Lincoln College


Famous Lincoln Alumni

There are a number of famous names amongst the ranks of Lincoln's alumni. A selection of some of the most notable can be found below.

John Radcliffe (1650 - 1714)

Dr. John Radcliffe, had a great reputation as a physician in the late Seventeenth century, and has proved to be one of Oxford University's leading benefactors. His memory is perpetuated in an observatory, two libraries, a college quadrangle, a square, a road, travelling fellowships for medical students and two hospitals.

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John Wesley (1703 - 1791)

John Wesley, a Fellow of Lincoln from 1726, was the founder of Methodism. 

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Nevil Vincent Sidgwick (1873 - 1952)

Nevil Vincent Sidgwick was Lincoln's first Chemistry Fellow. He was a theoretical chemist who made significant contributions to the theory of valency and chemical bonding.

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Edward Thomas (1878 - 1917)

Famous as a writer and poet, Edward Thomas was a history scholar from 1898 - 1900. 

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Lord Florey (1898 - 1968)

Howard Walter Florey was an Australian pharmacologist and pathologist who shared the Nobel prize in 1945 for his role in the making of penicillin. Florey's contribution to Oxford was not confined to scientific breakthroughs however. It was through his leadership that Oxford University's first Middle Common Room for postgraduate students was established in the Michaelmas Term in 1958 at Lincoln.  

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Dr. Seuss (1904 - 1991)

Theodor Seuss Geisel was an American writer, poet, and cartoonist. He was most widely known for his children's books written and illustrated as Dr. Seuss. He began, but never completed, a DPhil in English literature at Lincoln in the 1920s.

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Sir Osbert Lancaster (1908 - 1986)

Sir Osbert Lancaster, Cartoonist, theatre-designer, pioneer of the pocket cartoon, and undisputed master of the withering one-liner, was duly rewarded for his services to art and jovial humour with a knighthood in 1975 (indeed, he is the only cartoonist thus honoured). 

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Norman Heatley (1911 - 2004)

An Honorary Fellow of Lincoln College and one of a dedicated team of researchers in Oxford who developed penicillin during the Second World War as a viable antibiotic for medical use. Norman Heatley was a graduate in biochemistry from the University of Cambridge, who worked at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology.

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Sir Edward Penley Abraham (1913 - 1999)

Sir Edward made significant contributions to Chemistry, Biology and most notably medicine with his work on antibiotics. He was part of a research team led by Professor H.W Florey responsible for the development of penicillin and its medical applications. 

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John le Carré (1931 - )

John le Carré is the pen name of David John Moore Cornwell, an Honorary Fellow of Lincoln and famous British author of espionage novels. His third novel, The Spy who Came in from the Cold (1963), became an international best-seller and remains one of his best-known works.  

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Emily Mortimer (1971 - )

Emily  Mortimer is an English actress. She began performing on stage, and has since appeared in several film and television roles. She made her feature film debut in 1996 alongside Val Kilmer in The Ghost and the Darkness (1996). Roles in various projects have followed, including Elizabeth (1998), Love's Labour's Lost (2000), Match Point (2005), Lars and the Real Girl (2007), Shutter Island (2010) and Hugo (2011).

Stephanie Cook (1972 - )

Stephanie Cook was catapulted into the limelight at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games when she took gold in the first Women's Olympic Modern Pentathlon. She was made an Honorary Fellow of Lincoln in 2004.

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Rachel Maddow (1973 - )

Rachel Maddow is an Emmy award-winning American television host, political commentator, and author. She is the host of The Rachel Maddow Show, a nightly television show on MSNBC, and serves as the cable network's special event co-anchor alongside Brian Williams.