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The prestigious Oxford University has been teaching students since 1096—and it’s produced some of the greatest minds and successful people in the world.You’ve seen the famous alumni from Yale, Harvard, Stanford and Princeton. But even these prestigious schools don’t come close to the pedigree of England’s top school.
Edmund Halley was a mathematician and astronomer who first calculated the orbit of the comet later named after him.
Halley's work in the field of astronomy was greatly influenced by John Flamsteed, the Astronomer Royal, whom he met while at Oxford.
After studying the natural sciences at Oxford, James Smithson went on to become a well-known chemist and mineralogist. At the time, there was not yet much research available on mineralogy.
His curiosity and work ethics eventually gained him recognition and The Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. was named after him.
Emily Wilding Davison received first-class honours in biology, chemistry and English in the early 1900s
A British activist, Emily Davison was a student at Royal Holloway College in addition to Oxford University during a time when most women were not able to receive university educations.
She was most-known as a militant suffragette during the Suffragette Movement who was eventually trampled to death by one of the king's horses in 1913, according to BBC History.
Before becoming well-known as a poet, T.S. Eliot founded and edited the exclusive literary journal Criterion. Later he went on to pave the way for modern poetic prose in poetry from the 'Four Quartets' (1943) and 'The Waste Land' (1922).
He is also known for his notable plays 'Murder in the Cathedral,' 'The Family Reunion,' 'The Cocktail Party' -- and his book-turned-play, 'Cats.'
A brilliant linguist and author of 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy, Tolkien was interested in languages but was encouraged to study English at Oxford.
When he graduated, Tolkien took a job with the Oxford English Dictionary. His first successful novel, 'The Hobbit,' grew out of a story that Tolkien told verbally to his children.
His publisher asked him for a sequel, and Tolkien subsequently wrote 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy.
An acclaimed author and poet, Aldous Huxley based many of the characters in his books off of his contemporaries, including D.H. Lawrence, Frieda Lawrence, and John Middleton Murry.
In 1932, Huxley published 'A Brave New World,' the novel that became an international bestseller and earned him fame.
Dr. Seuss did his masters degree in English literature, but left the university in the 1920s before graduating
Theodor Seuss Geisel -- or more widely known as Dr. Suess -- is a poet and cartoonist. He wrote 44 popular children's books that he said were inspired by his mother.
David Ogilvy was 38, unemployed, and knew nothing about marketing when he was hired to work at a London ad agency.
Three years later he was a well-known copywriter, and eventually founded the agency Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide, which is the tenth biggest ad agency in the world
After researching chemistry post graduation, Margaret Thatcher became the Prime Minister of the U.K. She was the first female Prime Minister.
She was also a member of the Conservative party in Parliament and was elected in 1979, serving three terms according to the BBC history.
Rupert Murdoch is best known for his position as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of News Corporation. He is the son of Keith Rupert Murdoch, who owned a number of local and regional newspapers.
Murdoch, who has made billions as a businessman and publisher, is now well known for the News of the World phone-hacking scandal in 2011.
After studying physics, Stephen Hawking became a Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, the same position held by Isaac Newton in 1663. He is most famous for his book 'A Brief History of Time,' an international bestseller. He also wrote an essay collection, 'Black Holes and Baby Universe.'
In 1964 Hawking contracted a motor neuron disease and was told he only had two more years to live. However, he went on to Cambridge to become a researcher and Professorial Fellow at Gonville and Caius College.
He is believed to be 'one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists since Einstein.'
After graduation, Bill Bradley joined the New York Knicks and led the team to 10 Hall of Fame seasons. He also brought the Knicks to an NBA title in 1970 and again in 1973.
After retiring from the NBA, he went on to be state senator for New Jersey and taught at the University of Maryland, Stanford University and Notre Dame.
He has also written four books, according to the NBA website.
Andrew Lloyd Webber studied history at Oxford, but dropped out in 1965 to pursue a career in musical theatre
Bill Clinton received his undergraduate degree Georgetown University. He was then awarded the Rhodes Scholarship and attended Oxford, but did not complete his degree due to worries about the draft.
Clinton was President of the United States from 1992 to 2000. He has also served five terms as the governor of Arkansas.
Rowan Atkinson is a British actor and comedian. He is famous for his satirical sketch comedy show 'Not the Nine O'Clock News,' which he co-wrote and starred in, according to the Internet Movie Database.
He was also in the sitcoms 'Blackadder,' 'Mr. Bean,' and 'The Thin Blue Line.'
Tony Blair was the Prime Minister of the U.K. from May 1997 to June 2007, and a Leader of the Labour Party from 1994 to 2007. He remains the longest-serving Labour Party Prime Minister.
During his time as PM, Blair made many reforms on issues such as minimum wage, tuition fees for higher education and progress in the Northern Ireland peace process.
Tim Berners-Lee is known as the inventor of the internet. He built his first computer while studying at Oxford out of an old TV set and an M6800 processor.
He then went on to build the first web server in 1990, and founded the World Wide Web Consortium in 1994.
George Stephanopoulos was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship and received his master's in theology in the 1980s
While studying at Oxford, Grant took part in student dramas and considered a career as an art historian.
He is now one of Britain's best known actors after starring in movies such as 'Notting Hill,' 'Music and Lyrics,' 'Love Actually,' 'Two Weeks Notice,' and 'Bridget Jones's Diary,' according to Yahoo! Movies.
David Cameron received his B.A. in philosophy, politics and economics in 1988 with first-class honours
David Cameron, a descendant of King William IV, is the current Prime Minister of the U.K.
He left Oxford in 1988 and immediately secured a research job with the Conservative Party.
He quickly progressed and became special adviser for the Treasury and then Home Office after discovering a talent for preparing ministers for media appearances. He is best known for modernizing Britain's Conservative party, specifically with a more liberal view on homosexuality.
Rachel Maddow was the recipient of a Rhodes Scholarship and received a doctorate in political science in 2001
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