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
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
 

Robert Louis StevensonRobert Louis Stevenson
13 November 1850, Scottish
Novelist, Poet

David HumeDavid Hume
26 April 1711, Scottish
Philosopher & Historian
Maximilian Carl Emil WeberMax Weber
21 April 1864, German
Sociologist

Pippa MiddletonPippa Middleton
06 September 1983, British
Socialite, Author

Eric LiddellEric Liddell
16 January 1902, Scottish
 
Sarojini NaiduSarojini Naidu
13 February 1879, Indian
Poet and Freedom Fighter

Walter ScottWalter Scott
15 August 1771, Scottish
Novelist
Thomas CarlyleThomas Carlyle
04 December 1795, Scottish
Philosopher

David PaulidesDavid Paulides
 , American
Cryptozoologist

Benjamin RushBenjamin Rush
04 January 1746, American
 

Klaus FuchsKlaus Fuchs
29 December 1911, German
Theoretical Physicist and Atomic Spy

Robert ListonRobert Liston
28 October 1794, Scottish
Surgeon
Prafulla Chandra RayPrafulla Chandra Ray
02 August 1861, Indian
Chemist

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

Sam DenbySam Denby
17 March 1997, American
Youtuber

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

Sir Arthur Conan DoyleSir Arthur Conan Doyle
22 May 1859, British, Scottish
Writer & Physician
Igor Yevgenyevich TammIgor Tamm
08 July 1895, Russian
Physicist

James WilsonJames Wilson
14 September 1742, American, Scottish
Founding Fathers of the United States

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

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

Mungo ParkMungo Park
11 September 1771, British
Explorer

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

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Kevin McKiddKevin McKidd
09 August 1973, British, American, Scottish
Actor
Michael McIntyreMichael McIntyre
21 February 1976, British
Comedian

Marcus MumfordMarcus Mumford
31 January 1987, British, American
Singer

Rachael StirlingRachael Stirling
30 May 1977, British
Actress

Angus MacfadyenAngus Macfadyen
21 September 1963, British, Scottish
Actor
Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount MelvilleHenry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville
28 April 1742, British, Scottish
Advocate
Maria BamfordMaria Bamford
03 September 1970, American
Stand-up comedian

Max RichterMax Richter
22 March 1966, German, British
Composer

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

Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount PalmerstonHenry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston
20 October 1784, British
Politician
Ian CharlesonIan Charleson
11 August 1949, Scottish
Scottish actor

Miles JuppMiles Jupp
08 September 1979, British
Comedian, Actor

Chris HoyChris Hoy
23 March 1976, British
Sport cyclist, Racecar driver

Samuel SeaburySamuel Seabury
30 November 1729, American
Bishop

Philippa GregoryPhilippa Gregory
09 January 1954, British
Novelist, Writer
Geoffrey HintonGeoffrey Hinton
06 December 1947, British
Computer scientist

Darius CampbellDarius Campbell
19 August 1980, British
Singer, Opera singer, Songwriter
Patrick MalahidePatrick Malahide
24 March 1945, British
Actor

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

Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of DundonaldThomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald
14 December 1775, British, Scottish
Politician
Ian RankinIan Rankin
28 April 1960, British
Writer, Novelist

Tom ChaplinTom Chaplin
08 March 1979, British
Musician
Hastings BandaHastings Banda
15 February 1898, Malawian
President

Bill TurnbullBill Turnbull
25 January 1956, British
Journalist, Presenter

John WitherspoonJohn Witherspoon
05 February 1723, American
Politician, Theologian

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

Bruce ChatwinBruce Chatwin
13 May 1940, British
Writer
James BoswellJames Boswell
18 October 1740, British, Scottish
Biographer

Richard OwenRichard Owen
20 July 1804, British
Biologist

Robert StephensonRobert Stephenson
16 October 1803, British
Engineer, Civil engineer, Politician

John Boyd DunlopJohn Boyd Dunlop
05 February 1840, British
Inventor, Entrepreneur
James HuttonJames Hutton
03 June 1726, British, Scottish
Geologist

John Alexander DowieJohn Alexander Dowie
25 May 1847, Scottish
Evangelist
John Randolph of RoanokeJohn Randolph of Roanoke
02 June 1773, American
Politician

Robert AdamRobert Adam
03 July 1728
Architect, Archaeologist, Politician

Robert KnoxRobert Knox
04 September 1791, British
Military physician
Benjamin ConstantBenjamin Constant
25 October 1767, Swiss, French
Philosopher, Politician, Writer, Diarist

Hilton McRaeHilton McRae
28 December 1949, British
Actor
Charles TupperCharles Tupper
02 July 1821, Canadian
Politician

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

Thomas BowdlerThomas Bowdler
11 July 1754, British
Physician, Chess player
Robert IndianaRobert Indiana
13 September 1928, American
Costume designer, Painter, Sculptor, Postage stamp

James Young SimpsonJames Young Simpson
07 June 1811, Scottish
Physician
James LindJames Lind
04 October 1716, Scottish
Doctor

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

Jennie Lee, Baroness Lee of AsheridgeJennie Lee, Baroness Lee of Asheridge
03 November 1904, Scottish
Politician

John HickJohn Hick
20 January 1922, British
Paramedic, Philosopher, University teacher
Samuel SmilesSamuel Smiles
23 December 1812, British, Scottish
Writer
MyloMylo
10 May 1978, British
Musician, Disc jockey, Record producer, Composer

Hugh MacDiarmidHugh MacDiarmid
11 August 1892, Scottish
Poet

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

Ian MaclarenIan Maclaren
03 November 1850, British
Writer
Hamish ClarkHamish Clark
26 July 1965, British
Stage actor, Film actor

William John Macquorn RankineWilliam John Macquorn Rankine
05 July 1820, British, Scottish
Engineer, Physicist, Civil engineer, University

Henry WinterHenry Winter
18 February 1963, British
Journalist

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

Adam FergusonAdam Ferguson
20 June 1723, British
Philosopher, Librarian, Historian, Soldier,
John Shepherd-BarronJohn Shepherd-Barron
23 June 1925, British
Inventor, Military personnel

Piers SellersPiers Sellers
11 April 1955, British, American
Astronaut, Scientist, Meteorologist
James DewarJames Dewar
20 September 1842, British, Scottish
Chemist

May-Britt MoserMay-Britt Moser
04 January 1963, Norwegian
Professor, Neuroscientist, Psychologist, Physician
William CullenWilliam Cullen
15 April 1710, British, Scottish
Physician, Chemist, Farmer, Academic, University
Fraser StoddartFraser Stoddart
24 May 1942, British, American
Chemist

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.