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
(Naturalist, Geologist)

12 February 1809

British

Alexander Graham BellAlexander Graham Bell
(Inventor of Telephone)

03 March 1847

Canadian,Scottish

Adam SmithAdam Smith
(Economist and Philosopher)

16 June 1723

Scottish

Sarojini NaiduSarojini Naidu
(Poet and Freedom Fighter)

13 February 1879

Indian

Gordon BrownGordon Brown

20 February 1951

British

Robert Louis StevensonRobert Louis Stevenson
(Novelist, Poet)

13 November 1850

Scottish

David HumeDavid Hume
(Philosopher & Historian)

26 April 1711

Scottish

Pippa MiddletonPippa Middleton
(Socialite, Author)

06 September 1983

British

Walter ScottWalter Scott
(Novelist)

15 August 1771

Scottish

Eric LiddellEric Liddell

16 January 1902

Scottish

Thomas CarlyleThomas Carlyle
(Philosopher)

04 December 1795

Scottish

Klaus FuchsKlaus Fuchs
(Theoretical Physicist and Atomic Spy)

29 December 1911

German

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David PaulidesDavid Paulides
(Cryptozoologist)

American

Benjamin RushBenjamin Rush

04 January 1746

American

Oliver GoldsmithOliver Goldsmith
(Novelist, Playwright, Poet)

10 November 1728

Irish,British

James WilsonJames Wilson
(Founding Fathers of the United States)

14 September 1742

American,Scottish

Prafulla Chandra RayPrafulla Chandra Ray
(Chemist)

02 August 1861

Indian

Immanuel VelikovskyImmanuel Velikovsky
(Author)

10 June 1895

Israeli

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Sir Arthur Conan DoyleSir Arthur Conan Doyle
(Writer & Physician)

22 May 1859

British,Scottish

Peter C. DohertyPeter C. Doherty
(Scientist, Nobel Prize Winner)

Australian

Peter Mark RogetPeter Mark Roget
(Lexicographer)

18 January 1779

British

Igor Yevgenyevich TammIgor Tamm
(Physicist)

08 July 1895

Russian

Sir James A. MirrleesJames Mirrlees
(Economist)

05 July 1936

British

Edward Victor AppletonEdward Victor Appleton
(Physicist)

06 September 1892

British

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Robert BrownRobert Brown
(Botanist)

21 December 1773

British,Scottish

John Rennie the ElderJohn Rennie the Elder
(Civil Engineer)

07 June 1761

Scottish

Mungo ParkMungo Park
(Explorer)

11 September 1771

British

Hannah bagshaweHannah bagshawe
(Wife of Eddie Redmayne)

30 November 1982

British

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount PalmerstonHenry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston
(Politician)

20 October 1784

Arthur Conan DoyleArthur Conan Doyle
(Physician, Writer, Poet, Cricketer, Novelist, Politician, Essayist, Playwright, Autobiographer, Librettist, Screenwriter, Science fiction writer, Children's writer, Crime writer)

22 May 1859

British

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Marcus MumfordMarcus Mumford
(American-British singer)

31 January 1987

American

Michael McIntyreMichael McIntyre
(Actor, Stand-up comedian, Presenter)

21 February 1976

British

Syed Ahmad KhanSyed Ahmad Khan
(Judge, Philosopher, Knight, Lawyer)

17 October 1817

Indian,British

Geoffrey HintonGeoffrey Hinton
(Computer scientist)

06 December 1947

British

Miles JuppMiles Jupp
(Comedian, Actor)

08 September 1979

British

Max RichterMax Richter
(Composer, Musician, Pianist, Film score composer)

22 March 1966

British

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Julius NyerereJulius Nyerere
(Linguist, Politician, Translator)

13 April 1922

Tanzanian

Philippa GregoryPhilippa Gregory
(Novelist, Writer)

09 January 1954

British

Darius CampbellDarius Campbell
(Singer, Opera singer, Songwriter)

19 August 1980

British

Robert ListonRobert Liston
(Surgeon)

28 October 1794

British

Ian RankinIan Rankin
(Writer, Novelist)

28 April 1960

British

Bill TurnbullBill Turnbull
(Journalist, Presenter)

25 January 1956

British

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John WitherspoonJohn Witherspoon
(Politician, Theologian)

05 February 1723

American

Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of DundonaldThomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald
(Politician, Officer)

14 December 1775

Brazilian,British

James HuttonJames Hutton
(Geologist)

03 June 1726

British,Scottish

Chris HoyChris Hoy
(Sport cyclist, Racecar driver)

23 March 1976

British

Sharman MacdonaldSharman Macdonald
(Playwright, Writer, Screenwriter)

08 February 1951

British

Robert IndianaRobert Indiana
(Costume designer, Painter, Sculptor, Postage stamp designer)

13 September 1928

American

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John Boyd DunlopJohn Boyd Dunlop
(Inventor, Entrepreneur)

05 February 1840

British

Robert StephensonRobert Stephenson
(Engineer, Civil engineer, Politician)

16 October 1803

British

Robert AdamRobert Adam
(Architect, Archaeologist, Politician)

03 July 1728

Christy ClarkChristy Clark
(Politician, Radio personality)

29 October 1965

Canadian

Robert KnoxRobert Knox
(Military physician)

04 September 1791

British

Joseph BlackJoseph Black
(Chemist, Physicist, Scientist, University teacher)

16 April 1728

French,British,Scottish

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Charles TupperCharles Tupper
(Politician, Lawyer, Diplomat, Physician)

02 July 1821

Canadian

Benjamin ConstantBenjamin Constant
(Philosopher, Politician, Writer, Diarist)

25 October 1767

Swiss,French

David BrewsterDavid Brewster
(Botanist, Civil engineer, Physicist, Engineer, Mathematician, Astronomer, Philosopher, Inventor, Writer, University teacher, Biographer)

11 December 1781

British,Scottish

Ian MaclarenIan Maclaren
(Writer)

03 November 1850

British

Thomas BowdlerThomas Bowdler
(Physician, Chess player)

11 July 1754

British

John HickJohn Hick
(Paramedic, Philosopher, University teacher)

20 January 1922

British

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Hilton McRaeHilton McRae
(Actor)

28 December 1949

British

James DewarJames Dewar
(Physicist, Chemist, Inventor)

20 September 1842

British,Scottish

MyloMylo
(Musician, Disc jockey, Record producer, Composer)

10 May 1978

British

Adam FergusonAdam Ferguson
(Philosopher, Librarian, Historian, Soldier, Essayist, Economist, Writer, Cleric, Sociologist, University teacher, Chaplain)

20 June 1723

British

John Shepherd-BarronJohn Shepherd-Barron
(Inventor, Military personnel)

23 June 1925

British

May-Britt MoserMay-Britt Moser
(Professor, Neuroscientist, Psychologist, Physician)

04 January 1963

Norwegian

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Hamish ClarkHamish Clark
(Stage actor, Film actor)

26 July 1965

British

William CullenWilliam Cullen
(Physician, Chemist, Farmer, Academic, University teacher, Writer, Psychiatrist)

15 April 1710

British,Scottish

Charles BellCharles Bell
(Anatomist, Neuroscientist, Surgeon, Writer, Physician, University teacher, Neurologist)

12 November 1774

British

William John Macquorn RankineWilliam John Macquorn Rankine
(Engineer, Physicist, Civil engineer, University teacher)

05 July 1820

British,Scottish

Piers SellersPiers Sellers
(Astronaut, Scientist, Meteorologist)

11 April 1955

British,American

Thomas ChalmersThomas Chalmers
(Mathematician, Theologian, Writer, University teacher, Economist)

17 March 1780

British

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James MacMillanJames MacMillan
(Conductor, Composer, Musicologist, Professor)

16 July 1959

British

Kurt KoffkaKurt Koffka
(Psychologist, University teacher)

18 March 1886

German

Edvard MoserEdvard Moser
(University teacher, Neuroscientist, Physician, Psychologist)

27 April 1962

Norwegian

James BruceJames Bruce
(Explorer, Archaeologist, Film editor, Botanist)

14 December 1730

British

Thomas HodgkinThomas Hodgkin
(Physician, Hematologist)

17 August 1798

British

John Scott HaldaneJohn Scott Haldane
(Inventor, Physiologist)

03 May 1860

British

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Henry WinterHenry Winter
(Journalist)

18 February 1963

British

Peter D. MitchellPeter D. Mitchell
(Biochemist, Chemist, University teacher)

29 September 1920

British

Joseph HumeJoseph Hume
(Politician)

22 January 1777

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.