University Of Edinburgh Notable Alumni

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.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin.
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Naturalist
Birthdate: February 12, 1809
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: The Mount House, Shrewsbury, England
Died: April 19, 1882

 2 Adam Smith

Adam Smith.
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Famous As: Economist and Philosopher
Birthdate: June 16, 1723
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kirkcaldy, Scotland
Died: July 17, 1790

 3 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer & Physician
Birthdate: May 22, 1859
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Scotland
Died: July 7, 1930

 4 Alexander Graham Bell

Alexander Graham Bell.
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Famous As: Inventor of Telephone
Birthdate: March 3, 1847
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Edinburgh
Died: August 2, 1922

 5 Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist, Poet
Birthdate: November 13, 1850
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: December 3, 1894

 6 David Hume

David Hume.
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Famous As: Philosopher & Historian
Birthdate: April 26, 1711
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: August 25, 1776

 7 Sarojini Naidu

Sarojini Naidu.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet and Freedom Fighter
Birthdate: February 13, 1879
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: India
Died: March 2, 1949
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 8 Sir James Matthew Barrie

Sir James Matthew Barrie.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: May 9, 1860
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kirriemuir, Angus, Scotland
Died: June 19, 1937

 9 Pippa Middleton

Pippa Middleton.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Socialite, Author
Birthdate: September 6, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Reading, Berkshire
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 10 Max Weber

Maximilian Carl Emil Weber.
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Sociologist
Birthdate: April 21, 1864
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Erfurt, Germany
Died: June 14, 1920

 11 Walter Scott

Walter Scott.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: August 15, 1771
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: September 21, 1832

 12 Michael McIntyre

Michael McIntyre
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: February 21, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 13 Eric Liddell

Eric Liddell.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 16, 1902
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tianjin
Died: February 21, 1945

 14 Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 20, 1784
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Westminster, London, England
Died: October 18, 1865

 15 Thomas Carlyle

Thomas Carlyle.
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: December 4, 1795
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ecclefechan, Dumfriesshire, Scotland
Died: February 5, 1881

 16 Julius Nyerere

Julius Nyerere
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Linguist, Politician, Translator
Birthdate: April 13, 1922
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Butiama
Died: October 14, 1999

 17 Oliver Goldsmith

Oliver Goldsmith.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist, Playwright, Poet
Birthdate: November 10, 1728
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ballymahon
Died: April 4, 1774

 18 Angus Macfadyen

Angus Macfadyen
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 21, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 19 Klaus Fuchs

Klaus Fuchs.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Theoretical Physicist and Atomic Spy
Birthdate: December 29, 1911
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rüsselsheim, German Empire
Died: January 28, 1988

 20 David Paulides

David Paulides.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Cryptozoologist
Birthdate: 0000 AD

 21 Miles Jupp

Miles Jupp
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Famous As: Comedian, Actor
Birthdate: September 8, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London

 22 Philippa Gregory

Philippa Gregory
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist, Writer
Birthdate: January 9, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nairobi

 23 Chris Hoy

Chris Hoy
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Sport cyclist, Racecar driver
Birthdate: March 23, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Edinburgh
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 24 Robert Liston

Robert Liston.
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Listed In: Physicians
Famous As: Surgeon
Birthdate: October 28, 1794
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ecclesmachan, West Lothian, Scotland
Died: December 7, 1847

 25 Darius Campbell

Darius Campbell
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Singer, Opera singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: August 19, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Glasgow
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)

 26 Benjamin Rush

Benjamin Rush.
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 4, 1746
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Philadelphia
Died: April 19, 1813

 27 James Boswell

James Boswell
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Biographer
Birthdate: October 18, 1740
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: May 19, 1795

 28 Bill Turnbull

Bill Turnbull
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Famous As: Journalist, Presenter
Birthdate: January 25, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Guildford

 29 Patrick Malahide

Patrick Malahide
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 24, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Berkshire, England, UK

 30 Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer, Novelist
Birthdate: April 28, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Scotland

 31 Geoffrey Hinton

Geoffrey Hinton
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Computer scientist
Birthdate: December 6, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Wimbledon

 32 Prafulla Chandra Ray

Prafulla Chandra Ray.
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: August 2, 1861
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Khulna
Died: June 16, 1944

 33 William Walker

William Walker
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: President
Birthdate: May 8, 1824
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Died: September 12, 1860

 34 Ian Charleson

Ian Charleson
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Famous As: Scottish actor
Birthdate: August 11, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: January 6, 1990

 35 Bill Moyers

Bill Moyers
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Famous As: Former White House Press Secretary
Birthdate: June 5, 1934
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hugo, Oklahoma, United States

 36 Clifton Wrottesley

Clifton Wrottesley
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Sportsman
Birthdate: August 10, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland

 37 Mungo Park

Mungo Park.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: September 11, 1771
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Selkirkshire
Died: 1806 AD

 38 Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald

Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 14, 1775
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Died: October 31, 1860

 39 Christy Clark

Christy Clark
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician, Radio personality
Birthdate: October 29, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Burnaby

 40 Robert Brown

Robert Brown.
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Botanist
Birthdate: December 21, 1773
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Montrose
Died: June 10, 1858

 41 Magdalen Berns

Magdalen Berns
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Listed In: YouTubers
Famous As: YouTuber
Birthdate: May 6, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
Died: September 13, 2019

 42 Bruce Chatwin

Bruce Chatwin
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: May 13, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, UK
Died: January 18, 1989
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 43 James Hutton

James Hutton
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Geologist
Birthdate: June 3, 1726
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Edinburgh
Died: March 26, 1797

 44 Sharman Macdonald

Sharman Macdonald
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Playwright, Writer, Screenwriter
Birthdate: February 8, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Glasgow

 45 Princess Raiyah bint Hussein

Princess Raiyah bint Hussein
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Princess
Birthdate: February 9, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Amman, Jordan

 46 James Wilson

James Wilson.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Founding Fathers of the United States
Birthdate: September 14, 1742
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fife
Died: August 21, 1798

 47 Hastings Banda

Hastings Banda
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: President
Birthdate: February 15, 1898
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kasungu, Malawi
Died: November 25, 1997

 48 Isabel Maxwell

Isabel Maxwell
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Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: August 16, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Maisons-Laffitte, France

 49 Sam Denby

Sam Denby.
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Listed In: YouTubers
Famous As: Youtuber
Birthdate: March 17, 1997
Sun Sign: Pisces

 50 John Witherspoon

John Witherspoon
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician, Theologian
Birthdate: February 5, 1723
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gifford, East Lothian
Died: November 15, 1794
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.