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
Gordon BrownGordon Brown
20 February 1951, British
 

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

Alexander Graham BellAlexander Graham Bell
03 March 1847, Canadian, Scottish
Inventor of Telephone

Sir Arthur Conan DoyleSir Arthur Conan Doyle
22 May 1859, British, Scottish
Writer & Physician

Adam SmithAdam Smith
16 June 1723, Scottish
Economist and Philosopher
Robert Louis StevensonRobert Louis Stevenson
13 November 1850, Scottish
Novelist, Poet

Maximilian Carl Emil WeberMax Weber
21 April 1864, German
Sociologist

Pippa MiddletonPippa Middleton
06 September 1983, British
Socialite, Author
David HumeDavid Hume
26 April 1711, Scottish
Philosopher & Historian

Walter ScottWalter Scott
15 August 1771, Scottish
Novelist
Klaus FuchsKlaus Fuchs
29 December 1911, German
Theoretical Physicist and Atomic Spy

David PaulidesDavid Paulides
 , American
Cryptozoologist

Thomas CarlyleThomas Carlyle
04 December 1795, Scottish
Philosopher

Eric LiddellEric Liddell
16 January 1902, Scottish
 

Robert ListonRobert Liston
28 October 1794, Scottish
Surgeon
Benjamin RushBenjamin Rush
04 January 1746, American
 

Oliver GoldsmithOliver Goldsmith
10 November 1728, Irish, British
Novelist, Playwright, Poet

Mungo ParkMungo Park
11 September 1771, British
Explorer

Sam DenbySam Denby
17 March 1997, American
Youtuber
Prafulla Chandra RayPrafulla Chandra Ray
02 August 1861, Indian
Chemist

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

Igor Yevgenyevich TammIgor Tamm
08 July 1895, Russian
Physicist

James WilsonJames Wilson
14 September 1742, American, Scottish
Founding Fathers of the United States
Peter Mark RogetPeter Mark Roget
18 January 1779, British
Lexicographer

Sir James A. MirrleesJames Mirrlees
05 July 1936, British
Economist
Hannah bagshaweHannah bagshawe
30 November 1982, British
Wife of Eddie Redmayne

John Rennie the ElderJohn Rennie the Elder
07 June 1761, Scottish
Civil Engineer

Edward Victor AppletonEdward Victor Appleton
06 September 1892, British
Physicist
Robert BrownRobert Brown
21 December 1773, British, Scottish
Botanist

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Kevin McKiddKevin McKidd
09 August 1973, British, American, Scottish
Actor
Marcus MumfordMarcus Mumford
31 January 1987, British, American
Singer

Michael McIntyreMichael McIntyre
21 February 1976, British
Comedian

Rachael StirlingRachael Stirling
30 May 1977, British
Actress

James C. MaxwellJames C. Maxwell
13 June 1831, British, Scottish
Scientist
Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount PalmerstonHenry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston
20 October 1784, British
Politician
Angus MacfadyenAngus Macfadyen
21 September 1963, British, Scottish
Actor

Miles JuppMiles Jupp
08 September 1979, British
Comedian, Actor

Max RichterMax Richter
22 March 1966, German, British
Composer

Maria BamfordMaria Bamford
03 September 1970, American
Stand-up comedian
Philippa GregoryPhilippa Gregory
09 January 1954, British
Novelist, Writer

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

Ian RankinIan Rankin
28 April 1960, British
Writer, Novelist

Darius CampbellDarius Campbell
19 August 1980, British
Singer, Opera singer, Songwriter

Sharman MacdonaldSharman Macdonald
08 February 1951, British
Playwright, Writer, Screenwriter
Chris HoyChris Hoy
23 March 1976, British
Sport cyclist, Racecar driver

Patrick MalahidePatrick Malahide
24 March 1945, British
Actor
Geoffrey HintonGeoffrey Hinton
06 December 1947, British
Computer scientist

William WalkerWilliam Walker
08 May 1824, American
President

Tom ChaplinTom Chaplin
08 March 1979, British
Musician
Ian CharlesonIan Charleson
11 August 1949, Scottish
Scottish actor

Bill MoyersBill Moyers
05 June 1934, American
Former White House Press Secretary
Bill TurnbullBill Turnbull
25 January 1956, British
Journalist, Presenter

Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of DundonaldThomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald
14 December 1775, British, Scottish
Politician

Bruce ChatwinBruce Chatwin
13 May 1940, British
Writer

Christy ClarkChristy Clark
29 October 1965, Canadian
Politician, Radio personality

James BoswellJames Boswell
18 October 1740, British, Scottish
Biographer
Hastings BandaHastings Banda
15 February 1898, Malawian
President

Tessa JowellTessa Jowell
17 September 1947, British
Politician

Samuel SeaburySamuel Seabury
30 November 1729, American
Bishop

Richard OwenRichard Owen
20 July 1804, British
Biologist
John WitherspoonJohn Witherspoon
05 February 1723, American
Politician, Theologian

James HuttonJames Hutton
03 June 1726, British, Scottish
Geologist
Joel Roberts PoinsettJoel Roberts Poinsett
02 March 1779, American
Physician

John Boyd DunlopJohn Boyd Dunlop
05 February 1840, British
Inventor, Entrepreneur

Charles TupperCharles Tupper
02 July 1821, Canadian
Politician
Robert KnoxRobert Knox
04 September 1791, British
Military physician

Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount MelvilleHenry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville
28 April 1742, British, Scottish
Advocate
Robert StephensonRobert Stephenson
16 October 1803, British
Engineer, Civil engineer, Politician

Robert AdamRobert Adam
03 July 1728
Architect, Archaeologist, Politician

Hilton McRaeHilton McRae
28 December 1949, British
Actor
James Young SimpsonJames Young Simpson
07 June 1811, Scottish
Physician

Benjamin ConstantBenjamin Constant
25 October 1767, Swiss, French
Philosopher, Politician, Writer, Diarist
John Randolph of RoanokeJohn Randolph of Roanoke
02 June 1773, American
Politician

Yun Po SŏnYun Po Sŏn
26 August 1897, South Korean
President

Thomas BowdlerThomas Bowdler
11 July 1754, British
Physician, Chess player

Robert IndianaRobert Indiana
13 September 1928, American
Costume designer, Painter, Sculptor, Postage stamp
Jennie Lee, Baroness Lee of AsheridgeJennie Lee, Baroness Lee of Asheridge
03 November 1904, Scottish
Politician
John Alexander DowieJohn Alexander Dowie
25 May 1847, Scottish
Evangelist

Ian MaclarenIan Maclaren
03 November 1850, British
Writer

Samuel SmilesSamuel Smiles
23 December 1812, British, Scottish
Writer

James LindJames Lind
04 October 1716, Scottish
Doctor
John HickJohn Hick
20 January 1922, British
Paramedic, Philosopher, University teacher

Joseph BlackJoseph Black
16 April 1728, French, British, Scottish
Chemist, Physicist, Scientist, University teacher

Albert, 12th Prince of Thurn and TaxisAlbert, 12th Prince of Thurn and Taxis
24 June 1983, German
Businessman

James BruceJames Bruce
14 December 1730, British
Explorer, Archaeologist, Film editor, Botanist

David BrewsterDavid Brewster
11 December 1781, British, Scottish
Scientist
Charles BellCharles Bell
12 November 1774, British, Scottish
Surgeon

Kurt KoffkaKurt Koffka
18 March 1886, German
Psychologist, University teacher
James MacMillanJames MacMillan
16 July 1959, British
Conductor, Composer, Musicologist, Professor

James DewarJames Dewar
20 September 1842, British, Scottish
Chemist
MyloMylo
10 May 1978, British
Musician, Disc jockey, Record producer, Composer
William ThorntonWilliam Thornton
20 May 1759, British, American
Physician

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.