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Crystallographer Dame Kathleen Lonsdale

Dame Kathleen Lonsdale DBE FRS (UCL Physics MSc 1924) was an Irish crystallographer and the first female tenured professor at UCL. Among her other achievements, Kathleen was one of the first women to be elected a Fellow of the Royal Society and the first female president of the British Association for the Advancement of Science.
UCL Physics and Astronomy

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Untitled house by Rachel Whiteread 1993

Untitled house by Rachel Whiteread 1993

Commissioned by Artangel, sponsored by Becks. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery © The artist. Photo: Sue Ormerod.

Nobel Prize winner: Professor John O'Keefe

Professor John O’Keefe (UCL Biosciences) was awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of our ‘inner GPS’: cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain and enable us to orient ourselves.
UCL Biosciences

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Turner prize winner: Rachel Whiteread

Rachel Whiteread (UCL Slade 1987) is an English sculptor and first female winner of the Turner Prize. Rachel is one of the Young British Artists who emerged in the 1990s. House, her 1993 Turner Prize-winning work, was a cast of 193 Grove Road, a Victorian terrace house, which was due to demolition.
UCL Slade School of Fine Art

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Centre for Editing Lives and Letters (CELL)

Founded by the late Professor Lisa Jardine, the ground-breaking Centre for Editing Lives and Letters (CELL) uses new techniques to make archives matter. Concentrating on the years 1500 to 1800, the centre has helped graduate and doctoral students, researchers, teachers and writers develop methods of digitisation and interpretation that illuminate the early modern period.
CELL

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Attorney General and life peer: Baroness Scotland

Patricia Scotland, Baroness Scotland of Asthal PC QC (UCL Law 1976) is a British barrister and former Attorney General for England and Wales. Patricia is the first black woman to be appointed a Queen’s Counsel, and became a life-peer in 1997. In April 2016, Patricia took up the position of Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Nations.
UCL Laws

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Leonardo di Caprio in UCL's Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre

Leonardo di Caprio in UCL's Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre

UCL alumnus Christopher Nolan returned to UCL with Leonardo di Caprio to film a scene from 'Inception'.

Film director: Christopher Nolan

Christopher Nolan (UCL English Language and Literature 1993) is a film director, screenwriter and producer famous for films such as Inception and the Batman Dark Knight Trilogy. Christopher made films as a child before becoming President of UCL Union’s Film Society. Christopher returned to UCL in 2009, filming scenes for Inception in the Flaxman Gallery.
UCL English

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Olympic gold medallist: Christine Ohuruogu

Christine Ohuruogu MBE (UCL Linguistics 2005) is a British track and field athlete specialising in 400m. Christine is an Olympic gold medallist and double World Champion, and holds the British record in the 400m. She competed at the Rio 2016 games.
UCL Psychology and Language Sciences

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British car manufacturer: Colin Chapman

Colin Chapman (UCL Structural Engineering 1950) was a design engineer, inventor and builder who founded Lotus Cars. Using his knowledge of aeronautical engineering, Colin lead Lotus to seven Formula One Constructors’ titles in the 1960s and ‘70s. Despite Colin’s early death, Lotus is one of the few remaining successful British car manufacturers.
UCL Engineering

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Journalist Steph McGovern

Journalist Steph McGovern

Steph McGovern returned to UCL in 2013 as a guest speaker at UCL Graduation Ceremonies.

BBC correspondent: Steph McGovern

Steph McGovern, Award winning Business Correspondent, BBC Breakfast, Science Communication and Policy BSc (2005). ‘Sometimes it feels like I haven’t really left UCL. I have been back to lecture on the media and speak at events, and I have attended various reunion parties. The UCL family is one that I am proud to be part of.’
UCL Science and Technology

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Award winning architect: Farshid Moussavi

Farshid Moussavi RA RIBA (Bartlett) is an award winning British architect known for buildings such as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland. Alongside her commercial work with her practice FMA, Farshid has been Professor In Practice at Harvard University Graduate School of Design since 2005.
The Bartlett

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Japanese noblemen: Choshu Five

The Choshu Five were a group of Japanese noblemen who came to UCL in 1863, when travel beyond Japan was banned, and UCL was the only English university open to international students. They played important roles in the modernisation of Japan on their return, including Kaoru Inoue, who became the first Prime Minister of Japan.
UCL Global

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