Discover the notable alumni of University Of Edinburgh. The list includes people like Charles Darwin, Alexander Graham Bell, Adam Smith, Sarojini Naidu & Gordon Brown. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as scientists, writers, intellectuals & academics, miscellaneous and inventors & discoverers etc.
Charles DarwinCharles Darwin
12 February 1809, British
Naturalist, Geologist
Alexander Graham BellAlexander Graham Bell
03 March 1847, Canadian, Scottish
Inventor of Telephone

Gordon BrownGordon Brown
20 February 1951, British
 

Adam SmithAdam Smith
16 June 1723, Scottish
Economist and Philosopher

Sarojini NaiduSarojini Naidu
13 February 1879, Indian
Poet and Freedom Fighter

David HumeDavid Hume
26 April 1711, Scottish
Philosopher & Historian
Robert Louis StevensonRobert Louis Stevenson
13 November 1850, Scottish
Novelist, Poet

Maximilian Carl Emil WeberMax Weber
21 April 1864, German
Sociologist

Pippa MiddletonPippa Middleton
06 September 1983, British
Socialite, Author

Walter ScottWalter Scott
15 August 1771, Scottish
Novelist
Thomas CarlyleThomas Carlyle
04 December 1795, Scottish
Philosopher

Klaus FuchsKlaus Fuchs
29 December 1911, German
Theoretical Physicist and Atomic Spy
Eric LiddellEric Liddell
16 January 1902, Scottish
 

Prafulla Chandra RayPrafulla Chandra Ray
02 August 1861, Indian
Chemist

David PaulidesDavid Paulides
 , American
Cryptozoologist
Benjamin RushBenjamin Rush
04 January 1746, American
 

Oliver GoldsmithOliver Goldsmith
10 November 1728, Irish, British
Novelist, Playwright, Poet
James WilsonJames Wilson
14 September 1742, American, Scottish
Founding Fathers of the United States

Sir Arthur Conan DoyleSir Arthur Conan Doyle
22 May 1859, British, Scottish
Writer & Physician

Immanuel VelikovskyImmanuel Velikovsky
10 June 1895, Israeli
Author
Sam DenbySam Denby
17 March 1997, American
Youtuber

Peter Mark RogetPeter Mark Roget
18 January 1779, British
Lexicographer
Igor Yevgenyevich TammIgor Tamm
08 July 1895, Russian
Physicist

Peter C. DohertyPeter C. Doherty
 , Australian
Scientist, Nobel Prize Winner

Robert BrownRobert Brown
21 December 1773, British, Scottish
Botanist

Sir James A. MirrleesJames Mirrlees
05 July 1936, British
Economist
Edward Victor AppletonEdward Victor Appleton
06 September 1892, British
Physicist
John Rennie the ElderJohn Rennie the Elder
07 June 1761, Scottish
Civil Engineer

Mungo ParkMungo Park
11 September 1771, British
Explorer

Hannah bagshaweHannah bagshawe
30 November 1982, British
Wife of Eddie Redmayne

Arthur Conan DoyleArthur Conan Doyle
22 May 1859, British
Physician, Writer, Poet, Cricketer, Novelist,
Kevin McKiddKevin McKidd
09 August 1973, British, American, Scottish
Actor

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Marcus MumfordMarcus Mumford
31 January 1987, American
American-British singer

Michael McIntyreMichael McIntyre
21 February 1976, British
Actor, Stand-up comedian, Presenter

Amber RuddAmber Rudd
01 August 1963, British
Politician

Syed Ahmad KhanSyed Ahmad Khan
17 October 1817, Indian, British
Judge, Philosopher, Knight, Lawyer
Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount PalmerstonHenry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston
20 October 1784, British
Politician

Angus MacfadyenAngus Macfadyen
21 September 1963, British, Scottish
Actor
Tom ChaplinTom Chaplin
08 March 1979, British
Musician

Max RichterMax Richter
22 March 1966, British
Composer, Musician, Pianist, Film score composer

Max RichterMax Richter
30 November 1981, German, British
Composer
Julius NyerereJulius Nyerere
13 April 1922, Tanzanian
Linguist, Politician, Translator

Miles JuppMiles Jupp
08 September 1979, British
Comedian, Actor
Philippa GregoryPhilippa Gregory
09 January 1954, British
Novelist, Writer

Maria BamfordMaria Bamford
03 September 1970, American
Stand-up comedian

Geoffrey HintonGeoffrey Hinton
06 December 1947, British
Computer scientist

Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of DundonaldThomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald
14 December 1775, Brazilian, British
Politician, Officer

Darius CampbellDarius Campbell
19 August 1980, British
Singer, Opera singer, Songwriter
Ian RankinIan Rankin
28 April 1960, British
Writer, Novelist

Patrick MalahidePatrick Malahide
24 March 1945, British
Actor

Robert ListonRobert Liston
28 October 1794, British
Surgeon

Chris HoyChris Hoy
23 March 1976, British
Sport cyclist, Racecar driver
Bill TurnbullBill Turnbull
25 January 1956, British
Journalist, Presenter

James HuttonJames Hutton
03 June 1726, British, Scottish
Geologist
Sharman MacdonaldSharman Macdonald
08 February 1951, British
Playwright, Writer, Screenwriter

John WitherspoonJohn Witherspoon
05 February 1723, American
Politician, Theologian

Robert StephensonRobert Stephenson
16 October 1803, British
Engineer, Civil engineer, Politician
Robert AdamRobert Adam
03 July 1728
Architect, Archaeologist, Politician

John Boyd DunlopJohn Boyd Dunlop
05 February 1840, British
Inventor, Entrepreneur
Hilton McRaeHilton McRae
28 December 1949, British
Actor

Robert IndianaRobert Indiana
13 September 1928, American
Costume designer, Painter, Sculptor, Postage stamp

Robert KnoxRobert Knox
04 September 1791, British
Military physician
Benjamin ConstantBenjamin Constant
25 October 1767, Swiss, French
Philosopher, Politician, Writer, Diarist

Christy ClarkChristy Clark
29 October 1965, Canadian
Politician, Radio personality
Charles TupperCharles Tupper
02 July 1821, Canadian
Politician, Lawyer, Diplomat, Physician

Joseph BlackJoseph Black
16 April 1728, French, British, Scottish
Chemist, Physicist, Scientist, University teacher

Ian MaclarenIan Maclaren
03 November 1850, British
Writer

David BrewsterDavid Brewster
11 December 1781, British, Scottish
Botanist, Civil engineer, Physicist, Engineer,
Thomas BowdlerThomas Bowdler
11 July 1754, British
Physician, Chess player
James DewarJames Dewar
20 September 1842, British, Scottish
Physicist, Chemist, Inventor

MyloMylo
10 May 1978, British
Musician, Disc jockey, Record producer, Composer

Hamish ClarkHamish Clark
26 July 1965, British
Stage actor, Film actor

John HickJohn Hick
20 January 1922, British
Paramedic, Philosopher, University teacher
John Shepherd-BarronJohn Shepherd-Barron
23 June 1925, British
Inventor, Military personnel

Piers SellersPiers Sellers
11 April 1955, British, American
Astronaut, Scientist, Meteorologist

Adam FergusonAdam Ferguson
20 June 1723, British
Philosopher, Librarian, Historian, Soldier,

James MacMillanJames MacMillan
16 July 1959, British
Conductor, Composer, Musicologist, Professor

William John Macquorn RankineWilliam John Macquorn Rankine
05 July 1820, British, Scottish
Engineer, Physicist, Civil engineer, University
May-Britt MoserMay-Britt Moser
04 January 1963, Norwegian
Professor, Neuroscientist, Psychologist, Physician

Kurt KoffkaKurt Koffka
18 March 1886, German
Psychologist, University teacher
Charles BellCharles Bell
12 November 1774, British
Anatomist, Neuroscientist, Surgeon, Writer,

Bliss CarmanBliss Carman
15 April 1861, Canadian
Poet

Edvard MoserEdvard Moser
27 April 1962, Norwegian
University teacher, Neuroscientist, Physician,
John Scott HaldaneJohn Scott Haldane
03 May 1860, British
Inventor, Physiologist

Thomas HodgkinThomas Hodgkin
17 August 1798, British
Physician, Hematologist
William CullenWilliam Cullen
15 April 1710, British, Scottish
Physician, Chemist, Farmer, Academic, University

Thomas ChalmersThomas Chalmers
17 March 1780, British
Mathematician, Theologian, Writer, University

James BruceJames Bruce
14 December 1730, British
Explorer, Archaeologist, Film editor, Botanist

Peter D. MitchellPeter D. Mitchell
29 September 1920, British
Biochemist, Chemist, University teacher
Henry WinterHenry Winter
18 February 1963, British
Journalist

William ScoresbyWilliam Scoresby
05 October 1789, British
Explorer
John ElliotsonJohn Elliotson
29 October 1791, British
Physician, University teacher

Joseph HumeJoseph Hume
22 January 1777
Politician
George Adam SmithGeorge Adam Smith
19 October 1856, British
Theologian

Being one of Scotland’s ancient universities, the University of Edinburgh traces back its foundation to the year 1582. Essentially being a research university, the University of Edinburgh is currently ranked 19th as per the 2016-2017 QS Rankings. It has the third largest endowment in the United Kingdom, and was ranked 4th in the UK and 1st in Scotland for its research power, as per the Research Excellence Framework. The three colleges offer various programs in the areas of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine and Science and Engineering. Being the fourth most popular university in the United Kingdom, in terms of applicants, it is considered as one of the most difficult colleges to get into in Scotland. With the mission to be one of world’s leading research and teaching institutes internationally, the university improvises, innovates and improves, while sticking to its rich heritage and the highest quality of teaching. The University of Edinburgh is renowned for creating various legends that have made an everlasting impression on the world, in several areas of study. Charles Darwin, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Bayes, James Clerk Maxwell and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are some esteemed personalities who were once students of the University of Edinburgh. Brace yourself and keep reading this list to know more eminent individuals who have made the University Of Edinburgh proud with their contribution to society.