Check out the list of notable University Of Edinburgh alumni. Some of the notable University Of Edinburgh students are Charles Darwin, Alexander Graham Bell, Adam Smith, David Hume and Robert Louis Stevenson.

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.
Charles DarwinCharles Darwin
(Naturalist, Geologist)

12 February 1809

19 April 1882

Shrewsbury

British

Aquarius

Alexander Graham BellAlexander Graham Bell
(Inventor of Telephone)

03 March 1847

02 August 1922

Edinburgh

British,Scottish

Pisces

Adam SmithAdam Smith
(Economist and Philosopher)

16 June 1723

17 July 1790

Kirkcaldy, Scotland

Scottish,Welsh

Gemini

Sarojini NaiduSarojini Naidu
(Poet and Freedom Fighter)

13 February 1879

02 March 1949

India

Indian

Aquarius

David HumeDavid Hume
(Philosopher & Historian)

26 April 1711

25 August 1776

Edinburgh, Scotland, Great Britain

British,Scottish

Taurus

Robert Louis StevensonRobert Louis Stevenson
(Novelist, Poet)

13 November 1850

03 December 1894

Edinburgh, Scotland

Scottish

Scorpio

Gordon BrownGordon Brown

20 February 1951

Govan

British

Pisces

Walter ScottWalter Scott
(Novelist)

15 August 1771

21 September 1832

Edinburgh

Scottish

Leo

Thomas CarlyleThomas Carlyle
(Philosopher)

04 December 1795

05 February 1881

Ecclefechan, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland1

Scottish

Sagittarius

Prafulla Chandra RayPrafulla Chandra Ray
(Chemist)

02 August 1861

16 June 1944

Khulna

Indian

Leo

Benjamin RushBenjamin Rush

04 January 1746

19 April 1813

Philadelphia

American

Capricorn

Klaus FuchsKlaus Fuchs
(Theoretical Physicist and Atomic Spy)

29 December 1911

28 January 1988

Rüsselsheim, German Empire

German

Capricorn

Eric LiddellEric Liddell

16 January 1902

21 February 1945

Tianjin

Scottish

Capricorn

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

22 May 1859

07 July 1930

Scotland

British,Scottish

Gemini

Oliver GoldsmithOliver Goldsmith
(Novelist, Playwright, Poet)

10 November 1728

04 April 1774

Ballymahon

Canadian,Irish,British

Scorpio

James WilsonJames Wilson
(English footballer)

14 September 1742

21 August 1798

Carskerdo, Scotland

American

Virgo

Immanuel VelikovskyImmanuel Velikovsky
(Author)

10 June 1895

17 November 1979

Vitebsk

Israeli

Gemini

Igor Yevgenyevich TammIgor Tamm
(Physicist)

08 July 1895

12 April 1971

Vladivostok, Russian Empire

Soviet Russian

Cancer

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

Brisbane, Australia

Australian

Robert BrownRobert Brown
(Botanist)

21 December 1773

10 June 1858

Montrose

British,Scottish

Sagittarius

Sir James A. MirrleesJames Mirrlees
(Economist)

05 July 1936

Minnigaff, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland

British

Cancer

Peter Mark RogetPeter Mark Roget
(Lexicographer)

18 January 1779

12 September 1869

Soho

British

Capricorn

Edward Victor AppletonEdward Victor Appleton
(Physicist)

06 September 1892

21 April 1965

Bradford

British

Virgo

John Rennie the ElderJohn Rennie the Elder
(Civil Engineer)

07 June 1761

04 October 1821

Phantassie

Scottish

Gemini

Mungo ParkMungo Park
(Explorer)

11 September 1771

1806 AD

Selkirkshire

British

Virgo

Marcus MumfordMarcus Mumford
(American-British singer)

31 January 1987

Orange County, California, United States

American

Aquarius

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

07 July 1930

Edinburgh

British

Gemini

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

21 February 1976

London Borough of Merton

British

Pisces

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

17 October 1817

27 March 1898

Delhi

Indian,British

Libra

Gillian McKeithGillian McKeith
(Nutritionist, Television presenter)

28 September 1959

Perth

British

Libra

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

22 March 1966

Hamelin

British

Aries

Christy ClarkChristy Clark
(Politician, Radio personality)

29 October 1965

Burnaby

Canadian

Scorpio

Ian RankinIan Rankin
(Writer, Novelist)

28 April 1960

Scotland

British

Taurus

James HuttonJames Hutton
(Geologist)

03 June 1726

26 March 1797

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Scottish

Gemini

Julius NyerereJulius Nyerere
(Linguist, Politician, Translator)

13 April 1922

14 October 1999

Butiama

Tanzanian

Aries

Philippa GregoryPhilippa Gregory
(Novelist, Writer)

09 January 1954

Nairobi

British

Capricorn

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

20 October 1784

18 October 1865

Broadlands

Libra

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

02 July 1821

30 October 1915

Amherst

Canadian

Cancer

Miles JuppMiles Jupp
(Comedian, Actor)

08 September 1979

London

British

Virgo

Darius CampbellDarius Campbell
(Singer, Opera singer, Songwriter)

19 August 1980

Glasgow

British

Leo

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

11 December 1781

10 February 1868

Jedburgh

British,Scottish

Sagittarius

Geoffrey HintonGeoffrey Hinton
(Computer scientist)

06 December 1947

Wimbledon

British

Sagittarius

Chris HoyChris Hoy
(Sport cyclist, Racecar driver)

23 March 1976

Edinburgh

British

Aries

Robert StephensonRobert Stephenson
(Engineer, Civil engineer, Politician)

16 October 1803

12 October 1859

Willington Quay

British

Libra

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

14 December 1775

31 October 1860

Hamilton

Brazilian,British

Sagittarius

Robert AdamRobert Adam
(Architect, Archaeologist, Politician)

03 July 1728

03 March 1792

Kirkcaldy

Cancer

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

13 September 1928

New Castle

American

Virgo

William ScoresbyWilliam Scoresby
(Explorer)

05 October 1789

21 March 1857

Whitby

British

Libra

John WitherspoonJohn Witherspoon
(Politician, Theologian)

05 February 1723

15 November 1794

Gifford, East Lothian

American

Aquarius

John Boyd DunlopJohn Boyd Dunlop
(Inventor, Entrepreneur)

05 February 1840

23 October 1921

Ayrshire

British

Aquarius

Joseph HumeJoseph Hume
(Politician)

22 January 1777

20 February 1855

Montrose

Aquarius

Bill TurnbullBill Turnbull
(Journalist, Presenter)

25 January 1956

Guildford

British

Aquarius

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

16 April 1728

06 December 1799

Bordeaux

British,Scottish

Aries

John ElliotsonJohn Elliotson
(Physician, University teacher)

29 October 1791

29 July 1868

Southwark

British

Scorpio

Thomas BowdlerThomas Bowdler
(Physician, Chess player)

11 July 1754

24 February 1825

Bath

British

Cancer

John HickJohn Hick
(Paramedic, Philosopher, University teacher)

20 January 1922

09 February 2012

Scarborough

British

Capricorn

James DewarJames Dewar
(Physicist, Chemist, Inventor)

20 September 1842

27 March 1923

Kincardine

British,Scottish

Virgo

Robert ListonRobert Liston
(Surgeon)

28 October 1794

07 December 1847

Ecclesmachan

British

Scorpio

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

25 October 1767

10 December 1830

Lausanne

Swiss,French

Scorpio

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

04 January 1963

Fosnavåg

Norwegian

Capricorn

Henry WinterHenry Winter
(Journalist)

18 February 1963

London

British

Aquarius

Sharman MacdonaldSharman Macdonald
(Playwright, Writer, Screenwriter)

08 February 1951

Glasgow

British

Aquarius

Ian MaclarenIan Maclaren
(Writer)

03 November 1850

06 May 1907

Manningtree

British

Scorpio

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

10 May 1978

Scotland

British

Taurus

Robert KnoxRobert Knox
(Military physician)

04 September 1791

20 December 1862

Edinburgh

British

Virgo

Piers SellersPiers Sellers
(Astronaut, Scientist, Meteorologist)

11 April 1955

23 December 2016

Crowborough

British,American

Aries

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

05 July 1820

24 December 1872

Edinburgh

British,Scottish

Cancer

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

20 June 1723

22 February 1816

Logierait

British

Gemini

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

29 September 1920

10 April 1992

Surrey

British

Libra

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

27 April 1962

Ålesund

Norwegian

Taurus

John Scott HaldaneJohn Scott Haldane
(Inventor, Physiologist)

03 May 1860

15 March 1936

Edinburgh

British

Taurus

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

23 June 1925

15 May 2010

Shillong

British

Cancer

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

12 November 1774

28 April 1842

Edinburgh

British

Scorpio

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

15 April 1710

05 February 1790

Hamilton

British,Scottish

Aries

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

17 March 1780

30 May 1847

Anstruther

British

Pisces

Thomas HodgkinThomas Hodgkin
(Physician, Hematologist)

17 August 1798

05 April 1866

London

British

Leo

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

16 July 1959

Kilwinning

British

Cancer

Kurt KoffkaKurt Koffka
(Psychologist, University teacher)

18 March 1886

22 November 1941

Berlin

German

Pisces

Hilton McRaeHilton McRae
(Actor)

28 December 1949

Dundee

British

Capricorn

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

14 December 1730

27 April 1794

Stirling

British

Sagittarius

Hamish ClarkHamish Clark
(Stage actor, Film actor)

26 July 1965

Broughty Ferry

British

Leo

J.M. BarrieJ.M. Barrie
(Author, Playwright)

1860 AD

1937 AD

Bliss CarmanBliss Carman
(Poet)

15 April 1861

08 June 1929

Fredericton

Canadian

Aries

George Adam SmithGeorge Adam Smith
(Theologian)

19 October 1856

03 March 1942

Kolkata

British

Libra

James C. MaxwellJames C. Maxwell
(Scholar, Physicist, Scientist)

1831 AD

1879 AD

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