LSE people

                                                                                                                                    LSE alumni and faculty members have been awarded 18 Nobel Prizes in economics, peace and literature. At least 34 past or present prime ministers, presidents and premiers have come from the School.

                                                                                                                                    Discover more here about the people who have played important roles in LSE’s history and on the world stage.

                                                                                                                                    Famous alumni

                                                                                                                                    George Soros, business magnate
                                                                                                                                    David Rockefeller, philanthropist
                                                                                                                                    Stelios speaking at D&S 2013 3
                                                                                                                                    Stelios Haji-Ioannou, founder of easyJet
                                                                                                                                    Janet Napolitano, former US Secretary of Homeland Security
                                                                                                                                    B R Ambedkar, Indian politician
                                                                                                                                    Cherie Booth, barrister


                                                                                                                                    World leaders


                                                                                                                                    The Rt Hon Errol Walton Barrow (1920-1987) 
                                                                                                                                    BSc (Econ) 1950
                                                                                                                                    Prime minister 1962-1966; 1966-1976; 1986-1987


                                                                                                                                    Rt Hon Pierre Trudeau (1919-2000)
                                                                                                                                    Research Fee Student 1947-1948
                                                                                                                                    Prime minister 1968-1979; 1980-1984

                                                                                                                                    The Rt Hon Kim Campbell (b. 1947)
                                                                                                                                    PhD student 1973
                                                                                                                                    Prime minister June-November 1993

                                                                                                                                    Jacques Parizeau (b.1930)
                                                                                                                                    PhD student 1955
                                                                                                                                    Premier of Quebec 1994-1995


                                                                                                                                    Yang Jiechi (b. 1950)
                                                                                                                                    General Course 1975
                                                                                                                                    Tenth foreign minister of the People's Republic of China April 2007-


                                                                                                                                    Dr Pumarejo Alfonso Lopez
                                                                                                                                    Occasional Registration 1932-1933
                                                                                                                                    President 1934-1938, 1942-1945


                                                                                                                                    HM Queen Margrethe II (b. 1940)
                                                                                                                                    Occasional student 1965
                                                                                                                                    Queen 1972-


                                                                                                                                    The Hon Dame Eugenia Charles
                                                                                                                                    LLM 1949
                                                                                                                                    Prime minister 1980-1995


                                                                                                                                    The Rt Hon Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara (1920-2004)
                                                                                                                                    Diploma Econ & Social Admin 1962
                                                                                                                                    Prime minister 1970-1992; President 1994-2000


                                                                                                                                    Dr Kwame Nkrumah (1909-1972)
                                                                                                                                    PhD 1946
                                                                                                                                    First president 1960-1966

                                                                                                                                    Hon Dr Hilla Limann (1934-1998)
                                                                                                                                    BSc (Econ)
                                                                                                                                    1960 President 1979-1981

                                                                                                                                    John Atta Mills (b. 1944)
                                                                                                                                    LLM 1967-68
                                                                                                                                    President 2009


                                                                                                                                    George Papandreou (b.1952)
                                                                                                                                    MSc Sociology 1977
                                                                                                                                    Prime minister 2009-

                                                                                                                                    Dr Constantine Simitis (b. 1936)
                                                                                                                                    Research Fee Student 1961-1963
                                                                                                                                    Prime minister 1996-2004


                                                                                                                                    Shri KR Narayanan (1921-2005)
                                                                                                                                    BSc (Econ) 1945-1948
                                                                                                                                    President 1997-2002


                                                                                                                                    Moshe Sharett (1894 -1965)
                                                                                                                                    BSc (Econ) 1924
                                                                                                                                    Prime minister 1953-1955


                                                                                                                                    Professor Romano Prodi (b. 1939)
                                                                                                                                    Research Fee Student 1962-1963
                                                                                                                                    Prime minister 1996-1998; President of the European Commission 1999-2004;
                                                                                                                                    Prime minister 2006-2008


                                                                                                                                    The Rt Hon Michael Manley (1924 -1997)
                                                                                                                                    BSc (Econ) 1949
                                                                                                                                    Prime minister 1972-1980; 1989-1992

                                                                                                                                    The Rt Hon P J Patterson
                                                                                                                                    LLB 1963
                                                                                                                                    Premier 1992-2006


                                                                                                                                    Taro Aso (b.1940)
                                                                                                                                    Occasional Student 1966
                                                                                                                                    Minister for foreign affairs, 2005-07, Prime minister 2008-


                                                                                                                                    Jomo Kenyatta (1891-1978)
                                                                                                                                    ADA 1936
                                                                                                                                    First president 1964-1978

                                                                                                                                    Mwai Kibaki (b. 1931)
                                                                                                                                    BSc Economics 1959
                                                                                                                                    President 2002-


                                                                                                                                    Anote Tong (b.1952)
                                                                                                                                    MSc Sea-Use Group 1988
                                                                                                                                    President 2003-


                                                                                                                                    The Hon Sir Veerasamy Ringadoo (1920-2000)
                                                                                                                                    LLB 1948
                                                                                                                                    First president of Mauritius March-June 1992

                                                                                                                                    The Hon Dr Navinchandra Ramgoolam (b. 1947)
                                                                                                                                    LLB 1990
                                                                                                                                    Prime minister 1995-2000; 2005-


                                                                                                                                    Sher Bahadur Deuba (b. 1943)
                                                                                                                                    Research Student International Relations 1988-1989
                                                                                                                                    Prime minister 1995-1997; 2001-2003; 2004-2005


                                                                                                                                    Harmodio Arias (1886 -1962)
                                                                                                                                    Occasional Student, 1909-1911
                                                                                                                                    President 1932-1936 


                                                                                                                                    Pedro Gerardo Beltran Espanto (1897-1979)
                                                                                                                                    BSc (Econ) 1918
                                                                                                                                    Prime minister 1959-1961

                                                                                                                                    Beatriz Merino (b.1947)
                                                                                                                                    LLM 1972
                                                                                                                                    Prime minister 2003


                                                                                                                                    Marek Belka (b.1952)
                                                                                                                                    Summer School 1990
                                                                                                                                    Prime minister 2004-05


                                                                                                                                    Goh Keng Swee (b.1918)
                                                                                                                                    BSc Economics 1951; PhD Economics 1956
                                                                                                                                    Minister of finance; Minister of defence; Minister of education; Deputy prime minister 1959-84 

                                                                                                                                    St Lucia

                                                                                                                                    The Rt Hon John Compton (b.1926)
                                                                                                                                    LLB 1952
                                                                                                                                    Premier 1964-1979; Prime minister Feb-Jul 1979 & 1982-1996


                                                                                                                                    Yu Kuo-Hwa (1914-2000)
                                                                                                                                    Composition fee student 1947-1949
                                                                                                                                    Premier 1984-1989

                                                                                                                                    Tsai Ing-wen (b.1956)
                                                                                                                                    PhD Law 1984
                                                                                                                                    Vice-premier 2006-2007
                                                                                                                                    President 2016-


                                                                                                                                    Thanin Kraivichien (b.1927)
                                                                                                                                    LLB 1953
                                                                                                                                    Prime minister 1976-1977


                                                                                                                                    Lord Attlee (1883-1967)
                                                                                                                                    Lecturer in social science and administration, 1912-1923
                                                                                                                                    Prime minister, 1945-1951 

                                                                                                                                    Nobel Prize winners

                                                                                                                                    A total of 18 LSE alumni or staff members have been awarded Nobel Prizes. 

                                                                                                                                    2016: Juan Manuel Santos Caldron,  Nobel Peace Prize

                                                                                                                                    2016: Oliver Hart, Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences (jointly)

                                                                                                                                    2010: Christopher Pissarides, Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences (jointly)

                                                                                                                                    2008: Paul Krugman, Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences

                                                                                                                                    2007: Leonid Hurwicz, Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences (jointly)

                                                                                                                                    2001: George Akerlof, Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences (jointly)

                                                                                                                                    1999: Robert Mundell, Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences  

                                                                                                                                    1998: Amartya Sen, Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences

                                                                                                                                    1991: Ronald Coase, Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences

                                                                                                                                    1990: Merton Miller, Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences

                                                                                                                                    1979: Sir Arthur Lewis, Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences (jointly)

                                                                                                                                    1977: James Meade, Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences (jointly)

                                                                                                                                    1974: Friedrich von Hayek, Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences (jointly)

                                                                                                                                    1972: Sir John Hicks, Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences (jointly)

                                                                                                                                    1959: Lord Noel-Baker, Nobel Peace Prize

                                                                                                                                    1950: Ralph Bunche, Nobel Peace Prize

                                                                                                                                    1950: Bertrand Russell, Nobel Prize in Literature

                                                                                                                                    1925: George Bernard Shaw, Nobel Prize in Literature

                                                                                                                                    Women pioneers

                                                                                                                                    Women have always played a fundamental role at LSE. One of the School’s founders was a woman, LSE accepted female students from its earliest days and in 1903 awarded its first doctorates to two women (Alice E Murray on the history of commercial and financial relations between England and Ireland and Amy Harrison on the history of factory legislation).

                                                                                                                                    Here are a few of the women from the School’s history who have achieved significant ‘firsts’.

                                                                                                                                    Beatrice Potter Webb, a self-taught economist, socialist and reformer, was one of the co-founders of LSE in 1895. She was a pioneer of social research and policy-making, co-authoring books including ‘The History of Trade Unions’ and ‘Industrial Democracy’. One of her most important legacies was her work that called for the reform of the Poor Law system and established the foundation of the modern welfare state.

                                                                                                                                    Edith Abbott was the first American woman to be appointed the dean of a graduate school in the United States. She studied at LSE in the early 1900s and was influenced by Beatrice and Sidney Webb’s work in social reform. She became Dean of the Chicago School of Civics and Philanthropy in 1924.

                                                                                                                                    Ellen Marianne Leonard became the first female President of the LSE Students’ Union in 1907. She obtained a first class in the History Tripos at Girton College, Cambridge in 1888 and was awarded an LSE Research Studentship in 1896. She continued as a research student until 1910.

                                                                                                                                    Lilian Knowles became the first female Professor of Economic History in the country in 1921. As a research student at LSE, she gave lectures on ‘The Referendum’ and subsequently became a Lecturer in Economic History in 1903. She was a keen advocate of equal pay and employment rights.

                                                                                                                                    Enid Rosser Locket was one of the earliest female barristers in England. Having studied at Oxford University and the LSE, from 1921-1927 she was Secretary to the Advisory Committee to the Lord Chancellor. Subsequently she worked as a barrister in the south-eastern circuit and the Central Criminal Court.

                                                                                                                                    Audrey Richards was one of the first social anthropologists to carry out applied research in Africa. She read for the Natural Sciences Tripos at Newnham College, Cambridge in 1918-21 and then took up postgraduate study at LSE. She became a special lecturer in Colonial Studies at LSE from 1944-45 and continued as a Reader from 1946-50.