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Rupert BrookeEnglish poet known for his idealistic war sonnets written during the First World War, especially “The Soldier”. He was also known for his boyish good looks, which were said to have prompted the Irish poet W. B. Yeats to describe him as “the handsomest young man in England”. Brooke made friends among the Bloomsbury group of writers, some of whom admired his talent while others were more impressed by his good looks. Virginia Woolf boasted to Vita Sackville-West of once going skinny-dipping with Brooke in a moonlit pool when they were in Cambridge together. Brooke belonged to another literary group known as the Georgian Poets and was one of the most important of the Dymock poets, associated with the Gloucestershire village of Dymock where he spent some time before the war. He also lived in the Old Vicarage, Grantchester.
Virginia WoolfEnglish writer and significant figure in London literary society. She was a central figure in the Bloomsbury Group. in the. Her most famous works include the novels “Mrs Dalloway”, “To the Lighthouse” and the essay “A Room of One’s with its famous dictum “A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.”
Edward “E M” ForsterEnglish novelist, short story writer, and essayist. Best known for “Howard’s End”, “A Room with a View” and “A Passage to India”.
Francis CrickBritish molecular biologist, biophysicist and neuroscientist. Best known for co-discovering the structure of the DNA molecule with James Watson and Maurice Wilkins.
Alan TuringPioneering English computer scientist, mathematician logician cryptanalysis and theoretical biologist. Bletchley Park code breaker in World War II. He is widely considered to be the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence Highly inflected influential in the development of theoretical computer science.
Ludwig WittgensteinAustrian-British philosopher who worked primarily in logic, the philosophy of mathematics, the mind and language.
Alan “A A” MilneEnglish author, best known for his books about the teddy bear Winnie-the-Pooh.
David “D H” LawrenceEnglish novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, literary critic and painter, best known for his novels “Sons and Lovers”, “Women in Love” and “Lady Chatterley’s Lover”.
James WatsonAmerican molecular biologist, geneticist and zoologist. Best known for co-discovering the structure of the DNA molecule with Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins.
George Bernard ShawIrish playwright, critic and polemicist. Shaw wrote more than sixty plays, including major works such as “Pygmalion and “Saint Joan” and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Alfred “A N” WhiteheadBritish mathematician and philosopher. He is the defining figure of the philosophical school known as process philosophy. He co-authored Principia Mathematica with Bertrand Russell one of the 20th century’s most important works in mathematical logic.
Sylvia PlathAmerican poet, novelist and short-story writer.
Bertrand RussellBritish philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, social critic political activist and Nobel laureate. He co-authored Principia Mathematica with A N Whitehead, one of the 20th century’s most important works in mathematical logic.
John “J B” PriestleyEnglish author, novelist, playwright, scriptwriter, social commentator, man of letters and broadcaster. Best known for The Good Companions and his moral boosting radio talks during the Battle of Britain
Ernest RutherfordNew Zealand physicist who became known as the father of nuclear physics. He discovered the concept of radioactive half-life for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry. He conducted research that led to the first “splitting” of the atom. He discovered (and named) the proton.
Alfred “A E” HousmanEnglish classical scholar classical and poet, best known for “A Shropshire Lad”, a collection of sixty-three poems.
John Maynard KeynesBritish economist whose ideas fundamentally changed the theory and practice of macroeconomics and the economic policies of governments. He built on and greatly refined earlier work on the causes of business cycles, and is widely considered to be one of the most influential economists of the 20th century and the founder of modern macroeconomics. His ideas are the basis for the school of thought known as Keynesian economics and its various offshoots.
Henry JamesAmerican writer, best known for his novel “The Portrait of a Lady”.
Christopher CockerellEnglish engineer, best known as the inventor of the hovercraft.
Edward “Ted” HughesEnglish Poet Laureate and children’s writer. Was married to American poet Sylvia Plath.
Herbert “H G” WellsEnglish writer in many genres, including the novel, history, politics, and social commentary, and textbooks and rules for war games. Best remembered for his science fiction novels including “The Time Machine”, “The Invisible Man” and “War of the Worlds”.
George MalloryEnglish mountaineer who took part in the first three British expeditions to climb Mount Everest. Died trying to make the first ascent.
Pandit NehruFirst Prime Minister of India and a central figure in Indian politics before and after independence.
Lytton StracheyBritish writer and critic. Founding member of the Bloomsbury Group. Best known for establishing a new form of biography in which psychological insight and sympathy are combined with irreverence and wit.
George “G M” TrevelyanBritish historian academic and author. At one time very widely read the currently his work is out of academic favour.
The Cambridge Spy RingComprised Anthony Blunt, Guy Burgess, John Cairncross, Donald Maclean and Kim Philby. They were recruited by the Soviet Union during World War II and actively passed secrets to the Russians at least into the early 1950s.
Salman RushdieBritish Indian novelist and essayist. Best known for his novels “Midnight’s Children” and “The Satanic Verses”, the latter resulting in Ayatollah Khomeini issuing a fatwa and calling for his assassination.
Stephen HawkingEnglish theoretical physicist, and cosmologist. Best known as author of “A Brief History of Time.
James “J G” BallardEnglish novelist, short story writer and essayist.
Germaine GreerAustralian-born academic and writer. Best known as the author of “The Female Eunuch”.
Leslie CharterisBritish-Chinese novelist and screenwriter. Best known for his “The Saint” books.
Robert DonatEnglish film and stage Academy Award winning actor. Best known for his roles in Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps and Goodbye, Mr. Chips.
John BetjemanEnglish Poet Laureate, writer and broadcaster.
Lowes DickinsonEnglish portrait painter and photographer.
James Elroy FleckerEnglish poet, novelist and playwright.
Christopher IsherwoodEnglish novelist and literary collaborator.
James MasonEnglish actor who became one of Hollywood’s biggest stars appearing in “A Star is Born”, North by Northwest, and “The Verdict.”
Frederik RaphaelAmerican-born, British-educated, screenwriter, biographer, nonfiction writer, novelist and journalist. He won an Oscar for the screenplay for the movie “Darling” He also wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s, “Far From the Madding Crowd”.
Air Commodore Sir Frank WhittleEnglish royal air force engineer air officer credited with single-handedly inventing the turbojet engine.
HRH King George VIKing of England
Sir Cecil BeatonEnglish fashion, portrait and war photographer. Academy Award winning stage and costume designer.
Lord Richard “RAB” ButlerBritish Conservative politician. Most famous for the Education Act 1944. Held several posts including, most notably, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Home Secretary and Deputy Prime Minister.
James HiltonEnglish novelist. Best remembered for “Lost Horizon” and “Goodbye, Mr Chips.”
Herbert LomCzech -born British film and television actor best known for his roles in “The Ladykiller’s” and as Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus, Inspector Clouseau’s superior in the “Pink Panther” films.
HRH Prince CharlesFuture King of England
Viscount William “Willie” WhitelawBritish Conservative politician who served, most notably, as Home Secretary and Deputy Prime Minister.
Emma ThompsonBritish actress, comedian, and writer. She had won Academy Awards for her roles in “Howards End”, the Remains of the Day” and “In the name of the Father.”
Lord William Birkett QCBritish barrister, judge, and politician who served during the Nuremberg Trials.
Sir Jonathan MillerEnglish theatre and opera director actor author television presenter humourist and medical doctor. Best known for appearing in the comedy revue beyond the French with fellow writers and performers Peter Cook and Dudley Moore.
HRH Prince EdwardYoungest son of HRH The Queen of England.
James “Jimmy” EdwardsEnglish comedy writer and actor on radio and television. Best known as Pa Glum in Take It From Here and as “Professor” James Edwards in Whack-O!
Stephen FryEnglish actor, comedian, author, journalist, broadcaster and film director.
Sir Norman HartnellBritish fashion designer. Best known for designing the Coronation gown for Elizabeth II and many other of her clothes.
Lord Douglas HurdBritish Conservative politician who held several posts include, most notably, Home Secretary Foreign Secretary and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.
Peter MayScottish television screenwriter, novelist, and award winning crime writer. Best known for writing the three books in “The Lewis Trilogy.
Gryff Rhys JonesWelsh comedian, writer, actor and television presenter. Best known for his comedy partnership with Mel Smith in the television sketch shows “Not the Nine O’Clock News” and “Alas Smith and Jones”.
Lord Robert Alexander QCBritish barrister, banker and conservative politician.
Tim Brooke TaylorComedy actor and writer. Best known as a member of The Goodies and as a panelist on I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue.
Peter CookeEnglish actor, satirist, writer and comedian. Best known for his partnership with Dudley Moore and the weekly TV show “That Was the Week That Was”.
Gilbert HardingEnglish journalist and radio and television personality. Best known for his appearances on radio’s “Twenty Questions” and the television panel game “What’s my line?” .
Eric IdleEnglish comedian, actor, author, singer-songwriter, musician, and comedic composer. Best known as being a co-founder of Monty Python and author of the Broadway musical Spamalot.
Hugh LaurieEnglish actor, writer, director, musician, singer, comedian, and author. Best known for playing the role of Dr Gregory House in the television medical drama series “House”.
Lord David OwenBritish politician who held the post of Foreign Secretary. He was a founder member of the Social Democratic Party.
Rt Rev Lord David ShephardHigh-profile Bishop of Liverpool who played test cricket for England.
John CleeseEnglish actor, comedian, writer, and film producer. Best known as a co-founder of Monty Python’s Flying Circus.
Sir David FrostEnglish journalist, comedian, writer, and television presenter personality and television Best known for his television interviews with senior political figures, among them the interviews with President Richard Nixon.
Julio IglesiasSpanish singer and songwriter who is one of the best-selling artists of all, and the best-selling Latin artist in history.
Chris KellyEnglish television presenter, producer and writer.
William “Bill” OddieEnglish writer, composer, musician, comedian, artist, ornithologist, conservationist and television presenter. He became famous as one The Goodies.
Lord Donald SoperMethodist minister, socialist and pacifist.
Lord Jeffrey ArcherEnglish author and conservative politician.
Kenneth ClarkeBritish Conservative Politician. Held several posts, including most notably, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Home Secretary and Lord Chancellor.
Graham GardenBritish comedian, author, actor, artist and television presenter. Best known as a member of The Goodies.
Lord Geoffrey HoweBritish Conservative politician who held several posts including, most notably, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Foreign Secretary and Deputy Prime Minister.
Alistair CookeBritish journalist and television broadcaster. Best known for his radio show Letter from America.
Sir David AttenboroughBritish broadcaster, naturalist and conservationist.
Bamber GascoigneBritish television presenter and author, best known for being the original quizmaster on University Challenge.
Dame Mary ArcherBritish scientist. Fellow of Newnham College.
Clive JamesAustralian author, critic, broadcaster, poet, translator and memoirist. Best known for his chat shows and documentaries on British television.
Enoch PowellBritish conservative and Ulster Unionist politician, classical scholar, linguist, and poet.
Mike ReadEnglish radio DJ, writer, journalist and television presenter. Best known for his association with Radio 1and as host of the 1980s Saturday morning children’s television show Saturday Superstore.
Rt Rev Lord Robert RuncieArchbishop of Canterbury
Brian RedheadBritish author, journalist and broadcaster. Best known as co-presenter on Radio 4’s “Today” programme.
Sir Tim Rice
Dame Flora RobsonEnglish actress of stage and cinema, particularly renowned for her performances in plays demanding dramatic and emotional intensity.

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