University of Cambridge Alumni

The University of Cambridge Alumni are a family of esteemed scholars.  Among the ranks of famous alumni are greats such as Charles Darwin, the poet William Wordsworth, renowned physicists Sir Isaac Newton and Stephen Hawking, and actor Sir Ian McKellen. Over 800 years of education have seen many notable names come through the University.

Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington. Photo by Robyn Twomey.

Arianna Huffington. Photo by Robyn Twomey.

Arianna Huffington is best known as the editor-in-chief for The Huffington Post. Under her direction the site earned both a Peabody Award in 2010, and a Pulitzer Prize in 2012. She earned her master’s degree in economics from Girton College.

In addition to her work as a syndicated columnist Huffington has published more than a dozen books. She has written biographies, one of Pablo Picasso, and political commentaries. She also wrote a book on Greek mythology, exploring the history of her heritage.

Huffington published a memoir in 2014 titled Thrive.  In 2003 Arianna Huffington ran on the Independent ticket for governor of California against the actor-turned- politician Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Zadie Smith

Zadie Smith is best known for her novels, though she has published a book of essays as well. Her first novel, White Teeth, released in 2000, enjoyed immediate commercial success and critical acclaim. This earned Smith the James Tate Black Memorial Prize for fiction. The novel was adapted to television two years later.

Zadie Smith studied English literature at King’s College, University of Cambridge. While she was studying, she contributed several short stories to a collection of new student writings. These stories attracted the attention of a publisher, who offered Smith her first novel contract.

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Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking, a leading voice in cosmology and the study of theoretical physics, obtained his PhD at University of Cambridge.

He is the author of the bestselling book, A Brief History of Time.

Stephen Hawking was born 8 January, 1942 in Oxford, England.

Hawking was the eldest of three children. His parents were both educated at Oxford University, where he too would go on to study cosmology. He met his first wife, Jane Wilde, at the University of Cambridge while attending the graduate programme there.

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Tom Hiddleston

Tom Hidleston. University of Cambridge Alumni

Tom Hiddleston at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011. Photo by Gordon Correll

Best known for his portrayal of the god Loki in the Marvel superhero movies, Thor, and The Avengers, Tom Hiddleston is a Shakespearian actor, who studied Classics at Pembroke College, University of Cambridge.

He was a part of the world-famous theatre troupe, Cheek by Jowl, under the direction of Declan Donnellan, and studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts after graduating from the University of Cambridge.

Tom Hiddleston has appeared on BBC programmes such as Wallander and Suburban Shootout. He also starred in Steven Spielberg’s War Horse, and in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, displaying his range of talent, and refusing to be stuck into a typecast. His many performances have brought him great fame and a loyal fan following.

If you’d like to know more about Tom Hiddleston, you can read his page by clicking here.

University of Cambridge Alumni Groups

The Cambridge connexion carries on long after graduation, between former students and faculty. There are over four-hundred University of Cambridge alumni groups across one-hundred countries.

Groups share contact information, host networking events, and stay involved with the University, no matter where they are located. Groups are exclusive to alumni, and foster a continuing sense of family, scholarship, and achievement in the greater Cambridge community.
The groups are volunteer led, and all alumni are invited to join and participate. The University of Cambridge Alumni page hosts a directory of groups updated every year which contains the contact information for all the group organizers.

University of Cambridge Alumni Benefits

From an unlimited access to research databases, to continuing education courses, University of Cambridge alumni are offered a range of privileges.  The University provides alumni with email for life, and also publishes CAM, a magazine made free for its alumni.  Graduates are encouraged to connect with their Alma Mater.

CAM magazine accepts contributions of letters, accomplishments, research, and more from all alumni. CAM is published three times a year, and those contributions that do not make it into the print edition are featured online. The University of Cambridge also promotes alumni authors by hosting their books on their alumni site.

To submit letters and contact the CAM editor email

Development and Alumni Relations can be contacted through any of the following means:
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