Top intellectuals – the results

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Top intellectuals – the results

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In the last issue, we drew up a list of Britain’s top 100 public intellectuals and asked readers to vote for their top five, plus a favourite not on the list. Here are the results

Britain’s top 100 public intellectuals, as selected by Prospect‘s readership—ranked in descending order of votes received. Each reader was allowed to nominate up to five intellectuals.

Richard Dawkins 261
Germaine Greer 136
Amartya Sen 126
Eric Hobsbawm 122
Jonathan Miller 116
Timothy Garton Ash 108
Simon Schama 106
Michael Ignatieff 104
Melvyn Bragg 103
Niall Ferguson 95
George Monbiot 94
Mary Warnock 92
Michael Frayn 92
Tom Stoppard 90
Roger Scruton 89
Rowan Williams 89
Christopher Hitchens 88
George Steiner 82
Will Hutton 78
AC Grayling 73
Susan Greenfield 68
John Gray 67
Seamus Heaney 63
Anthony Giddens 62
Gordon Brown 62
Tariq Ali 62
Karen Armstrong 60
Salman Rushdie 59
Jonathan Sacks 56
VS Naipaul 54
James Lovelock 53
Robert Winston 53
AS Byatt 48
Brian Eno 44
Frank Kermode 42
Philip Pullman 42
Matt Ridley 41
Terry Eagleton 40
Mary Midgeley 37
Melanie Phillips 37
Anatole Kaletsky 36
Colin Blakemore 32
Martin Amis 32
David Willetts 30
Martin Rees 30
Neil MacGregor 28
Peter Hennessey 28
Onora O’Neill 27
Robert Skidelsky 26
David Hare 25
James Wood 25
Perry Anderson 25
Ziauddin Sardar 25
Fred Halliday 24
Lisa Jardine 24
Quentin Skinner 24
Gitta Sereny 23
Martin Wolf 23
Richard Rogers 23
Jeanette Winterson 22
Robert Cooper 22
Steven Rose 22
Ian Buruma 21
John Carey 21
Bernard Crick 20
David Starkey 20
Linda Colley 20
Adam Phillips 19
Ian McEwan 19
Lewis Wolpert 19
Samuel Brittan 19
Lawrence Freedman 18
Philip Bobbitt 18
Richard Layard 18
Noel Malcolm 17
Bhikhu Parekh 16
Mervyn King 16
David Cannadine 15
David Marquand 14
John Kay 14
WG Runciman 14
Michael Howard 13
Paul Gilroy 13
Richard Holmes 13
Robert May 13
Julian Le Grand 12
Peter Maxwell-Davies 12
Charles Jencks 10
Geoff Mulgan 10
Charles Grant 9
David Pannick 9
Thomas Kirkwood 8
Matthew D’Ancona 6
Raymond Tallis 6
Adair Turner 5
David Green 5
Michael Craig-Martin 4
David Elstein 3
Tom Nairn 3
Malise Ruthven 2

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