List of Nobel laureates affiliated with University College London

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University College London (UCL) is one of the two founding colleges of the University of London. There have been 33 Nobel Prize laureates amongst UCL’s alumni and current and former staff. UCL has the most Nobel affiliations among colleges and schools of the University of London, which has produced as many as 72 Nobelists till 2010.

UCL Nobel laureates

Year Image Laureate Relation Category Rationale
2013 Nobel Prize 24 2013.jpg Peter Higgs Research Fellow (1956-1957), Temporary Lectureship in Mathematics (1959-1960), Honorary Fellow (2010) Physics "for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles"[1]
2009 Charles Kuen Kao Charles K. Kao PhD (1965) at UCL; Honorary doctorate (DSc.h.c. 2010) Physics "for groundbreaking achievements concerning the transmission of light in fibers for optical communication"[2]
1928 Owen Richardson.jpg Owen Willans Richardson Student Physics "for his work on the thermionic phenomenon and especially for the discovery of the law named after him"
1915 William Henry Bragg Nobel bw.jpg William Henry Bragg(shared with Lawrence Bragg) Quain Professor of Physics (1915–1923) Physics "for their services in the analysis of crystal structure by means of X-rays"
1967 George Porter Nobel.jpg George Porter Visiting Professor at Department of Chemistry (1967-2002) Chemistry "for their studies of extremely fast chemical reactions, effected by disturbing the equilibrium by means of very short pulses of energy"
1959 Heyrovsky Jaroslav.jpg Jaroslav Heyrovský BSc (1913), researcher (1910–1914), DSc (1921), Fellow (1927) Chemistry "for his discovery and development of the polarographic methods of analysis"
1955 Vincent du Vigneaud Researcher, University College Hospital Chemistry
1947 Robert Robinson organic chemist.jpg Robert Robinson Chair in Organic Chemistry (1928–1930) Chemistry
1944 Otto Hahn Otto Hahn Researcher (1904–1905) Chemistry
1921 Frederick Soddy.jpg Frederick Soddy Researcher (1903–1904) Chemistry
1904 William Ramsay William Ramsay Chair of Inorganic Chemistry (1887–1913) Chemistry
2014 John O'Keefe (neuroscientist) 2014.jpg John O'Keefe Professor at the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience Medicine/Physiology
2013 James Rothman Research Professor at the Institute of Neurology (2013-) Medicine/Physiology
2007 Martin Evans Nobel Prize.jpg Martin Evans PhD (1969); lecturer in Department of Anatomy and Embryology (1969–1978); Honorary doctorate (DSc.h.c. 2008) Medicine/Physiology
2001 Paul Nurse portrait.jpg Paul Nurse Honorary Professor of School of Life and Medical Sciences Medicine/Physiology
1991 Bert Sakmann Researcher at Department of Biophysics (1970–1973) Medicine/Physiology
1988 James W. Black Professor and head of the Department of Pharmacology (1973–1978) Medicine/Physiology
1970 Ulf von Euler.jpg Ulf von Euler Lecturer, Department of Biophysics (1934–1935) Medicine/Physiology
1970 Bernard Katz Student; Professor and head of Department of Biophysics (1952–) Medicine/Physiology
1963 Andrew Fielding Huxley nobel.jpg Andrew Huxley Head of the Department of Physiology (1960–1969); Royal Society Research Professorship (1969–1983) Medicine/Physiology
1962 Francis Crick Francis Crick BSc in Physics (1937), PhD student (interrupted by World War II); Honorary Fellow Medicine/Physiology [3]
1960 Peter Medawar Professor of Zoology (1951–1962) Medicine/Physiology
1944 Herbert Spencer Gasser nobel.jpg Herbert Spencer Gasser Researcher Medicine/Physiology [4]
1938 Corneille Heymans nobel.jpg Corneille Heymans Researcher Medicine/Physiology
1936 Otto Loewi Researcher Medicine/Physiology
1936 Henry Hallett Dale Henry Hallett Dale Student (George Henry Lewes Studentship in Physiology); Researcher (Sharpey Scholar) Medicine/Physiology [5]
1929 Frederick Gowland Hopkins nobel.jpg Frederick Gowland Hopkins BSc; Associateship Examination of the Institute of Chemistry Medicine/Physiology
1922 Archibald Vivian Hill.jpg Archibald Hill Professor of Physiology (1923–1951) Medicine/Physiology
1913 Rabindranath Tagore Rabindranath Tagore Student at UCL Faculty of Laws Literature
2000 James Heckman.jpg James Heckman Distinguished Chair of Microeconometrics (2004-); Honorary Doctorate (2013) Economics
1989 Trygve Haavelmo.jpg Trygve Haavelmo Student Economics


  1. ^ "Peter Higgs: Curriculum Vitae". The University of Edinburgh School of Physics and Astronomy. Retrieved 31 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Nobel Lecture by Charles K. Kao" (PDF). The Nobel Foundation. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 August 2011. Retrieved 25 April 2011.
  3. ^ "Francis Crick – Biography". The Nobel Foundation. Retrieved 26 June 2011.
  4. ^ "Herbert Spencer Gasser (1888—1963)" (PDF).
  5. ^ "Henry Hallett Dale (1875-1968)". The Royal Institution of Great Britain. Archived from the original on 11 February 2012. Retrieved 25 April 2011.
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