2006

Mr Peter Ackroyd CBE FRSL Hon DLitt
Novelist, biographer and poet

2012

Professor Susan Alcock MA PhD FBA FSA
Special Counsel for Institutional Outreach and Engagement; Professor of Classical Archaeology and Classics at the University of Michigan

2015

Professor K. Anthony Appiah PhD Hon LittD
Professor of Philosophy and Law, New York University, novelist and cultural theorist

1980

Sir David Attenborough OM CH CVO CBE FRS
Broadcaster and Naturalist

1992

Sir Nicholas Barrington KCMG CVO
High Commissioner to Pakistan, 1989-94

1989

Sir Walter Bodmer PhD FRS FRCPath
Human Geneticist. Head of Cancer & Immunogenetics Laboratory, Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford; Principal of Hertford College, Oxford, 1996-2005

2012

Professor Sir David Cannadine DPhil LittD FRHistS FBA FSA  FRSL
British author and historian specialising in modern history, Britain and the history of business and philanthropy; Dodge Professor of History, Princeton University; visiting professor of history at t Oxford University, and the editor of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

2012

The Right Reverend Vivienne Faull MA
Bishop of Bristol

1998

H.E. Fernando Henrique Cardoso, LLD
President of the Federative Republic of Brazil 1995-2002

2019

Professor Henry Louis ‘Skip’ Gates Jr BA MA PhD Hon LittD
American literary critic, professor, historian, and filmmaker; Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University

2017

Professor Sir Malcom Grant, CBE LLM LLD Hon LLD FAcSS
Barrister, academic lawyer, and former law professor; Chancellor of the University of York 2015-2022; Chairman of NHS England 2011-2018; President and Provost of UCL 2003-2013

2002

Professor Sir (Richard) Tim Hunt PhD FRS
Biochemist and Molecular Physiologist; Nobel Laureate 2001

2004

Professor Dame Frances Kirwan DBE DPhil FRS
British mathematician; Savilian Professor of Geometry at the University of Oxford

2017

Lord Robert Mair, CBE PhD Hon DSC FREng FRS
Emeritus Sir Kirby Laing Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of Research at the University of Cambridge; Head of the Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC); Master of Jesus College, Cambridge, 2001-2011

1990

Sir Roger Norrington, CBE
English conductor

2006

Mr Matthew Parris MA
Author, political commentator, broadcaster and journalist

2001

Dr John Milford Rutter CBE DMus Hon FGCM
Composer and conductor

1987

The Rt Revd Mark Santer MA
Bishop of Birmingham 1987-2002

2012

Sir Mark Walport  PhD FRCP FRCPath FMedSci FRS
Medical Scientist. Chief Executive, UK Research and Innovation 2017-2020; UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser 2013-2017; Director of the Wellcome Trust, 2003-2013

1967

Professor James Dewey Watson KBE ScD FRS
Molecular Biologist and geneticist; Nobel Laureate 1962

1997

Professor Sir Andrew Wiles KBE PhD FRS
Mathematician and number theorist. Royal Society Research Professor; Regius Professor of Mathematics, University of Oxford.

1994

Lord Williams of Oystermouth DPhil DD PC FBA
Theologian, Poet, Chancellor of the University of South Wales; Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, 2013-2020; Archbishop of Canterbury 2002-2012

1998

Lord Wilson of Dinton GCB
Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, 2002-2012; Cabinet Secretary & Head of the Home Civil Service, 1998-2002.