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Top 100 British intellectuals

To mark the 100th issue of Prospect, we have compiled a list of the top 100 British public intellectuals. In consultation with many of our regular contributors and a wide range of figures across the disciplines and professions, we gathered more than 400 names from science and philoosophy through politics and journalism to arts and culture, and then whittled them down to 100.

By prospect   July 2004

Tariq Ali political campaigner

Martin Amis novelist and critic

Perry Anderson historian

Karen Armstrong historian of religion

Colin Blakemore neurologist and MRC chief executive 

Philip Bobbitt theorist of law and conflict

Melvyn Bragg broadcaster and writer

Samuel Brittan economics commentator

Gordon Brown chancellor of the exchequer

Ian Buruma writer on Asian and world affairs

AS Byatt critic and essayist

David Cannadine historian

John Carey literature professor and critic

Linda Colley historian 

Robert Cooper diplomat and writer

Michael Craig-Martin conceptual artist and…

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