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  1. Tim Henman

    Tim Henman


    Timothy Henry "Tim" Henman, (born 6 September 1974) is an English retired professional tennis player. Henman played a serve-and-volley style of tennis. He was the first player from the United Kingdom since Roger Taylor in the 1970s to reach the semi-finals of the Wimbledon Men's Singles Championship. Henman never reached the finals of any Grand Slam but reached six Grand Slam semifinals and won 15 career ATP titles (11 in singles and four in doubles) including the Paris Masters in 2003. He was ranked UK number 1 in 1996 and again from 1999 to 2005 from which point he was succeeded by Andy Murray. He reached a career high ranking of World No. 4 during three different periods between July 2002 and October 2004. He is one of Britain's most successful open era male tennis players winning $11,635,542 prize money.

  2. Antonia Fraser

    Antonia Fraser


    Lady Antonia Margaret Caroline Fraser, DBE (born 27 August 1932), née Pakenham, is a British author of history, novels, biographies and detective fiction. She is the widow of the 2005 Nobel Laureate in Literature, Harold Pinter (1930–2008), and prior to his death was also known as Antonia Pinter.

  3. Nevil Shute

    Nevil Shute


    Nevil Shute Norway (17 January 1899 – 12 January 1960) was a British novelist and aeronautical engineer. He used his full name in his engineering career, and Nevil Shute as his pen name, to protect his engineering career from any potential negative publicity in connection with his novels.

  4. John Betjeman

    John Betjeman


    Sir John Betjeman, CBE (/ˈbɛəmən/; 28 August 1906 – 19 May 1984) was an English poet, writer, and broadcaster who described himself in Who's Who as a "poet and hack". He was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1972 until his death.

  5. Rageh Omaar

    Rageh Omaar


    Rageh Omaar (/ˈræɡi ˈmɑː/; Somali: Raage Omaar, Arabic: راجح عمر‎; born 19 July 1967) is a Somali-born British journalist and writer. His latest book Only Half of Me deals with the tensions between these two sides of his identity. He used to be a BBC world affairs correspondent, where he made his name reporting from Iraq. In September 2006, Rageh moved to a new post at Al Jazeera English, where he presented the nightly weekday documentary series Witness until January 2010. The Rageh Omaar Report, first aired February 2010, is a one-hour, monthly investigative documentary in which he reports on important international current affairs stories. From January 2013, he became a special correspondent and presenter for ITV News, reporting on a broad range of news stories, as well as producing special in-depth reports from all around the UK and further afield. A year after his appointment, Omaar was promoted to International Affairs Editor for ITV News.

  6. Andrew Lack

    Andrew Lack


    Dr Andrew John Lack (born 1953) is an English biologist and author, specializing in botany and based at Oxford Brookes University.

  7. Hugo White

    Hugo White


    Admiral Sir Hugo Moresby White GCB CBE DL (22 October 1939 – 1 June 2014) was a senior officer of the Royal Navy and subsequently Governor of Gibraltar.

  8. Nicholas Moore

    Nicholas Moore


    Nicholas Moore (16 November 1918 – 26 January 1986) was an English poet, associated with the New Apocalyptics in the 1940s, whose reputation stood as high as Dylan Thomas’s. He later dropped out of the literary world.

  9. Leonard Cheshire

    Leonard Cheshire


    Group Captain Geoffrey Leonard Cheshire, Baron Cheshire VC, OM, DSO & Two Bars, DFC (7 September 1917 – 31 July 1992) was a highly decorated British RAF pilot during the Second World War and later philanthropist.

  10. Peter Jay

    Peter Jay


    The Honourable Peter Jay (born 7 February 1937) is a British economist, broadcaster and diplomat.

  11. Naomi Mitchison

    Naomi Mitchison


    Naomi Mary Margaret Mitchison, CBE (née Haldane; 1 November 1897 – 11 January 1999) was a Scottish novelist and poet. Often referred to as the doyenne of Scottish literature, she wrote over 90 books covering a wide range of genre including historical, science fiction, travelogue and autobiography. With her husband Gilbert Richard Mitchison becoming a life peer in 1964, she was also entitled to call herself Lady Mitchison, but never used the title herself. She was appointed CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 1981.

  12. Cressida Dick

    Cressida Dick


    Cressida Rose Dick, CBE, QPM (born 1960) is a Director-general at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). Previously she was a senior officer in the Metropolitan Police in London. Dick was once the most senior female police officer in Britain. Dick served as acting deputy commissioner in the interim between Deputy Commissioner Tim Godwin's retirement and his permanent successor, Craig Mackey, taking office at the end of January 2012.

  13. Lennox Berkeley

    Lennox Berkeley


    Sir Lennox Randal Francis Berkeley (12 May 1903 – 26 December 1989) was an English composer.

  14. Janet Young, Baroness Young

    Janet Young, Baroness Young


    Janet Mary Baker Young, Baroness Young PC (23 October 1926 – 6 September 2002), was a British Conservative politician. She served as the first ever female Leader of the House of Lords from 1981 to 1983, first as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and from 1982 as Lord Privy Seal. She was the only woman ever appointed to the Cabinet by Margaret Thatcher.

  15. Timothy Raison

    Timothy Raison


    Sir Timothy Hugh Francis Raison (3 November 1929 – 3 November 2011) was a British Conservative politician.

  16. Hugh Gaitskell

    Hugh Gaitskell


    Hugh Todd Naylor Gaitskell, CBE, PC (9 April 1906 – 18 January 1963) was a British Labour politician who held Cabinet office in Clement Attlee's governments, and was the Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition from 1955 until his death in 1963. He was responsible for introducing prescription charges on the National Health Service, which caused Aneurin Bevan to resign from the Cabinet.

  17. Christopher Tolkien

    Christopher Tolkien


    Christopher Reuel Tolkien (born 21 November 1924) is the third and youngest son of the author J. R. R. Tolkien (1892–1973), and is best known as the editor of much of his father's posthumously published work. He drew the original maps for his father's The Lord of the Rings, which he signed C. J. R. T.; the J. stood for John, a baptismal name that he did not ordinarily use.

  18. Humphrey Carpenter

    Humphrey Carpenter


    Humphrey William Bouverie Carpenter (29 April 1946 – 4 January 2005) was an English biographer, writer, and radio broadcaster.

  19. Stephen Oppenheimer

    Stephen Oppenheimer


    Stephen Oppenheimer (born 1947) is a British paediatrician, geneticist, and writer. He is a member of Green Templeton College, Oxford and an honorary fellow of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, and carries out and publishes research in the fields of genetics and human prehistory.

  20. Peter Horsley

    Peter Horsley


    Air Marshal Sir Beresford Peter Torrington Horsley KCB CBE LVO AFC (25 March 1921 - 20 December 2001) was a senior Royal Air Force commander.

  21. Nicholas Shakespeare

    Nicholas Shakespeare


    Nicholas William Richmond Shakespeare (born 3 March 1957) is a British novelist and biographer.

  22. Norton Knatchbull, 8th Baron Brabourne

    Norton Knatchbull, 8th Baron Brabourne


    Norton Louis Philip Knatchbull, 8th Baron Brabourne Bt. (born 8 October 1947), known until 2005 as Lord Romsey, is a British Peer.

  23. Alan Urwick

    Alan Urwick


    Sir Alan Bedford Urwick, (born 2 May 1930) is a retired British diplomat.

  24. Conrad Wolfram

    Conrad Wolfram


    Conrad Wolfram (born 10 June 1970) is a British technologist and businessman known for his work in information technology and its application.

  25. J.B.S. Haldane

    J.B.S. Haldane


    John Burdon Sanderson Haldane, FRS (/ˈhɔːldn/; 5 November 1892 – 1 December 1964) known as "Jack" (but who used 'J. B. S.' in his printed works), was a British naturalised Indian scientist. He was a polymath well known for his works in physiology, genetics and evolutionary biology. He was also a mathematician making innovative contributions to statistics and biometry. Haldane was a socialist, Marxist, atheist, and humanist whose political dissent led him to leave England in 1956 and live in India.

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