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
(Naturalist known for His Contributions to Evolutionary Biology)

Charles Darwin
56
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: February 12, 1809
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: The Mount House, Shrewsbury, England
Died: April 19, 1882

 2 
Alexander Graham Bell
(Inventor of Telephone)

Alexander Graham Bell
27
Birthdate: March 3, 1847
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: August 2, 1922

 3 
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
(British Writer Who Created the Character of Sherlock Holmes)

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
12
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 22, 1859
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Scotland
Died: July 7, 1930

 4 
Robert Louis Stevenson
(Author of Famous Novels: 'Treasure Island' and 'Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde')

Robert Louis Stevenson
7
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 13, 1850
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: December 3, 1894

Sir James Matthew Barrie
4
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 9, 1860
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kirriemuir, Angus, Scotland
Died: June 19, 1937

 6 
Julius Nyerere
(Politician)

Julius Nyerere
2
Birthdate: April 13, 1922
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Butiama, Tanzania
Died: October 14, 1999

 7 
Thomas Carlyle
(Philosopher)

Thomas Carlyle
3
Birthdate: December 4, 1795
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ecclefechan, Dumfriesshire, Scotland
Died: February 5, 1881
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 8 
Pippa Middleton
(Socialite, Author)

Pippa Middleton
12
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 6, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Reading, Berkshire, England
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 9 
Eric Liddell
(Rugby union player)

Eric Liddell
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 16, 1902
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tianjin, China
Died: February 21, 1945

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 20, 1784
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Westminster, Middlesex, England
Died: October 18, 1865

 11 

Oliver Goldsmith
4
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 10, 1728
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: County Longford, Ireland
Died: April 4, 1774

 12 
Maggie Cheung
(Actress)

Maggie Cheung
5
Birthdate: September 20, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hong Kong
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 13 
Max Richter
(Composer)

Max Richter
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 22, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hamelin, Germany

 14 

Kevin McKidd
4
Birthdate: August 9, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Elgin, Moray, Scotland, UK
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 15 
Klaus Fuchs
(Theoretical Physicist and Atomic Spy)

Klaus Fuchs
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 29, 1911
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rüsselsheim, German Empire
Died: January 28, 1988

 16 
David Paulides
(Cryptozoologist)

David Paulides
14
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0000 AD

 17 
Robert Liston
(Surgeon)

Robert Liston
2
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: October 28, 1794
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ecclesmachan, West Lothian, Scotland
Died: December 7, 1847

 18 

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

 19 
Chris Hoy
(Sport cyclist, Racecar driver)

Chris Hoy
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 23, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Edinburgh
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 20 
Richard Owen
(Biologist)

Richard Owen
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: July 20, 1804
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lancaster, England
Died: December 18, 1892

 21 
Tom Chaplin
(Musician)

Tom Chaplin
3
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 8, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Battle, East Sussex, England, UK
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 22 
Robert Stephenson
(Engineer, Civil engineer, Politician)

Robert Stephenson
0
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: October 16, 1803
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Willington Quay
Died: October 12, 1859

 23 

Jane Alexander
2
Birthdate: October 28, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 24 
Benjamin Rush
(Founding Father of the United States)

Benjamin Rush
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 4, 1746
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Byberry, Philadelphia, United States
Died: April 19, 1813

 25 
Geoffrey Hinton
(Computer scientist)

Geoffrey Hinton
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 6, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Wimbledon

 26 

Angus Macfadyen
3
Birthdate: September 21, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 27 
Darius Campbell
(Singer, Opera singer, Songwriter)

Darius Campbell
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 19, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Glasgow
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)

 28 
Miles Jupp
(Comedian, Actor)

Miles Jupp
1
Birthdate: September 8, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London

 29 
William Walker
(President)

William Walker
1
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: May 8, 1824
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Died: September 12, 1860

 30 
Sir Syed Ahmad Khan
(Founder of Aligarh Muslim University)

Sir Syed Ahmad Khan
9
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 17, 1817
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Delhi, India
Died: March 27, 1898

Alexander McCall Smith
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 24, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

 32 
Ian Charleson
(Scottish actor)

Ian Charleson
1
Birthdate: August 11, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: January 6, 1990

 33 
Ian Rankin
(Writer, Novelist)

Ian Rankin
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 28, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Scotland

 34 
David Brewster
(Scientist)

David Brewster
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 11, 1781
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jedburgh, Scotland
Died: February 10, 1868

 35 
Judy Murray
(Tennis coach from Scotland who became the captain of the British Fed Cup team in 2011)

Judy Murray
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 8, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bridge of Allan, Stirlingshire, Scotland
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 36 

Ed Stoppard
0
Birthdate: September 16, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 14, 1775
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Died: October 31, 1860

 38 

Prafulla Chandra Ray
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 2, 1861
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Khulna
Died: June 16, 1944

 39 
Mungo Park
(Explorer)

Mungo Park
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 11, 1771
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Selkirkshire, Scotland
Died: July 19, 1806

 40 
Peter C. Doherty
(Scientist, Nobel Prize Winner)

Peter C. Doherty
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Brisbane, Australia

 41 

Katherine Grainger
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 12, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 42 
James Boswell
(Biographer)

James Boswell
1
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: October 18, 1740
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: May 19, 1795

 43 
Talal Asad
(Anthropologist known for his writing calling for the anthropology of secularism)

Talal Asad
0
Birthdate: October 18, 1740, 1932
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Medina, Saudi Arabia

 44 

Patrick Malahide
0
Birthdate: March 24, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Berkshire, England, UK

 45 
Christy Clark
(Politician, Radio personality)

Christy Clark
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 29, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Burnaby

 46 
Robert Brown
(Botanist)

Robert Brown
3
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 21, 1773
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Montrose, Scotland
Died: June 10, 1858

 47 
Bill Turnbull
(Journalist, Presenter)

Bill Turnbull
3
Birthdate: January 25, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Guildford

 48 
James Hutton
(Geologist)

James Hutton
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: June 3, 1726
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Edinburgh
Died: March 26, 1797

 49 
James Wilson
(Founding Fathers of the United States)

James Wilson
1
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: September 14, 1742
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fife, Scotland
Died: August 21, 1798

Princess Raiyah bint Hussein
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 9, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Amman, Jordan
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