Fields Medal
Fields Medal
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Award winners

Nobel Prize winners

Nobel Prizes are awarded annually in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature, peace and economics.


John B GoodenoughAcademic staff2019Head of Inorganic Chemistry, 1976-86; Honorary Fellow, St Catherine's, 2010-2023
M Stanley WhittinghamNew 2019 
Professor Robert H Grubbs
Academic staff2005Christensen Visiting Fellow, St Catherine's, 1997
Ahmed Zewail
Academic staff1999Christensen Visiting Fellow, St Catherine's and Hinshelwood Lecturer, 1991-92
Sir John Walker St Catherine's1997 
Sir John Cornforth St Catherine's1975  
Robert Mulliken Academic staff  1966Fullbright Scholar and Visiting Fellow, St John's 1952-54 
Dorothy Hodgkin Somerville1964Fellow, Somerville, 1935-46; Lecturer, 1946-56; Reader in X-ray Crystallography, 1956-60; Wolfson Research Professor, 1960-77; Fellow, Wolfson, 1977-83
Sir Alexander ToddOriel1957 
Sir Cyril Hinshelwood
Balliol1956Tutor, Trinity, 1921-37; Dr Lee's Professor of Chemistry 1937-64
Linus Pauling Academic staff1954George Eastman Visiting Professor and Fellow of Balliol, 1948
Sir Robert Robinson
Academic staff  1947Waynflete Professor of Chemistry; Fellow of Magdalen, 1930-55
Frederick SoddyMerton1921Dr Lee's Professor of Chemistry, 1919-37


A Michael Spence Magdalen  2001Rhodes Scholar
Joseph E Stiglitz
Academic staff2001Drummond Professor of Political Economy; Fellow of All Souls, 1976-79; Visiting Fellow, St Catherine’s, 1973-74
Amartya Sen
Academic staff  1998 Fellow of Nuffield, 1977-80; Drummond Professor of Political Economy and Fellow of All Souls 1980-88 
Sir James Mirrlees  Academic staff  1996 Edgeworth Professor of Economics; Fellow of Nuffield, 1968-95 
Robert Solow
Academic staff  1987 George Eastman Visiting Professor; Fellow of Balliol, 1968-69 
Lawrence Klein  Lincoln  1980  
James E Meade
Oriel  1977  
Gunnar Myrdal
Academic staff  1974 Fellow of Balliol, 1959 
Sir John Hicks
Balliol  1972 Fellow, Nuffield, 1946-52; Drummond Professor of Political Economy 1952-65; Research Fellow, All Souls, 1965-71 


Sir VS NaipaulUniversity2001  
Seamus Heaney Academic staff1995 Professor of Poetry 1989-94 
William GoldingBrasenose1983  
T S Eliot Merton1948  
John Galsworthy New1932 


Sir Peter J RatcliffeAcademic staff2019

Director of the Target Discovery Institute in the Nuffield Department of Medicine, 2016 - present; Professor of Medicine; Head of the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine, 2004 - 2016

Sir John GurdonChrist Church2012Assistant Lecturer in Zoology, Department of Zoology, 1962-71
Oliver SmithiesBalliol2007  
Sydney Brenner Exeter2002  
Sir Paul Nurse
Academic staff 2001 Iveagh Professor of Microbiology; Fellow, Linacre, 1987-91 
Sir John Vane
St Catherine's1982  
Baruch S Blumberg
Balliol  1976 Master of Balliol, 1989-94 
Nikolas Tinbergen
Academic staff  1973 Fellow of Merton, 1950-66; Professor of Animal Behaviour 1966-76 
Rodney Porter
Academic staff  1972 Whitley Professor of Biochemistry; Fellow of Trinity, 1967-85 
Ragnar GranitAcademic staff 1967Visiting Fellow, St Catherine's, 1967
Sir John Eccles
Magdalen  1963 Rhodes Scholar. Staines Medical Fellowship, Exeter College; Tutorial Fellowship, Magdalen College; University Demonstrator, 1934-37 
Sir Peter Medawar
Magdalen  1960 Fellow, Magdalen, 1938-44; Senior Research Fellow, St John's and Demonstrator in Zoology and Comparative Anatomy, 1944-46 
Severo Ochoa  Academic staff  1959 Demonstrator and Nuffield Research Assistant 1938-41 
George Wells Beadle
Academic staff  1958 George Eastman Visiting Professor and Fellow of Balliol, 1958 
Sir Ernest Chain  Academic staff  1945 Lecturer in Chemical Pathology; Fellow of University College, 1936-48   
Lord (Howard) Florey
Magdalen  1945 Rhodes Scholar. Professor of Pathology 1935-62; Provost of The Queen's College, 1962-68 
Sir Charles Sherrington
Academic staff  1932 Waynflete Professor of Physiology; Fellow of Magdalen, 1913-36 


José Ramos-Horta Academic staff1996 Senior Associate Member, St Antony's, 1987 
Aung Sang Suu Kyi St Hugh's1991  
Linus Pauling Academic staff1962 George Eastman Visiting Professor 1948 
Lester B Pearson St John's1957  
Viscount Cecil of ChelwoodUniversity1937  


Prof Sir R Penrose FRSAcademic staff2020Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics (1999 – present) and Emeritus Fellow, Wadham College
J Michael KosterlitzBrasenose2016 
Anthony J Leggett Balliol, Merton, Magdalen2003Fellow, Magdalen, 1963-67 
Norman Ramsey
Academic  staff1989 John Simon Guggenheim Fellow 1953-54, George Eastman Visiting Professor 1973-74 
John H Van Vleck
Academic  staff1977 George Eastman Visiting Professor 1961-62 
Sir Martin Ryle
Christ Church1974  
Erwin Schrödinger
Academic  staff1933 Fellow of Magdalen, 1933-36 

* Colleges are listed for those Laureates who studied at Oxford.

Excluded from this list are those Nobel Laureates whose only connection with Oxford is that they were awarded an honorary degree by the University, and those Laureates who came to Oxford after receiving their Nobel prize.

Fields Medal Winners

The Fields Medals recognise existing work and the promise of future achievement in mathematicians under the age of forty. Oxford recipients include:

James MaynardProfessor of Number Theory at the Mathematical Institute and Fellow of St John's College, 2018-present 2022
Simon DonaldsonWallis Professor of Mathematics and Fellow of St Anne's College, 1985-981986
Daniel QuillenWaynflete Professor of Pure Mathematics and Fellow of Magdalen College, 1985-20061978
Sir Michael AtiyahSavilian Professor of Geometry and Fellow of New College, 1963-69
Royal Society Research Professor and Professorial Fellow, St Catherine's College, 1973­-90

Balzan Prize Winners

The interdisciplinary Balzan Prizes are awarded annually by the International Balzan Foundation. Oxford recipients include:

Reinhard StrohmEmeritus Professor of Music (Professor of Music 1996-2010) and Emeritus Fellow of Wadham College2012
Joseph SilkFellow of New College and Savilian Professor of Astronomy 1999-20102011
Terence CaveEmeritus Research Fellow, St John's College and former Professor of French Literature 1989-20012009
Martin WestSenior Research Fellow, All Souls College2000
Sir John ElliottRegius Professor Emeritus and Honorary Fellow of Oriel College1999
Lord MayRoyal Society Research Professor in Zoology and Fellow of Merton College1998
Sir Richard SouthernPresident of St John's 1969-811987
Jerome BrunerWatts Professor of Psychology and Fellow of Wolfson College, 1972-801987
Sir Ernst GombrichSlade Professor of Fine Art, 1950-531985

Rolf Schock Prize Winners

The Rolf Schock prizes are awarded biennially in the fields of logic and philosophy, mathematics, the visual arts and music. Oxford recipients include:

Jonathan Pila Wolfson 2022MathematicsReader in Mathematical Logic
Derek ParfitBalliol2014Logic and PhilosophyEmeritus Fellow, All Souls College (Senior Research Fellow, 1984-2010; Research Fellow, 1981-1984; Junior Research Fellow, 1974-1981; Prize Fellow, 1967-1974)
Thomas Nagel Corpus Christi2008Logic and Philosophy 
John Rawls Christ Church1999Logic and Philosophy 
Dana S ScottAcademic staff1997Logic and PhilosophyProfessor of Mathematical Logic; Fellow of Merton College 1972-81
Sir Michael DummettChrist Church1995Logic and PhilosophyReader in the Philosophy of Mathematics, 1962-74; Fellow, All Souls 1950-79; Wykeham Professor of Logic and Fellow, New College, 1979-92
Sir Andrew WilesMerton1995MathematicsRoyal Society Research Professor in Maths; Professorial Fellow at Merton College, 1988-90
Willard V QuineAcademic staff1993Logic and PhilosophyGeorge Eastman Visiting Professor and Fellow of Balliol, 1953-54

Excluded from this list are those Schock Laureates whose only connection with Oxford is that they were awarded an honorary degree by the University.

Abel Prize Winners

The Abel prizes are awarded annually, and recognizes contributions to the field of mathematics that are of extraordinary depth and influence. Oxford recipients include:

Sir Andrew WilesRoyal Society Research Professor in Maths; Professorial Fellow at Merton College, 1988-902016
Sir Michael AtiyahWallis Professor of Mathematics and Fellow of St Anne's College, 1985-982004