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Famous Old Elysians

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Tobias Abse - Lecturer in European History, Goldsmith's, University of London
David Deutsch, physicist at the Clarendon Laboratory, who wrote The Fabric of Reality
Professor Paul Ernest - Emeritus (from 2005) Professor of Mathematics Education, University go Exeter
Orlando Figes, historian.
Leonard Goodwin CMG, Director from 1964-80 of the Nuffield Laboratories at the Institute of Zoology.
Michael Green (physicist), Lucasian Chair of Mathematics Cambridge University
Dr Maurice Greenberg, Consultant Psychiatrist University College London
Anthony A. Hyman, FRS - Molecular Cell Biologist and Director of Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics: Dresden, Germany
Roland Levinsky, Vice-Chancellor from 2002-7 of the University of Plymouth and Hugh Greenwood Professor of Immunology at the UCL Institute of Child Health from 1985–99
Mark Mazower, historian
Eric Neville, Professor of Mathematics from 1919-54 at the University of Reading and known for Neville's algorithm
Peter Sayers, Former Dean of Cheltenham & Gloucester College HE and member of the Human Genetics Commission
Neil Turok, Professor of Mathematical Physics from 1996-2008 at the University of Cambridge, and Director since 2008 of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
Dagan Wells, biologist, director of PGD company Reprogenetics; Senior Fellow at Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Oxford


Mark Bedford, bass guitarist for Madness, Robert Wyatt and Morrissey
Geraint Bowen, Organist and Director of Music since 2001 at Hereford Cathedral
Richard Causton, composer
Ken Colyer, jazz trumpeter
Hugh Cornwell, singer-songwriter of The Stranglers
Phil Soussan[5] - musician, songwriter, Governing Board member of the Grammys
Benny Green Musician and Journalist
Clive Langer Record Producer and Songwriter
Michael J McEvoy, musician, film score composer, Soul II Soul member
Richard Thompson, singer-songwriter and guitarist


Jon Amiel, Film Maker
Barry Bucknell, popularised DIY on TV
Norman Collins, Controller of BBC TV from 1947–50, and whilst at BBC Radio created Woman's Hour in 1946
Dickie Davies, ITV sports presenter from 1964–89
Nigel Godrich, Grammy Award-winning recording engineer and record producer
Fred Newman (publisher), founder of Publishing News and the British Book Awards[8]
Sean Yazbeck, The Apprentice (US Season 5), winner
Andrew Sachs, actor (Deceased)
Julien Temple, film maker


Tim Guest, author
Alexei de Keyser, scriptwriter
Toby Young, author, Spectator commentator and Educationist
David Aaronovitch, Times journalist, and President from 1980-2 of the National Union of Students
Tom Bower, journalist, biographer and former BBC documentary producer
Len Deighton, author, chef and film maker
Maurice Gran, TV comedy writer for programmes such as Goodnight Sweetheart


Marco Goldschmied, Architect, former President of RIBA.
Jonathan Miller (businessman), Chief Executive from 2002-6 of AOL (only for one year)


Sir John Dellow CBE, Deputy Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police from 1987–91
Sir Roy Halliday DSC, Vice Admiral and Director-General Intelligence, Defence Intelligence Staff
Group Captain (Ret) Johnathon Fynes, Former commander RAF Fighter Training School
Captain Paul Lemkes RN
Brigadier John Terrington Royal Signals (Ret)
Colonel David Watson MBE, PWRR. (Ret)
Colonel WG Morris Royal Signals (TA) (Ret)
Colonel Andy Morris (RA) (Ret)
Wing Commander Stephen Caunt RAF (Ret)

Sir Bernard Jenkin, Conservative MP from 1997-2010 for North Essex and from 1992-7 for Colchester North
Fred Titmus, England cricketer (53 tests) from 1955–1975, Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1963
Nicholas Russell, 6th Earl Russell