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

Adam SmithAdam Smith
16 June 1723, Scottish
Economist and Philosopher

Gordon BrownGordon Brown
20 February 1951, British

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

Robert Louis StevensonRobert Louis Stevenson
13 November 1850, Scottish
Novelist, Poet
Maximilian Carl Emil WeberMax Weber
21 April 1864, German

David HumeDavid Hume
26 April 1711, Scottish
Philosopher & Historian

Pippa MiddletonPippa Middleton
06 September 1983, British
Socialite, Author
Walter ScottWalter Scott
15 August 1771, Scottish

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

Thomas CarlyleThomas Carlyle
04 December 1795, Scottish

David PaulidesDavid Paulides
 , American

Benjamin RushBenjamin Rush
04 January 1746, American

Robert ListonRobert Liston
28 October 1794, Scottish
Oliver GoldsmithOliver Goldsmith
10 November 1728, Irish, British
Novelist, Playwright, Poet

Sam DenbySam Denby
17 March 1997, American

Prafulla Chandra RayPrafulla Chandra Ray
02 August 1861, Indian

Immanuel VelikovskyImmanuel Velikovsky
10 June 1895, Israeli
Peter C. DohertyPeter C. Doherty
 , Australian
Scientist, Nobel Prize Winner

Sir Arthur Conan DoyleSir Arthur Conan Doyle
22 May 1859, British, Scottish
Writer & Physician
James WilsonJames Wilson
14 September 1742, American, Scottish
Founding Fathers of the United States

Igor Yevgenyevich TammIgor Tamm
08 July 1895, Russian

Peter Mark RogetPeter Mark Roget
18 January 1779, British
Sir James A. MirrleesJames Mirrlees
05 July 1936, British

Edward Victor AppletonEdward Victor Appleton
06 September 1892, British
John Rennie the ElderJohn Rennie the Elder
07 June 1761, Scottish
Civil Engineer

Mungo ParkMungo Park
11 September 1771, British

Robert BrownRobert Brown
21 December 1773, British, Scottish
Hannah bagshaweHannah bagshawe
30 November 1982, British
Wife of Eddie Redmayne

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

Marcus MumfordMarcus Mumford
31 January 1987, British, American

Michael McIntyreMichael McIntyre
21 February 1976, British

Rachael StirlingRachael Stirling
30 May 1977, British
Syed Ahmad KhanSyed Ahmad Khan
17 October 1817, Indian, British
Judge, Philosopher, Knight, Lawyer
Amber RuddAmber Rudd
01 August 1963, British

Angus MacfadyenAngus Macfadyen
21 September 1963, British, Scottish

Max RichterMax Richter
22 March 1966, German, British

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount PalmerstonHenry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston
20 October 1784, British
Maria BamfordMaria Bamford
03 September 1970, American
Stand-up comedian

Miles JuppMiles Jupp
08 September 1979, British
Comedian, Actor

Julius NyerereJulius Nyerere
13 April 1922, Tanzanian
Linguist, Politician, Translator

Geoffrey HintonGeoffrey Hinton
06 December 1947, British
Computer scientist

Bill TurnbullBill Turnbull
25 January 1956, British
Journalist, Presenter
Philippa GregoryPhilippa Gregory
09 January 1954, British
Novelist, Writer

Chris HoyChris Hoy
23 March 1976, British
Sport cyclist, Racecar driver
Darius CampbellDarius Campbell
19 August 1980, British
Singer, Opera singer, Songwriter

Tom ChaplinTom Chaplin
08 March 1979, British

Ian CharlesonIan Charleson
11 August 1949, Scottish
Scottish actor
Ian RankinIan Rankin
28 April 1960, British
Writer, Novelist

Patrick MalahidePatrick Malahide
24 March 1945, British
Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of DundonaldThomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald
14 December 1775, British, Scottish

Bill MoyersBill Moyers
05 June 1934, American
Former White House Press Secretary

Sharman MacdonaldSharman Macdonald
08 February 1951, British
Playwright, Writer, Screenwriter

Bruce ChatwinBruce Chatwin
13 May 1940, British

Hastings BandaHastings Banda
15 February 1898, Malawian
Richard OwenRichard Owen
20 July 1804, British

James BoswellJames Boswell
18 October 1740, British, Scottish

James HuttonJames Hutton
03 June 1726, British, Scottish

Robert StephensonRobert Stephenson
16 October 1803, British
Engineer, Civil engineer, Politician
John Boyd DunlopJohn Boyd Dunlop
05 February 1840, British
Inventor, Entrepreneur

John WitherspoonJohn Witherspoon
05 February 1723, American
Politician, Theologian
Robert AdamRobert Adam
03 July 1728
Architect, Archaeologist, Politician

Hilton McRaeHilton McRae
28 December 1949, British

Benjamin ConstantBenjamin Constant
25 October 1767, Swiss, French
Philosopher, Politician, Writer, Diarist
Christy ClarkChristy Clark
29 October 1965, Canadian
Politician, Radio personality

Robert IndianaRobert Indiana
13 September 1928, American
Costume designer, Painter, Sculptor, Postage stamp
Robert KnoxRobert Knox
04 September 1791, British
Military physician

James LindJames Lind
04 October 1716, Scottish

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

Fraser StoddartFraser Stoddart
24 May 1942, British, American
Samuel SmilesSamuel Smiles
23 December 1812, British, Scottish

Joel Roberts PoinsettJoel Roberts Poinsett
02 March 1779, American

David BrewsterDavid Brewster
11 December 1781, British, Scottish
Botanist, Civil engineer, Physicist, Engineer,

John Alexander DowieJohn Alexander Dowie
25 May 1847, Scottish
James Young SimpsonJames Young Simpson
07 June 1811, Scottish
Thomas BowdlerThomas Bowdler
11 July 1754, British
Physician, Chess player

Samuel SeaburySamuel Seabury
30 November 1729, American

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

James DewarJames Dewar
20 September 1842, British, Scottish
Physicist, Chemist, Inventor
John HickJohn Hick
20 January 1922, British
Paramedic, Philosopher, University teacher

Hugh MacDiarmidHugh MacDiarmid
11 August 1892, Scottish

Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount MelvilleHenry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville
28 April 1742, British, Scottish

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

May-Britt MoserMay-Britt Moser
04 January 1963, Norwegian
Professor, Neuroscientist, Psychologist, Physician
Ian MaclarenIan Maclaren
03 November 1850, British

William John Macquorn RankineWilliam John Macquorn Rankine
05 July 1820, British, Scottish
Engineer, Physicist, Civil engineer, University
Adam FergusonAdam Ferguson
20 June 1723, British
Philosopher, Librarian, Historian, Soldier,

John Scott HaldaneJohn Scott Haldane
03 May 1860, British
Inventor, Physiologist
Randy SchekmanRandy Schekman
30 December 1948, American
Peter D. MitchellPeter D. Mitchell
29 September 1920, British
Biochemist, Chemist, University teacher

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.