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Wolfson College
Front of the college
Wolfson College Oxford Coat Of Arms (Motto).svg
Blazon: Per pale gules and or on a chevron between three roses and two pears all countercharged the roses barbed and seeded proper.
University Oxford
Location Linton Road, Oxford
Coordinates 51°46′16″N 1°15′19″W / 51.770977°N 1.255263°W / 51.770977; -1.255263
Motto Humani nil alienum (Homo sum, humani nil alienum a me puto)
Established 1965
Named for Sir Isaac Wolfson
Previous names Iffley College
Sister college Darwin College, Cambridge
President Sir Tim Hitchens
Undergraduates none (graduate-only college)
Postgraduates 614 (2008)
Boat club Wolfson College Boat Club
Wolfson College, Oxford is located in Oxford
Wolfson College, Oxford
Location in Oxford

Wolfson College is a constituent college of the University of Oxford in England. Located in north Oxford along the River Cherwell, Wolfson is an all-graduate college with over sixty governing body fellows, in addition to both research and junior research fellows. It caters to a wide range of subjects, from the humanities to the social and natural sciences. Like the majority of Oxford's newer colleges, it has been coeducational since its foundation in 1965.

The liberal philosopher Sir Isaiah Berlin was the college's first president, and was instrumental not only in its founding, but establishing its tradition of academic excellence and egalitarianism. The college houses The Isaiah Berlin Literary Trust and the annual Isaiah Berlin Lecture. The current president of the college is Tim Hitchens.

As of 2020, the college had a financial endowment of £50.7 million.

Notable people associated with Wolfson

Wolfson is associated with a number of prominent individuals. These include former students, Fellows of the college and past presidents including two Nobel Prize winners. As Wolfson is a graduate-only college, most students will have been associated with another college or institution, before coming to study at Wolfson for a Masters or DPhil degree.

Notable alumni

In the sciences, alumni of the college include the human geneticist Dame Kay Davies, the astronomer and Caltech professor Richard Ellis, and mathematician James R. Norris. Entrepreneurs include Reid Hoffman, who was the co-founder and executive chairman of LinkedIn.



Notable current and former fellows of the college include: William Bradshaw, Baron Bradshaw, Member of the House of Lords; Anthony Epstein, discoverer of the Epstein–Barr virus; Steven Schwartz, Vice Chancellor of Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia; Denis Mack Smith, historian at Oxford; Niko Tinbergen, Dutch ethologist and recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine; and Dorothy Hodgkin, winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

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