52 Notable alumni of
Swansea University

Swansea University is 881st in the world, 300th in Europe, and 63rd in the United Kingdom by aggregated alumni prominence. Below is the list of 52 notable alumni from Swansea University sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates and former students along with research and academic staff.

  1. Alun Wyn Jones

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    Alun Wyn Jones
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1985-.. (age 36)
    Occupations
    rugby union player
    Biography

    Alun Wyn Jones is a Welsh professional rugby union player who plays as a lock for the Ospreys and the Wales national team. He is the world's most-capped rugby union player, with 157 international appearances as of June 2021 - 148 for Wales and 9 for the British and Irish Lions.

  2. Jason Mohammad

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    Jason Mohammad
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1975-.. (age 46)
    Occupations
    television presenterjournalist
    Biography

    Jason Mohammad is a Welsh radio and television presenter currently working for the BBC. He is the current host of Final Score on BBC One on Saturday afternoons.

  3. Nigel Evans

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    Nigel Evans
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1957-.. (age 64)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Nigel Martin Evans is a British politician serving as the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Ribble Valley constituency in Lancashire since 1992. A member of the Conservative Party, he was Joint Executive Secretary of the 1922 Committee from 2017 to 2019. He served as First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means, one of the Speaker's three deputies, from 2010 to 2013. He was elected as Second Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means in 2020.

  4. Nicky Wire

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    Nicky Wire
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1969-.. (age 52)
    Occupations
    singersongwriterpianist
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    Nicholas Allen Jones, known as Nicky Wire, is the Welsh lyricist, bassist and occasional vocalist with the Welsh alternative rock band Manic Street Preachers.

  5. Alan Cox

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    Alan Cox
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1968-.. (age 53)
    Occupations
    programmerbloggercomputer scientist
    Biography

    Alan Cox is a British computer programmer who has been a key figure in the development of Linux. He maintained the 2.2 branch of the Linux kernel and continues to be heavily involved in the development of the Linux kernel, an association that dates back to 1991. He lives in Swansea, Wales, where he lived with his wife Telsa Gwynne, who died in 2015 and now lives with author Tara Neale, who he married in 2020. He graduated with a BSc in Computer Science from Swansea University in 1991 and received an MBA from the same university in 2005.

  6. Caroline Dinenage

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    Caroline Dinenage
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1971-.. (age 50)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Caroline Julia Dinenage, Baroness Lancaster of Kimbolton is a British Conservative Party politician who has served as Member of Parliament (MP) for Gosport since the 2010 general election.

  7. Siân James

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    Siân James
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1959-.. (age 62)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Siân Catherine James is a Welsh Labour Party politician, who was Member of Parliament (MP) for Swansea East from 2005 to 2015.

  8. Marvin Rees

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    Marvin Rees
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1972-.. (age 49)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Marvin Rees is a British Labour Party politician who has served as the mayor of Bristol since 2016.

  9. Rhys Priestland

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    Rhys Priestland
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1987-.. (age 34)
    Occupations
    rugby union player
    Biography

    Rhys Priestland is a Welsh international rugby union player who primarily plays as a fly-half, but is also capable of playing at full-back. He attended Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bro Myrddin in Carmarthen, and he is a fluent Welsh speaker.

  10. Rob Howley

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    Rob Howley
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1970-.. (age 51)
    Occupations
    rugby union playerrugby union coach
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    Robert Howley is a Welsh rugby union former player and coach. As a player he gained 59 caps for Wales, 22 of them as captain. He was part of the Wales coaching team for many years.

  11. Mat Johnson

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    Mat Johnson
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1970-.. (age 51)
    Occupations
    novelistcomics writer
    Biography

    Mat Johnson is an American fiction writer who works in both prose and the comics format. In 2007, he was named the first USA James Baldwin Fellow by United States Artists.

  12. Ian Bone

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    Ian Bone
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1947-.. (age 74)
    Biography

    Ian David Bone is an English anarchist and an active publisher of anarchist newspapers and tabloids, such as Class War and The Bristolian. He has been involved in social campaigns since the 1960s, including the 2001 "Vote Nobody" election campaign.

  13. Colin Pillinger

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    Colin Pillinger
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1943-2014 (aged 71)
    Occupations
    astronomerchemistuniversity teacher
    Biography

    Colin Trevor Pillinger, was an English planetary scientist. He was a founding member of the Planetary and Space Sciences Research Institute at Open University in Milton Keynes, he was also the principal investigator for the British Beagle 2 Mars lander project, and worked on a group of Martian meteorites.

  14. Anne Boden

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    Anne Boden
    Years
    1960-.. (age 61)
    Occupations
    banker
    Biography

    Anne Elizabeth Boden is a Welsh tech entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of Starling Bank, a UK mobile-only bank. In 2018, she received an MBE for services to financial technology.

  15. Dwayne Peel

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    Dwayne Peel
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1981-.. (age 40)
    Occupations
    rugby union player
    Biography

    Dwayne John Peel is a former Welsh rugby union player. He was the most capped scrum-half for the Wales national rugby union team with 76 caps, until his record was surpassed by Mike Phillips on 16 March 2013.

  16. John Meurig Thomas

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    John Meurig Thomas
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1932-.. (age 89)
    Occupations
    chemistuniversity teacheracademic
    Biography

    Sir John Meurig Thomas, also known as JMT, was a British scientist, educator, university administrator, and historian of science primarily known for his work on heterogeneous catalysis, solid-state chemistry, and surface and materials science.

  17. Eleanor A. Maguire

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    Eleanor A. Maguire
    Born in
    Ireland Flag Ireland
    Years
    1970-.. (age 51)
    Occupations
    neuroscientistneurologist
    Biography

    Eleanor Anne Maguire is an Irish neuroscientist. Since 2007, she has been Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London where she is also a Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow.

  18. Andy Hopper

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    Andy Hopper
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    Poland Flag Poland
    Years
    1953-.. (age 68)
    Occupations
    computer scientistbusinessperson
    Biography

    Sir Andrew Hopper is a British-Polish Computer Technologist and entrepreneur. He is Treasurer and Vice-President of the Royal Society, Professor of Computer Technology, former Head of the University of Cambridge Department of Computer Science and Technology, an Honorary Fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

  19. Rod Richards

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    Rod Richards
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1947-2019 (aged 72)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Roderick Richards was a British politician. He was a Conservative before joining UKIP in 2013. He was the Conservative Member of Parliament for Clwyd North West, in Wales, from 1992 to 1997, when he lost his seat in the Labour Party landslide. He was also the first Leader of the Welsh Conservatives in 1999, after being elected as an Assembly Member for North Wales.

  20. Carolyn Harris

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    Carolyn Harris
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1960-.. (age 61)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Carolyn Harris is a Welsh Labour Party politician serving as the Deputy Leader of Welsh Labour since 2018, and the Member of Parliament (MP) for Swansea East since 2015. Harris was the Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Labour leader Keir Starmer from 2020 until her resignation in 2021, and sat on the Official Opposition frontbench under Jeremy Corbyn as a shadow Home Office minister from 2016 to 2020.

  21. Mark Tami

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    Mark Tami
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1962-.. (age 59)
    Occupations
    politiciantrade unionist
    Biography

    Mark Richard Tami is a Welsh Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Alyn and Deeside since 2001.

  22. Wayne David

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    Wayne David
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1957-.. (age 64)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Wayne David MP is a British Labour Party politician, who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Caerphilly since 2001. He was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Wales Office from 2008 to 2010. He was appointed Shadow Europe Minister in 2010, Shadow Minister for Political and Constitutional Reform in 2011 and as Ed Miliband's Parliamentary Private Secretary in October 2013.

  23. Fred Wedlock

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    Fred Wedlock
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1942-2010 (aged 68)
    Occupations
    songwriter
    Biography

    Fred Wedlock was an English folk singer best known for his UK hit single "The Oldest Swinger In Town", which was covered by German comedian Karl Dall as "Der älteste Popper der Stadt". He performed at many venues in Britain and Europe, presented programmes for West Country TV and acted with the Bristol Old Vic, as well as undertaking after-dinner speaking engagements.

  24. Paul Pindar

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    Paul Pindar
    Years
    1959-.. (age 62)
    Occupations
    businessperson
    Biography

    Paul Richard Martin Pindar is an English businessman. He is best known for his 23-year tenure as managing director and chief executive of Capita plc, a provider of business process outsourcing (BPO) services in the UK.

  25. Lorely Burt

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    Lorely Burt
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1954-.. (age 67)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Lorely Jane Burt, Baroness Burt of Solihull is a British politician, who was the Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Solihull from 2005 to 2015. She was nominated for a life peerage in the 2015 Dissolution Honours.

  26. Lyn Evans

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    Lyn Evans
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1945-.. (age 76)
    Occupations
    physicist
    Biography

    Lyn Evans CBE, is a Welsh scientist who served as the project leader of the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. Based at CERN, in 2012 he became the director of the Linear Collider Collaboration, an international organisation managing development of next generation particle colliders, including the International Linear Collider and the Compact Linear Collider.

  27. Donald Anderson, Baron Anderson of Swansea

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    Donald Anderson, Baron Anderson of Swansea
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1939-.. (age 82)
    Occupations
    politicianlawyer
    Biography

    Donald Anderson, Baron Anderson of Swansea is a Welsh Labour politician, who was one of the longest-serving Members of Parliament in recent years, his service totalling 34 years. Since 2005, he has served as a Labour peer in the House of Lords.

  28. Sue Austin

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    Sue Austin
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1965-.. (age 56)
    Occupations
    artist
    Biography

    Susan Felicity Austin is a British disabled artist working in multimedia, performance and installation. Austin is best known for her work "Creating the Spectacle!" in which she uses a specially modified wheelchair to move underwater, using scuba diving equipment; it was performed as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Austin's underwater wheelchair has been seen by more than 150 million people worldwide. Austin lives in Devon, south west England.

  29. Sir John Williams, 1st Baronet, of the City of London

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    Sir John Williams, 1st Baronet, of the City of London
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1840-1926 (aged 86)
    Occupations
    physicianobstetricianlibrarian
    Biography

    Sir John Williams, 1st Baronet, was a Welsh physician, who attended Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom and was raised to the baronetcy by her in 1894. He is remembered chiefly for his contribution to the collection of the National Library of Wales. He resided for part of his life at Plas Llanstephan, Carmarthenshire, a house he acquired by lease.

  30. Sylvia Heal

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    Sylvia Heal
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1942-.. (age 79)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Sylvia Lloyd Heal is a British Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Halesowen and Rowley Regis from 1997 to 2010, having previously been the MP for Mid Staffordshire from 1990 to 1992. She served as the First Deputy Chairman of Ways and Means and a Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons from 2000 until she stood down from Parliament in 2010.

  31. Bruce George

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    Bruce George
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1942-2020 (aged 78)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Bruce Thomas George was a British Labour Party politician, who served as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Walsall South from February 1974 until 2010.

  32. Huw Bennett

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    Huw Bennett
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1983-.. (age 38)
    Occupations
    rugby union player
    Biography

    Huw Bennett is a former Wales international rugby union hooker, who played most of his rugby career for the Ospreys.

  33. Beth Winter

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    Beth Winter
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1974-.. (age 47)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Bethan Winter is a Welsh Labour Party politician. She has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Cynon Valley since the 2019 general election.

  34. Derek Vaughan

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    Derek Vaughan
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1961-.. (age 60)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Derek Vaughan is a Welsh politician who served as a Labour Party Member of the European Parliament for Wales between 2009 and 2019.

  35. Paul Dolan

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    Paul Dolan
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1968-.. (age 53)
    Occupations
    university teachersocial scientist
    Biography

    Paul Dolan, is Professor of Behavioural Science in the Department in Psychological and Behavioural Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is Director of the Executive MSc in Behavioural Science which began in September 2014. Dolan conducts research on the measurement of happiness, its causes and consequences, and the implications for public policy, publishing in both scholarly and popular outlets. He has previously held academic posts at York, Newcastle, Sheffield and Imperial and he has been a visiting scholar at Princeton University. He is the author of two popular press books: Happiness by Design and Happy Ever After and the creator and presenter of the Duck-Rabbit podcast.

  36. Ana Toni

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    Ana Toni
    Occupations
    manager
    Biography

    Ana Toni is a non-profit director, consultant, and grantmaker. She is a partner in the consulting company Public Interest Management. She served as the first Executive Director of ActionAid Brazil, and was the Ford Foundation's representative in Brazil in the 2000s. As of 2011, she is the Chair of the Board of Greenpeace International and serves on the board of the new Baobá Fund for Racial Equity. In July 2013 Toni was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation and left it in August the next year. She lives in Rio de Janeiro.

  37. Nick Talbot

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    Nick Talbot
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1965-.. (age 56)
    Occupations
    geneticist
    Biography

    Nicholas José Talbot FRS FRSB is Group Leader and Executive Director at The Sainsbury Laboratory in Norwich.

  38. Peter Black

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    Peter Black
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1960-.. (age 61)
    Occupations
    politicianblogger
    Biography

    Peter Malcolm Black is a Welsh Liberal Democrat politician, and was a Member of the Welsh Assembly for the South Wales West Region between 1999 and 2016.

  39. John McFall

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    John McFall
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1981-.. (age 40)
    Occupations
    athletics competitor
    Biography

    John McFall is a British Paralympic sprinter. In 2000, when he was 19 years old, his right leg was amputated above the knee following a serious motorcycle accident. He took up running again after being fitted with a prosthesis, and participated in his first race in 2004. The following year, he was selected to represent Great Britain at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) European Championships, and took the bronze medal in the 200 metres (sport class T42).

  40. Christine James

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    Christine James
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1954-.. (age 67)
    Occupations
    poetwritererudite
    Biography

    Christine James is a Welsh poet and academic. She served as the first female Archdruid of Wales from June 2013 until June 2016. She first presided over the ceremonies at the National Eisteddfod in the 2013 Eisteddfod in Denbigh. Like all holders, she qualified by winning a major literary prize at a previous National Eisteddfod. She was elected Cofiadur (Recorder) of the Gorsedd of Bards at the National Eisteddfod in 2017, again as the first woman to hold the post. She is a recipient of the Wales Book of the Year.

  41. Joyce Watson

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    Joyce Watson
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1955-.. (age 66)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Elizabeth Joyce Watson is a Welsh Labour politician who has been a Member of the Senedd (MS) for Mid and West Wales since 2007.

  42. Mike Hedges

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    Mike Hedges
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1956-.. (age 65)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Michael John Hedges MS is a Welsh Labour politician, who been the Member of the Senedd (MS) for the constituency of Swansea East since the 2011 Senedd election.

  43. Heather Koldewey

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    Heather Koldewey
    Occupations
    marine biologist
    Biography

    Heather Koldewey is the co-founder of Project Seahorse and head of marine and freshwater for the Zoological Society of London-London Zoo Aquarium. She additionally serves as an honorary professor for University of Exeter and a National Geographic explorer. Her research interests focus on marine and freshwater conservation, seahorse biology and genetics, and the impact of the aquarium trade on wild populations of fish and aquatic invertebrates.

  44. Ben Pickering

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    Ben Pickering
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1979-.. (age 42)
    Occupations
    film directorfilm producer
    Biography

    Ben Pickering is a London-born filmmaker and novelist. He is best known for directing the crime thrillers Two Days in the Smoke and Welcome to Curiosity, producing the political thriller Election Night and for his dystopian alternative history novel Freiheit.

  45. Eugenio Oñate Ibañez de Navarra

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    Eugenio Oñate Ibañez de Navarra
    Born in
    Spain Flag Spain
    Years
    1953-.. (age 68)
    Occupations
    engineermathematician
    Biography

    Eugenio Oñate Ibañez de Navarra, often referred as Eugenio Onãte, is a Spanish engineer who works in computational mechanics.

  46. Jonathan Elphick

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    Jonathan Elphick
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1945-.. (age 76)
    Occupations
    writerornithologist
    Biography

    Jonathan Elphick is a natural history author, editor and consultant. He is an eminent ornithologist, a qualified zoologist; Fellow of the Zoological Society of London and a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London. He is author of The Birdwatcher's Handbook: A Guide to the Birds of Britain and Ireland; Birds: The Art of Ornithology and The Natural History Museum Atlas of Bird Migration: Tracing the Great Journeys of the World's Birds, which received Bird Watching Magazine's 'Best Bird Reference Book of the Year'; as well as co-author of the Encyclopedia of Animals; the RSPB Pocket Birds; A Unique Photographic Guide to the Birds of Britain and Europe with Jonathan Woodward and The National Parks and other Wild Places of Britain and Ireland, with photography by David Tipling.

  47. Hasan Tavanayan Fard

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    Hasan Tavanayan Fard
    Born in
    Iran Flag Iran
    Years
    1943-2015 (aged 72)
    Occupations
    economist
    Biography

    Hasan Tavanayan Fard was an Iranian economist, author and poet.

  48. Khalida Inayat Noor

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    Khalida Inayat Noor
    Born in
    Pakistan Flag Pakistan
    Years
    20th Century
    Occupations
    mathematician
    Biography

    Khalida Inayat Noor is a Pakistani mathematician who was awarded with Pride of Performance award by the President of Pakistan in 2011. Her research topics include mathematical analysis, variational inequalities, and integral operators.

  49. Val Lloyd

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    Val Lloyd
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1943-.. (age 78)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Valerie "Val" Lloyd is a Welsh Labour politician. She represented the constituency of Swansea East at the National Assembly for Wales from 2001 to 2011.

  50. Ieuan Maddock

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    Ieuan Maddock
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1917-1988 (aged 71)
    Occupations
    scientistnuclear physicist
    Biography

    Sir Ieuan Maddock CB, OBE, FRS was a Welsh scientist and nuclear researcher. He played a role in the nuclear weapons tests in Australia in the 1950s and the 1973 Partial Test-Ban treaty.

  51. Marcus Wyatt

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    Marcus Wyatt
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1991-.. (age 30)
    Occupations
    skeleton racer
    Biography

    Marcus Wyatt is a British skeleton racer who represents the United Kingdom in the Men's Singles event in the Skeleton World Cup. He finished in the sixth position in the final standing of the 2018-19 Skeleton World Cup. For the 2019–20 Skeleton World Cup Wyatt finished in 8th place in the final standings.

  52. Charitha Pattiaratchi

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    Charitha Pattiaratchi
    Born in
    Sri Lanka Flag Sri Lanka
    Enrolled in Swansea University
    1981-1985 graduated with Doctor of Philosophy
    Occupations
    researcher
    Biography

    Charitha Pattiaratchi is a Winthrop Professor of coastal oceanography at the University of Western Australia. He leads the UWA Coastal Oceanography Group. and the IMOS Australian National Facility for Ocean Gliders. He has played an active role in reaserach related in understanding climate change effects in the regions of coastal Western Australia and specifically in terms wind and wave climate, ocean currents, coastal flooding, sea level variability and beach stability. The research programs he has developed involves ocean observation integration, numerical modelling and synthesis to define the role of physical processes in pathways of water and sediment (including morphological changes) weather and climate and ecosystem in the coastal ocean and the adjacent deep ocean.