For the past 135 years, our pupils have helped shape the world.
England’s Jos Buttler, former King’s College student, during the fifth cricket test match at the Oval cricket ground, London – August 17, 2014
Nobel Prize winners, politicians, entrepreneurs, artists, musicians and theatrical stars have all emerged from King’s College, Taunton since our foundation 135 years ago. King’s College students follow a broad range of passions and have reached the top of their field in a huge variety of disciplines. Nearly 400 pupils have gone on to further study at Oxford or Cambridge Universities since 1945.
Professor Antony Hewish, Professor of Radio Astronomy at the University of Cambridge, won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1974. Professor Sir Lionel Whitby, CVO, MC, MD, DSc, LLD, FRCP was Physician to King George V and pioneer of the use of sulfonamides (a precursor of antibiotics).
Other prominent scientists have included Adrian Gibbs, a virologist who has contributed to more than 250 publications on the origins and evolution of viruses and is Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, Alastair Monro, former leading chemist with Pfizer and in international drug regulation, and Prof David Whitmarsh was a world authority on fisheries.
The school has produced two UK MPs, a Sierra Leone Minister and advisors to the Government of Hong Kong. Alumni have served in the British Council and diplomatic service. Currently, Stephen Evans is Assistant Secretary General at NATO.
Judges, Barristers and Lawyers
Leo Charles QC and Brian Farrer QC were both senior UK judges, while Charles Ching QC and Henry Litton CBE, QC have been Judges to the Court of Final Appeal in Hong Kong. Desmond Luke was the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Sierra Leone after a distinguished political career. Lo Tak Shing GBM, CBE, JP was a former president of The Law Society of Hong Kong.
Entrepreneurs and Financiers
We have many former pupils who have started their own companies or work in family businesses. Their worlds are diverse, from the Iranian brothers who are award-winning eco-architects in Canada, to a UK high street clothing retailer of classic British style.
Finance has been a popular choice of career, with the school providing successful stockbrokers and bankers. Victor Chu is the Chairman of the First Eastern Investment Group and a member of the Atlantic Council International Advisory Board.
Our international cricketers have played for England (Jos Buttler), New Zealand (Roger Twose) and the West Indies (FL Archer). There are currently 6 professionals at English club level. We have produced 2 international rugby players, 1 women’s hockey player and 3 top racehorse trainers.
Film Makers, Actors and Creative Artists
BAFTA winning Actress Juno Temple, is the latest in a long line of theatre and film actors, actresses and directors to win acclaim going back to the pioneering film star and director Arthur Holmes-Gore, a contemporary of Charlie Chaplin. Georgia Kacandes, the successful producer of Hugo and The Wolf of Wall Street is also an alumnus.
Julian Calder, professional photographer, chosen to take portraits of the Queen, first learnt his trade with us. Patrick Morris, BBC producer, director and writer; Richard Yeend, former Art Director for The New York Times; Rory Young, sculptor specialising in historically sympathetic pieces; script writers, music producers, rock band performers and opera stars; all these are among our list of creative artists whose foundation for career success was provided for them at King’s.