. Crick claimed that Winston Churchill wrote to him saying that no-one need enter the chapel unless they wished to do so, and therefore it did not need to be a problem. Crick, in short order, replied with a letter accompanied by a cheque
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 for 10 Guineas
Guinea (British coin)
The guinea is a coin that was minted in the Kingdom of England and later in the Kingdom of Great Britain and the United Kingdom between 1663 and 1813...

 saying that, if that were the case, the enclosed money should be used for the establishment of a brothel
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. This story was repeated by Crick in an interview with Matt Ridley
Matt Ridley
Matthew White Ridley, FRSL, FMedSci is an English journalist, writer, biologist, and businessman.-Career:...

 (Crick's biographer), quotes from which are reported in the Daily Telegraph.


The Mastership of Churchill College is a Crown
Monarchy of the United Kingdom
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 appointment. To date the College has had six Masters:
  • Sir John Cockcroft
    John Cockcroft
    Sir John Douglas Cockcroft OM KCB CBE FRS was a British physicist. He shared the Nobel Prize in Physics for splitting the atomic nucleus with Ernest Walton, and was instrumental in the development of nuclear power....

    , (Master 1959–1967), Nobel Laureate in Physics
    Nobel Prize
    The Nobel Prizes are annual international awards bestowed by Scandinavian committees in recognition of cultural and scientific advances. The will of the Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, established the prizes in 1895...

    , who split the atom
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  • Sir William Hawthorne
    William Hawthorne
    Sir William R. Hawthorne CBE, FRS, FREng, FIMECHE, FRAES, was a British professor of engineering who worked on the development of the jet engine....

     (Master 1968–1983), who helped develop the jet engine
    Jet engine
    A jet engine is a reaction engine that discharges a fast moving jet to generate thrust by jet propulsion and in accordance with Newton's laws of motion. This broad definition of jet engines includes turbojets, turbofans, rockets, ramjets, pulse jets...

  • Sir Hermann Bondi
    Hermann Bondi
    Sir Hermann Bondi, KCB, FRS was an Anglo-Austrian mathematician and cosmologist. He is best known for developing the steady-state theory of the universe with Fred Hoyle and Thomas Gold as an alternative to the Big Bang theory, but his most lasting legacy will probably be his important...

     (Master 1983–1990), cosmologist who helped develop the Steady State theory
    Steady State theory
    In cosmology, the Steady State theory is a model developed in 1948 by Fred Hoyle, Thomas Gold, Hermann Bondi and others as an alternative to the Big Bang theory...

     of the universe.
  • Sir Alec Broers (Master 1990–1996), nanotechnologist (left to become Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge).
  • Sir John Boyd
    John Boyd (ambassador)
    Sir John Dixon Ikle Boyd KCMG was the master of Churchill College, Cambridge from 1996 to 2006. He has also been the British ambassador to Japan, between 1992 and 1996....

     (Master 1996–2006), formerly British ambassador to Japan, 1992–96.
  • Sir David Wallace
    David Wallace (physicist)
    Professor Sir David James Wallace, CBE, FRS, DL is the Director of the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Cambridge and master of Churchill College, Cambridge....

     (Master 2006-present), previously Vice-Chancellor of Loughborough University
    Loughborough University
    Loughborough University is a research based campus university located in the market town of Loughborough, Leicestershire, in the East Midlands of England...

     and is now also Director of the Newton Institute
    Isaac Newton Institute
    The Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences is an international research institute for mathematics and theoretical physics. Part of the University of Cambridge, it is named after one of the university's most illustrious figures, the mathematician and natural philosopher Sir Isaac Newton....



Every week of the Michaelmas and Lent terms, Churchill is host to Pav, a weekly music event unusual for Cambridge events in that it is free and open to all university members. (The name Pav originates from the pavilion buildings of the college where the event was originally held. Since 1992, Pav has been held in the main bar area.) The college funds sports clubs and societies which provide entertainment for students.
In the early years of the college’s foundation, the college held a ball in May Week
May Week
May Week is the name used within the University of Cambridge to refer to a period of time at the end of the academic year. Originally May Week took place in the week during May before year-end exams began. Today, May Week takes place in June. The end of exams is a cause for heavy celebration...

, in common with many older colleges. However, more recently Churchill has held a Spring Ball every February. Past themes have included The Seven Deadly Sins (2011), A Hard Day's Night (2010), Tokyo: The Neon Sunrise (2009), Great Ball of Fire (2008), Back in the Day (2007), Karishma (2006), Showdown (2005), Arabian Nights (2004), Hakuna Matata (2003) and Ocean Bound (2002). The Ball has hosted a number of upcoming bands, such as The Wombats
The Wombats
The Wombats are an indie rock band formed in Liverpool, England. The band comprises native Liverpudlians Matthew Murphy and Dan Haggis , alongside Norwegian-born Tord Øverland-Knudsen...

 (2007) and The Noisettes
The Noisettes
Noisettes are an English indie rock band from London, comprising singer and bassist Shingai Shoniwa, guitarist Dan Smith, and drummer Jamie Morrison...

During May Week
May Week
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 the JCR organise a free garden party. The event hosts performances from local bands and musicians, but has also hosted Man Like Me
Man Like Me
Man Like Me is the debut album by American country music artist Bobby Pinson. It was released in 2005 by RCA Nashville and peaked at #23 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart...


Students of the College run Churchill Casino, a Cambridge based enterprise which provides professional casinos at various social events. Churchill Casino is frequently hired for Cambridge May Balls
May Ball
A May Ball is a ball at the end of the academic year that happens at any one of the colleges of the University of Cambridge. They are formal affairs, requiring evening dress, with ticket prices of around £65 to £200 , with some colleges selling tickets only in pairs...

 as well as balls at the University of Oxford
University of Oxford
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 and corporate events throughout the country.


With the college fields on site, sport is an integral part of the college.

Churchill College Football Club (CCFC) are currently the only college team to ever retain the Cambridge University Amateur Football League Division 1 title, winning it in 2005-06 and 2006-07. In the 2006-2007 season they also reached the final of Cuppers
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The college contains many examples of modern artwork including:
  • Four square walk-throughDame Barbara Hepworth
    Barbara Hepworth
    Dame Barbara Hepworth DBE was an English sculptor. Her work exemplifies Modernism, and with such contemporaries as Ivon Hitchens, Henry Moore, Ben Nicholson, Naum Gabo she helped to develop modern art in Britain.-Life and work:Jocelyn Barbara Hepworth was born on 10 January 1903 in Wakefield,...

  • Prints of Marilyn Monroe
    Marilyn Monroe
    Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, singer, model and showgirl who became a major sex symbol, starring in a number of commercially successful motion pictures during the 1950s....

     – Andy Warhol
    Andy Warhol
    Andrew Warhola , known as Andy Warhol, was an American painter, printmaker, and filmmaker who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art...

  • Gemini (1973) – Denis Mitchell
  • Diagram of an Object (Second state) (1990) – Dhruva Mistry
    Dhruva Mistry
    Dhruva Mistry CBE RA is a sculptor, born in Kanjari, Gujarat, India in b 1957.-Early life and education:Dhruva Mistry , having worked in Great Britain between 1981 and 1997, returned to Vadodara...

  • Spiral – Michael Gillespie (1993)
  • FlightPeter Lyon
    Peter Lyon
    Peter Lyon is a former Australian rules footballer who played for Hawthorn in the Victorian Football League during the 1960s....

  • Black BagGraham Murdoch
    Graham Murdoch
    Graham Murdoch is an illustrator who created the character Black Bag for the comic Viz. Currently, Murdoch mostly does illustration for training manuals.-References:...


There are also works by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi
Eduardo Paolozzi
Sir Eduardo Luigi Paolozzi, KBE, RA , was a Scottish sculptor and artist. He was a major figure in the international art sphere, while, working on his own interpretation and vision of the world. Paolozzi investigated how we can fit into the modern world to resemble our fragmented civilization...

, Bridget Riley
Bridget Riley
Bridget Louise Riley CH CBE is an English painter who is one of the foremost proponents of Op art.-Early life:...

, Patrick Caulfield
Patrick Caulfield
Patrick Joseph Caulfield, CBE, RA was an English painter and printmaker known for his bold canvases, which often incorporated elements of Photorealism within a pared down scene.-Life and work:...

, Sir Peter Blake
Peter Blake (artist)
Sir Peter Thomas Blake, KBE, CBE, RDI, RA is an English pop artist, best known for his design of the sleeve for the Beatles' album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. He lives in Chiswick, London, UK.-Career:...

, and Daphne Hardy Henrion
Daphne Hardy Henrion
Daphne Hardy Henrion was a British sculptor, a member of the Royal Society of British Sculptors and an intimate of the writer Arthur Koestler.-Life:...


Mistry’s piece can be found at the front of college. Sir Anthony Caro
Anthony Caro
Sir Anthony Alfred Caro, OM, CBE is an English abstract sculptor whose work is characterised by assemblages of metal using 'found' industrial objects.-Background and early life:...

’s Forum used to stand near it but it was removed before the start of the 2004-2005 academic year. In January 2007 its place was taken by Beast Alerted 1, a sculpture by British sculptor Lynn Chadwick
Lynn Chadwick
Lynn Russell Chadwick CBE was an English artist and sculptor trained as an architectural draughtsman,but began producing metal mobile sculpture during the 1940s. Chadwick was born in London and went to Merchant Taylor's School.Chadwick was commissioned to produce 3 works for the 1951 Festival of...



In special formal meals such as Matriculation Dinner or Scholars' Feast the Master usually raises a toast, first to The Queen
Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom
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 and then to “Sir Winston". In other formal halls this is usually made by a senior student once the fellow
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s have left. This tradition started in the early 2000s with the students customarily toasting in the reverse order - "Sir Winston", followed by "The Queen".

The tradition of pennying
Pennying is a drinking game popular amongst students attending various universities throughout the United Kingdom. It is one of the International Drinking Rules, or Pub Rules...

 is widely known across all Colleges, with slightly varying rules.

Notable past and present fellows

See also :Category:Fellows of Churchill College, Cambridge
  • Roy Porter
    Roy Porter
    Roy Sydney Porter was a British historian noted for his prolific work on the history of medicine.-Life:...

     - Historian and prolific author
  • Stephen Roskill
    Stephen Roskill
    Captain Stephen Wentworth Roskill, CBE, DSC, FBA, DLitt was a career officer in the Royal Navy, serving during the Second World War and, after his enforced medical retirement, served as the official historian of the Royal Navy from 1949 to 1960...

     - Naval historian
  • George Steiner
    George Steiner
    Francis George Steiner, FBA , is an influential European-born American literary critic, essayist, philosopher, novelist, translator, and educator. He has written extensively about the relationship between language, literature and society, and the impact of the Holocaust...

     - Literary critic and linguistic theorist
  • Correlli Barnett
    Correlli Barnett
    Correlli Douglas Barnett CBE FRSL is an English military historian, who has also written works of economic history, particularly on the United Kingdom's post-war "industrial decline".-Personal life:...

     - Military historian
  • Jacques Barzun
    Jacques Barzun
    Jacques Martin Barzun is a French-born American historian of ideas and culture. He has written on a wide range of topics, but is perhaps best known as a philosopher of education, his Teacher in America being a strong influence on post-WWII training of schoolteachers in the United...

    - Historian, cultural critic; (Extraordinary Fellow at Churchill while also Provost, Dean of Graduate studies, and Dean of Faculties at Columbia.)
  • Frank Hahn
    Frank Hahn
    Frank Horace Hahn is a British economist whose work has focused on general equilibrium theory, monetary theory, Keynesian economics and monetarism...

     - Economist
  • George Gamow
    George Gamow
    George Gamow , born Georgiy Antonovich Gamov , was a Russian-born theoretical physicist and cosmologist. He discovered alpha decay via quantum tunneling and worked on radioactive decay of the atomic nucleus, star formation, stellar nucleosynthesis, Big Bang nucleosynthesis, cosmic microwave...

     - Cosmologist (overseas fellow)
  • John Kinsella - Poet and novelist
  • Piers Brendon
    Piers Brendon
    Piers Brendon is a British writer, known for historical and biographical works. He was educated at Shrewsbury School, Shropshire, and Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he read History. He earned his Ph.D for his thesis, Hurrell Froude and the Oxford Movement, which was published, with much...

     - Writer and historian
  • C. B. Macpherson
    C. B. Macpherson
    Crawford Brough Macpherson O.C. M.Sc. D. Sc. was an influential Canadian political scientist who taught political theory at the University of Toronto.-Life:...

     - Political scientist
  • Andrew Sinclair
    Andrew Sinclair
    Dr Andrew Sinclair is a prolific British novelist, historian, biographer, critic and film-maker. He was a Founding Member of Churchill College, Cambridge. He directed the film, now regarded as a classic, of Under Milk Wood. His book The Better Half: The Emancipation of the American Woman won the...

     - Historian, novelist, journalist.
  • C. P. Snow
    C. P. Snow
    Charles Percy Snow, Baron Snow of the City of Leicester CBE was an English physicist and novelist who also served in several important positions with the UK government...

     - Physicist and novelist
  • Sir Colin St John Wilson
    Colin St John Wilson
    Sir Colin Alexander St John Wilson, FRIBA, RA, was a British architect, lecturer and author. He spent over 30 years progressing the project to build a new British Library in London, originally planned to be built in Bloomsbury and now completed near Kings Cross.-Early and private life:Wilson was...

     – Architect
  • Edward Bullard
    Edward Bullard
    Sir Edward "Teddy" Crisp Bullard FRS was a geophysicist who is considered, along with Maurice Ewing, to have founded the discipline of marine geophysics...

     - Geophysicist, former head of the National Physical Laboratory
  • Archie Howie - Physicist
  • Richard Keynes
    Richard Keynes
    Richard Darwin Keynes, CBE, FRS was a British physiologist. He was a great-grandson of Charles Darwin, and edited accounts and illustrations of Darwin's famous voyage aboard the HMS Beagle into The Beagle Record: Selections From the Original Pictorial Records and Written Accounts of the Voyage of...

     - Physiologist
  • Michael Ashburner
    Michael Ashburner
    Michael Ashburner FRS is a biologist and emeritus Professor in the Department of Genetics at University of Cambridge. He is also the former joint-head of the European Bioinformatics Institute of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory .Born in Sussex, England, Ashburner attended High Wycombe...

     - Biologist, former head of the European Bioinformatics Institute
    European Bioinformatics Institute
    The European Bioinformatics Institute is a centre for research and services in bioinformatics, and is part of European Molecular Biology Laboratory...

     and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory
    European Molecular Biology Laboratory
    The European Molecular Biology Laboratory is a molecular biology research institution supported by 20 European countries and Australia as associate member state. EMBL was created in 1974 and is an intergovernmental organisation funded by public research money from its member states...

  • Dick Tizard - Engineer
  • Michael Young - Sociologist and politician

Nobel laureates (associated members and fellows)

  • Francis Crick
    Francis Crick
    Francis Harry Compton Crick OM FRS was an English molecular biologist, biophysicist, and neuroscientist, and most noted for being one of two co-discoverers of the structure of the DNA molecule in 1953, together with James D. Watson...

     - co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, Medicine, 1962
  • Kenneth J. Arrow
    Kenneth Arrow
    Kenneth Joseph Arrow is an American economist and joint winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics with John Hicks in 1972. To date, he is the youngest person to have received this award, at 51....

     - Economics, 1972
  • Antony Hewish
    Antony Hewish
    Antony Hewish FRS is a British radio astronomer who won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1974 for his work on the development of radio aperture synthesis and its role in the discovery of pulsars...

     - co-discoverer of pulsar
    A pulsar is a highly magnetized, rotating neutron star that emits a beam of electromagnetic radiation. The radiation can only be observed when the beam of emission is pointing towards the Earth. This is called the lighthouse effect and gives rise to the pulsed nature that gives pulsars their name...

    s, Physics, 1974
  • William Lipscomb
    William Lipscomb
    William Nunn Lipscomb, Jr. was a Nobel Prize-winning American inorganic and organic chemist working in nuclear magnetic resonance, theoretical chemistry, boron chemistry, and biochemistry.-Overview:...

     - Chemistry, 1976 (overseas fellow)
  • Gerard Debreu
    Gerard Debreu
    Gérard Debreu was a French economist and mathematician, who also came to have United States citizenship. Best known as a professor of economics at the University of California, Berkeley, where he began work in 1962, he won the 1983 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics.-Biography:His father was the...

     - Economics, 1983
  • Philip Anderson
    Philip Anderson
    Philip Anderson may refer to:* Phil Anderson , cyclist* Philip Carr Anderson, , professor of medicine* Philip W. Anderson , film editor* Philip Warren Anderson , physicist-See also:...

     - Physics, for the behaviour of electrons in magnetic solids, 1977
  • John Cockcroft
    John Cockcroft
    Sir John Douglas Cockcroft OM KCB CBE FRS was a British physicist. He shared the Nobel Prize in Physics for splitting the atomic nucleus with Ernest Walton, and was instrumental in the development of nuclear power....

     - Physics, for using accelerated particles to study atomic nuclei, 1951
  • Wole Soyinka
    Wole Soyinka
    Akinwande Oluwole "Wole" Soyinka is a Nigerian writer, poet and playwright. He was awarded the 1986 Nobel Prize in Literature, where he was recognised as a man "who in a wide cultural perspective and with poetic overtones fashions the drama of existence", and became the first African in Africa and...

     - Literature, 1986 (overseas fellow)
  • Eric Maskin
    Eric Maskin
    Eric Stark Maskin is an American economist and Nobel laureate recognized with Leonid Hurwicz and Roger Myerson "for having laid the foundations of mechanism design theory." He is the Albert O...

     - Economics, 2007 (overseas fellow)
  • Roger Tsien - Chemistry, 2008
  • Robert G. Edwards - Physiology or Medicine, 2010
  • Peter Diamond
    Peter Diamond
    Peter Diamond was an English actor who had trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and remembered as a stuntman on television or film....

     - Economics, 2010 (overseas fellow)
  • Mario Vargas Llosa
    Mario Vargas Llosa
    Jorge Mario Pedro Vargas Llosa, 1st Marquis of Vargas Llosa is a Peruvian-Spanish writer, politician, journalist, essayist, and Nobel Prize laureate. Vargas Llosa is one of Latin America's most significant novelists and essayists, and one of the leading authors of his generation...

     - Literature, 2010 (overseas fellow)

Notable alumni

See also :Category:Alumni of Churchill College, Cambridge
  • Kari Blackburn
    Kari Blackburn
    Kari Boto née Blackburn was a BBC reporter and senior executive who specialised in Africa.-Personal life:Blackburn was born in Somerset on 30 March 1954to Irish educationist Robert Blackburnand Esther Archer....

     - BBC World Service
    BBC World Service
    The BBC World Service is the world's largest international broadcaster, broadcasting in 27 languages to many parts of the world via analogue and digital shortwave, internet streaming and podcasting, satellite, FM and MW relays...

  • Michael Burrows
    Michael Burrows
    Michael Burrows is widely known as the creator of the Burrows–Wheeler transform. He also was, with Louis Monier, one of the two main creators of AltaVista. He did his first degree in Electronic Engineering with Computer Science at University College London...

     - Inventor of the first internet search machine, Alta Vista
  • Peter Fincham
    Peter Fincham
    Peter Fincham is a British television producer and executive, currently the Director of Television for the ITV network. He was also formerly the Controller of BBC One, the primary television channel of the British Broadcasting Corporation, until his resignation on 5 October 2007, following...

     - former controller, BBC1
  • Sir Christopher Frayling
    Christopher Frayling
    Sir Christopher John Frayling is a British educationalist and writer, known for his study of popular culture.-Biography:Frayling read history at Churchill College, Cambridge and gained a PhD in the study of Jean-Jacques Rousseau...

     - writer and educationalist
  • Mike Gascoyne
    Mike Gascoyne
    Michael "Mike" Gascoyne is a designer of Formula One cars. He is currently the Chief Technical Officer of Team Lotus....

     - Chief Technical Officer of Lotus Racing
  • Sir Peter Gershon
    Peter Gershon
    Sir Peter Gershon KBE is a British business executive and former civil servant. He is chiefly known for conducting the Gershon Review in 2004/2005 which recommended savings across the UK's public services and for being an adviser to the Conservative Party during the run up to the 2010 General...

     - author of the Gershon Review
    Gershon Review
    The Gershon Efficiency Review was a review of efficiency in the UK public sector conducted in 2004-5 by Sir Peter Gershon.Gordon Brown and Tony Blair, then Chancellor of the Exchequer and Prime Minister respectively, appointed Peter Gershon, at that time the head of the Office of Government...

    , chairman of Premier Farnell
    Premier Farnell
    Premier Farnell plc is a leading British distributor of electronic components supporting millions of engineers and purchasing professionals globally. Premier Farnell markets and distributes a comprehensive range of products and services throughout Europe, North America and Asia Pacific with...

     and Symbian Ltd.
    Symbian Ltd.
    Symbian Ltd. was a software development and licensing company, known for the Symbian OS, a smartphone operating system, and other related technologies...

  • John Gladwin - Bishop of Chelmsford
    Bishop of Chelmsford
    The Bishop of Chelmsford is the Ordinary of the Church of England Diocese of Chelmsford in the Province of Canterbury.The current bishop is the Right Reverend Stephen Cottrell, the 10th Bishop of Chelmsford, who signs Stephen Chelmsford...

     and Chair of Christian Aid
    Christian Aid
    Christian Aid is the official relief and development agency of 40 British and Irish churches and works to support sustainable development, alleviate poverty, support civil society and provide disaster relief in South America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, Africa and Asia...

  • Michael Green
    Michael Green (physicist)
    Michael Boris Green FRS is a British physicist and one of the pioneers of string theory. Currently a professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics and a Fellow in Clare Hall at the University of Cambridge in England, he succeeded Stephen Hawking on 1 November 2009...

     - Lucasian Chair of Mathematics
  • Roger Helmer
    Roger Helmer
    Roger Helmer is a British politician and a Conservative Party Member of the European Parliament for the East Midlands region. He has described himself as a eurosceptic and is a supporter of the Better Off Out campaign. He was first elected to the European Parliament in 1999 as a Conservative Party...

     - Conservative
    Conservative Party (UK)
    The Conservative Party, formally the Conservative and Unionist Party, is a centre-right political party in the United Kingdom that adheres to the philosophies of conservatism and British unionism. It is the largest political party in the UK, and is currently the largest single party in the House...

    Member of the European Parliament
    A Member of the European Parliament is a person who has been elected to the European Parliament. The name of MEPs differ in different languages, with terms such as europarliamentarian or eurodeputy being common in Romance language-speaking areas.When the European Parliament was first established,...

  • Diarmaid MacCulloch
    Diarmaid MacCulloch
    Diarmaid Ninian John MacCulloch FBA, FSA, FR Hist S is Professor of the History of the Church at the University of Oxford and Fellow of St Cross College, Oxford...

     - Historian
  • Viscount Monckton - Writer and policy advisor to Margaret Thatcher
    Margaret Thatcher
    Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990...

  • Simeon Nyachae
    Simeon Nyachae
    Simeon Nyachae is a Kenyan politician and ex-minister from Kisii District of Nyanza Province.-Biography:...

     - Kenya
    Kenya , officially known as the Republic of Kenya, is a country in East Africa that lies on the equator, with the Indian Ocean to its south-east...

    n Minister and 2002 presidential candidate
    Elections in Kenya
    Elections in Kenya in recent years have been cause for violence and fragmentation, such as during the presidential elections of 2007. Though a multiparty democracy since 1992 and holding elections since 1962, the country has serious institutional problems which make it hard for elections to be...

  • Brendan O'Neill
    Brendan O'Neill (businessman)
    Brendan Richard O'Neill is a British business executive.O'Neill studied natural sciences at Churchill College, Cambridge before taking a PhD in Chemistry from the University of East Anglia. He served as CEO of ICI from 1999-2003, having previously been CEO of Diageo from 1997-1998...

     - business executive
  • Dr Alexandra (Alix) Pryde
    Alix Pryde
    Dr Alexandra Pryde is part of the senior BBC Management team. She is the Director of BBC Distribution where she leads the Distribution team, negotiating and managing contracts for broadcast distribution of the BBC's TV and radio services in the UK, technical digital switchover, and advising on...

     - BBC Controller of Distribution
  • Luke Roberts
    John-Luke Roberts
    Luke Roberts , better known as John-Luke Roberts is a British comedy writer and performer, most noted for his BBC 7 sketch series Spats....

     - comedian
  • Ian Stewart
    Ian Stewart (mathematician)
    Ian Nicholas Stewart FRS is a professor of mathematics at the University of Warwick, England, and a widely known popular-science and science-fiction writer. He is the first recipient of the , awarded jointly by the LMS and the IMA for his work on promoting mathematics.-Biography:Stewart was born...

     - Mathematician
  • Gavin Strang
    Gavin Strang
    Gavin Steel Strang is a British politician who served in the House of Commons for forty years , representing Edinburgh East in the Labour interest. He served as a minister in the 1974-1979 government under Prime Ministers Harold Wilson and James Callaghan as well as in the Cabinet under Tony Blair...

     - Labour
    Labour Party (UK)
    The Labour Party is a centre-left democratic socialist party in the United Kingdom. It surpassed the Liberal Party in general elections during the early 1920s, forming minority governments under Ramsay MacDonald in 1924 and 1929-1931. The party was in a wartime coalition from 1940 to 1945, after...

    Member of Parliament
    A Member of Parliament is a representative of the voters to a :parliament. In many countries with bicameral parliaments, the term applies specifically to members of the lower house, as upper houses often have a different title, such as senate, and thus also have different titles for its members,...

  • Bjarne Stroustrup
    Bjarne Stroustrup
    Bjarne Stroustrup ; born December 30, 1950 in Århus, Denmark) is a Danish computer scientist, most notable for the creation and the development of the widely used C++ programming language...

     - inventor of C++
  • Sir John Stuttard
    John Stuttard
    Sir John Boothman Stuttard is an English chartered accountant and was the Lord Mayor of the City of London in 2006/2007.-Early life:...

     - Lord Mayor of London
    Lord Mayor of London
    The Right Honourable Lord Mayor of London is the legal title for the Mayor of the City of London Corporation. The Lord Mayor of London is to be distinguished from the Mayor of London; the former is an officer only of the City of London, while the Mayor of London is the Mayor of Greater London and...

  • Fabian Tassano
    Fabian Tassano
    Fabian Tassano is an economist and author, known for his radical views on the medical profession, and for his critique of modern culture in general.-Biography:...

     - Economist and author
  • Geoffrey Thomas
    Geoffrey Thomas
    Geoffrey Price Thomas was President of Kellogg College, Oxford and Director of Oxford University Department for Continuing Education until 2008....

     - President of Kellogg College, Oxford
    Kellogg College, Oxford
    Kellogg College is one of the largest and most international graduate constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England. Kellogg College is a graduate college and admissions are not open to undergraduates. The college focuses on the concept of higher, postgraduate and lifelong learning...

  • Geoff Travis
    Geoff Travis
    Geoff Travis is the founder of both Rough Trade Records and the Rough Trade chain of record shops. A former drama teacher and owner of a punk record shop, Travis founded the Rough Trade label in 1978.-Biography:...

     - Founder of Rough Trade Records
    Rough Trade Records
    Rough Trade Records is an independent record label based in London. It was formed in 1978 by Geoff Travis who had opened a record store off Ladbroke Grove...

     label and shops
  • Neil Turok
    Neil Turok
    Neil Geoffrey Turok is the Director of Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. He is the son of Mary and Ben Turok, activists in the anti-apartheid movement and the African National Congress.-Career:...

     - Mathematician
  • Stephen Tweedie
    Stephen Tweedie
    Dr. Stephen C. Tweedie is a software developer who is known for his work on the Linux kernel, in particular his work on filesystems.After becoming involved with the development of the ext2 filesystem working on performance issues, he led the development of the ext3 filesystem which involved adding...

     - Software Developer
  • Rick Warden
    Rick Warden
    Richard George Warden is an English television and movie actor.Warden studied at Dr Challoner's Grammar School and received a B.A. Honours in History at Churchill College, Cambridge, 1994. He married actress Lucy Barker on 1 May 2004.He is probably best known for his appearances in the HBO...

     - Actor Band Of Brothers, Rome
    Rome (TV series)
    Rome is a British-American–Italian historical drama television series created by Bruno Heller, John Milius and William J. MacDonald. The show's two seasons premiered in 2005 and 2007, and were later released on DVD. Rome is set in the 1st century BC, during Ancient Rome's transition from Republic...

  • Jeremy Warmsley
    Jeremy Warmsley
    Jeremy Warmsley is a West London based singer-songwriter signed to Transgressive Records.-Biography:His musical style displays an electronica influenced approach to melodic pop songwriting, first heard on debut single 'I Believe In The Way You Move' , and further developed on his 'The Art Of...

     - musician

See also

  • Churchill Scholarship
    Churchill Scholarship
    The Churchill Scholarship is awarded by the Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States to graduates of the more than one hundred colleges and universities participating in the Churchill Scholarship Program, to pursue research and study in engineering, mathematics, or other sciences for one...

    s for thirteen graduates from the United States
    United States
    The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

  • Churchill College Boat Club
    Churchill College Boat Club
    Churchill College Boat Club is the rowing club for members of Churchill College, Cambridge.The club colours are pink and brown, chosen as they are Sir Winston Churchill's racing colours. In recent years, the club has become famous for its lurid pink shells. The men's 1st VIII started the trend in...

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