Saturday, May 14, 2011

Britain's top 300 intellectuals

The Observer,
 (Source)

[background (source):
I (John Naughton) tried a different tack by analysing the lists of contributors to serious English-language print or online publications (including the London Review of Books, the New York Review of Books, major broadsheet newspapers, some widely read blogs and other sources), looking for British thinkers. I then added to these the names of British intellectuals drawn from earlier surveys by Prospect and Posner. The result was a list of just over 300 people (grouped by their primary profession) whose ideas are deemed worthy of public attention by the gatekeepers of the publications I surveyed. ]

John Naughton's suggested list of public figures leading our cultural discourse, broken down by profession.

[My remark. There are exactly 300 names in the list. Not being a UK resident, I have not encountered most of the journalists/editors and critics listed. As a gauge of the state of my knowledge, I am acquainted with 98 names out of the 300.]



ACADEMICS (10)


Gillian Beer
John Carey
Stefan Collini
Terry Eagleton
Lawrence Freedman
Caroline Humphrey
Hermione Lee
John Mullan
John Sutherland
Michael Wood

ACTIVISTS (2)

Tariq Ali
George Monbiot

AUTHORS (54)

Martin Amis
Julian Barnes
Brigid Brophy
AS Byatt
John Cornwell
Margaret Drabble
Elaine Feinstein
Sean French
Nicci Gerrard
Germaine Greer
Jeremy Harding
Alan Hollinghurst
Richard Holmes
Michael Holroyd
Martin Jacques
AL Kennedy
Hari Kunzru
Hanif Kureishi
John Lanchester
Charlie Leadbeater
Doris Lessing
Anatol Lieven
Penelope Lively
David Lodge
Hilary Mantel
Ian McEwan
Blake Morrison
Nicholas Mosley
VS Naipaul
Tom Nairn
Andrew O'Hagan
Tim Parks
Philip Pullman
Jonathan Raban
Matt Ridley
Salman Rushdie
Malise Ruthven
Ziauddin Sardar
Will Self
Nicholas Shakespeare
Lionel Shriver
Gitta Sereny
Simon Singh
Zadie Smith
Francis Spufford
Raymond Tallis
Paul Theroux
Colm Toibin
Claire Tomalin
Jenny Uglow
Marina Warner
Fay Weldon
AN Wilson
Jeanette Winterson


CLASSICISTS (2)

Mary Beard
Helen King

CRITICS (33)

Rosemary Ashton
Melissa Bennett
John Berger
Michael Billington
Rachel Bowlby
Marilyn Butler
Anne Carson
Susannah Clapp
Patricia Craig
Valentine Cunningham
Gillian Darley
Rosemary Dinnage
Jenny Diski
Geoff Dyer
William Feaver
Philip French
Kitty Hauser
Clive James
Waldemar Januszczak
Charles Jencks
Gabriel Josipovici
Martin Kemp
Declan Kiberd
Anthony Lane
Mark Lawson
Alison Light
Colin MacCabe
Robert Macfarlane
Karl Miller
Christopher Ricks
Frances Spalding
George Steiner
James Wood

ECONOMISTS (10)

Ha-Joon Chang
Diane Coyle
Partha Dasgupta
Howard Davies
Noreena Hertz
John Kay
Mervyn King
Richard Layard
Amartya Sen
Robert Skidelsky

HISTORIANS (42)

Perry Anderson
Anthony Beevor
Maxine Berg
Miranda Carter
David Cannadine
Peter Clarke
Linda Colley
Martin Daunton
Ruth Dudley-Edwards
Eamon Duffy
Richard J Evans
Niall Ferguson
Orlando Figes
Sheila Fitzpatrick
Roy Foster
Antonia Fraser
Timothy Garton Ash
Martin Gilbert
Peter Hennessy
Rosemary Hill
Boyd Hilton
Eric Hobsbawm
Tristram Hunt
Lisa Jardine
John Keegan
Noel Malcolm
Neil McKendrick
Ross McKibbin
Margaret MacMillan
Noel Malcolm
Keith Middlemas
Richard Overy
David Reynolds
Simon Schama
Brendan Simms
Quentin Skinner
Gavin Stamp
David Starkey
Jonathan Steinberg
Norman Stone
Charles Townshend
Theodore Zeldin


JOURNALISTS/EDITORS (61)

Bryan Appleyard
Neal Ascherson
Jackie Ashley
Christopher Booker
Melvyn Bragg
Victoria Brittain
Samuel Brittan
Madeleine Bunting
Ian Buruma
Christopher Caldwell
Beatrix Campbell
Alexander Cockburn
Matthew D'Ancona
Matthew Engel
Daniel Finkelstein
Robert Fisk
Jonathan Freedland
John Gapper
Misha Glenny
Ben Goldacre
Robert Harris
Max Hastings
Simon Heffer
Zoe Heller
Isabel Hilton
Christopher Hitchens
Peter Hitchens
Will Hutton
Marina Hyde
Ian Jack
Simon Jenkins
Liz Jobey
Paul Johnson
Anatole Kaletsky
Martin Kettle
John Lloyd
Bronwen Maddox
Andrew Marr
Paul Mason
Seamus Milne
Charles Moore
Suzanne Moore
Caroline Moorehead
Ferdinand Mount
Fintan O'Toole
Robert Peston
Melanie Phillips
Gideon Rachman
Andrew Rawnsley
Mary Riddell
Peter Riddell
Alan Rusbridger
Karl Sabbagh
Robert Shrimsley
Andrew Sullivan
Gillian Tett
Polly Toynbee
Geoffrey Wheatcroft
Mary-Kay Wilmers
Martin Wolf
Francis Wyndham

LAWYERS (9)

Clive Anderson
Conor Gearty
Anthony Julius
Helena Kennedy
Michael Mansfield
David Pannick
Gareth Peirce
Philippe Sands
Clive Stafford Smith


MEDIA EXECUTIVES (1)

David Elstein

MUSEUM DIRECTORS (1)

Neil MacGregor

MUSICIANS (2)

Brian Eno
Peter Maxwell Davies

PHILOSOPHERS (11)


Anthony Appiah
Julian Baggini
Simon Blackburn
Alain de Botton
AC Grayling
Mary Midgley
Onora O'Neill
Derek Parfit
Roger Scruton
Richard Sennett
Mary Warnock

PLAYWRIGHTS (6)

Alan Bennett
Howard Brenton
Michael Frayn
Bonnie Greer
David Hare
Tom Stoppard

POETS (12)

Kevin Crossley-Holland
Carol Ann Duffy
James Fenton
Seamus Heaney
Christopher Logue
Michael Longley
Andrew Motion
Paul Muldoon
Tom Paulin
Craig Raine
Denise Riley
Derek Walcott

POLICY ADVISERS (4)

Anthony Adonis
Robert Cooper
Geoff Mulgan
Adair Turner

POLITICAL PHILOSOPHERS (3)

Phillip Blond
John Dunn
John Gray

POLITICAL SCIENTISTS (4)

Vernon Bogdanor
Mary Kaldor
Derek Marquand
David Runciman

POLITICAL THEORISTS (2)

Stuart Hall
Julia Neuberger

POLITICIANS (7)

Tessa Blackstone
Gordon Brown
Frank Field
Michael Gove
Rory Stewart
Shirley Williams
David Willetts

PSYCHOTHERAPISTS (2)

Susie Orbach
Adam Phillips

RELIGIOUS LEADERS (2)

Jonathan Sacks
Rowan Williams

SCIENTISTS (12)

Colin Blakemore
Brian Cox
Richard Dawkins
Marcus du Sautoy
Susan Greenfield
Stephen Hawking
James Lovelock
Paul Nurse
Hugh Pennington
Roger Penrose
Steven Rose
Robert Winston

SOCIAL SCIENTISTS (4)

Anthony Giddens
Paul Gilroy
Julian Le Grand
Julian Thompson

THEATRE DIRECTORS (4)

Richard Eyre
Nicholas Hytner
Jonathan Miller
Katie Mitchell

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