Prominent alumni - Our heritage

Leeds medical pioneer Lord Berkeley Moynihan

Lord Berkeley Moynihan, Medical school pioneer

Lascelles Abercrombie

 

Poet, literary critic; staff, Professor of English Literature, 1923-29

 

McNeill Alexander CBE, FRS

 

Expert on mechanics of human and animal movement; staff, Professor of Zoology, 1969-1999; Emeritus Professor, 1999-present

 

William Astbury FRS

 

Pioneer of molecular biology; founding father of X-ray diffraction of biological macromolecules; staff, Lecturer in Textile Physics 1928-37; Reader in Textile Physics 1937-1946; Professor of Biomolecular Physics 1946-1961

 

Quentin Bell FRSA FRSL

 

Artist; art critic; author; chronicler, Bloomsbury Group; sculptor, 'The Dreamer', commissioned by University of Leeds; staff, Professor of Fine Art 1962-67

 

Reinhold Benesch

Chemistry 1941, MSc 1945

Pioneer in haemoglobin research

 

Robert Blackburn OBE FRA

 

Pioneer of aviation; founder, Blackburn Aircraft; founder, Scarcroft Golf Club

 

Sir Edward Boyle CH

 

Minister for Education under Macmillan; Vice-Chancellor 1969-1980

 

Sir William Henry Bragg OM CBE FRS

Honorary DSc 1919

Physicist; mathematician; chemist; inventor, X-ray spectrometer; discovered X-ray crystallography and shared Nobel Prize in Physics; namesake of Braggite mineral, Cavendish Professor of Physics 1909-15

 

Arthur Brown FBA

 

Pioneer of modern applied economics; staff, Professor of Economics 1947-79

 

Dugald Clerk KBE FRS

 

Designed the world's first successful two-stroke engine, Professor of Economics 1947-79

 

Thomas Cowling FRS

 

Astrophysicist; winner, Hughes Medal 1990; staff, Applied Mathematics 1948-70

 

David Crighton CBE FRS

 

Applied mathematician; staff, Mathematics 1974-85

 

Lord (Fred) Dainton FRS

Honorary DSc 1973

Distinguished chemist; staff, Professor of Physical Chemistry, 1950-65; Vice-Chancellor, Nottingham University; Chancellor, Sheffield University

 

Lt-Col. Bonamy Dobrée OBE

 

Critic; biographer; general editor, 'The Oxford History of English Literature'; staff, English 1936-55

 

Denys Fisher

 

Innventor of the children's game Spirograph. Electrical Engineering, 1936-1939

 

Peter Geach FBA

 

Philosopher; winner, Papal medal Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice 1999; staff, Philosophy, 1966-81

 

Geoffrey Giles FRCS

 

Established Leeds liver transplant programme, Professor of Surgery 1965-92

 

Sir Lawrence Gowing CBE

 

Artist; curator; historian; staff, Professor of Fine Art 1967-75

 

Gilbert Gray QC

LLB Law 1952

Eminent barrister; oversaw high-profile trials, including defense of 'Black Panther' Donald Nielsen

 

Rabbi Leslie Hardman MBE

MA Hebrew 1940

Rabbi; Army chaplain in liberation of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, 1945

 

Sir Edmund Happold

Civil Engineering 1957

Structural and civil engineer; Senior Partner, Buro Happold

 

John Heath-Stubbs OBE, FRSL

 

Poet; Gregory Fellow of Poetry 1952-1955

 

Richard Hoggart

English 1939

Sociologist; academic; author of 'The Uses of Literacy'

 

Margaret Storm Jameson

English 1912, MA 1914,
Honorary DLitt 1943

Novelist; poet; essayist; biographer

 

Maurice Keyworth

Colour Chemistry 1922,
MSc 1923

Textile manufacturer; namesake of Keyworth Institute and Maurice Keyworth building

 

Bernat Klein

Textile Industries 1948  

Textile designer and painter; founder of Bernat Klein Ltd

 

Owen Lattimore

Honorary DLitt 1984

Pioneer of Mongolian and Chinese studies; staff, Professor of Chinese Studies, 1963-70

 

Dame Kathleen Lonsdale FRS

Honorary LLD 1967 

Crystallographer; first woman elected to the Royal Society; staff, Biology 1927-30

 

Alister MacKenzie

MBChB 1905

Golf course designer, work includes Augusta National Golf Club

 

Irene Manton FRS

Honorary DSc 1985

Cutting-edge botanist; President, Linnean Society; staff, Professor of Biology 1946-69

 

Ralph Miliband

 

Noted academic and political theorist, staff, Professor and Head of Politics department 1972-78

 

Lord (Berkeley) Moynihan of Leeds

Yorkshire College graduate;
Honorary LLD 1924

Pioneer of Leeds Medical school, President, Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland

 

Jack Nutting

BSc Metallurgy 1945,
PhD Materials 1948

Electron microscopist with metals and alloys; winner, Beilby, Hadfield and Wilkinson medals; staff, Professor of Metallurgy 1960-89

 

Frank Parkinson

Electrical engineering 1910,
Honorary LLD 1939

Chairman, Crompton Parkinson Company; University benefactor

 

Lord (George) Porter of Luddenham FRS

Chemistry 1941,
Honorary DSc 1971

Chemist; shared the 1967 Nobel Chemistry Prize for work on high-speed, light-driven chemical reactions; President, Royal Society

 

R.D. Preston FRS

Chemistry 1941

Astbury Professor of Biophysics

 

Arthur Ransome

Yorkshire College 1901-02,
Honorary DLitt 1953

Author, 'Swallows and Amazons', 'Coot Club' and other children's books

 

Sir Herbert Read

MC Student 1914,
Honorary DLitt 1932

Poet; critic; arts writer; essayist; co-founder, Institute for Contemporary Arts

 

Vernon Scannell FRSL

Student, English 1940s

Author; poet; broadcaster

 

Jon Silkin

English 1962

Poet; critic; editor; founder of 'Stand' magazine; Gregory Fellow in Poetry 1958-60

 

Sir Roger Stevens

Honorary LLD 1971

British Ambassador to Sweden and Iran; civil servant; academic, Vice-Chancellor 1963-70

 

Edmund Clifton (E.C.) Stoner FRS

 

World-leading physicist; staff, Professor of Theoretical Physics, 1939-51; Cavendish Professor of Physics 1951-63

 

Edward Palmer Thompson FBA

 

Social historian; political activist; staff, Extra-mural Studies, 1948-65

 

John Ronald Reuel (J.R.R.) Tolkien CBE

 

Author, 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy; staff, Reader in and Professor of English Language 1920-25

 

Harold Woolhouse

 

Director, John Innes Institute; Director, Waite Institute; staff, Professor of Botany 1969-80

 


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