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

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

 2 Alexander Graham Bell

Alexander Graham Bell.
2
Famous As: Inventor of Telephone
Birthdate: March 3, 1847
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Edinburgh
Died: August 2, 1922

 3 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
5
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer & Physician
Birthdate: May 22, 1859
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Scotland
Died: July 7, 1930

 4 Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson.
2
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist, Poet
Birthdate: November 13, 1850
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: December 3, 1894

 5 David Hume

David Hume.
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Famous As: Philosopher & Historian
Birthdate: April 26, 1711
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: August 25, 1776

 6 Sarojini Naidu

Sarojini Naidu.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet and Freedom Fighter
Birthdate: February 13, 1879
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: India
Died: March 2, 1949

 7 Sir James Matthew Barrie

Sir James Matthew Barrie.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: May 9, 1860
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kirriemuir, Angus, Scotland
Died: June 19, 1937
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 8 Pippa Middleton

Pippa Middleton.
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Socialite, Author
Birthdate: September 6, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Reading, Berkshire
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 9 Walter Scott

Walter Scott.
4
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: August 15, 1771
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: September 21, 1832

 10 Michael McIntyre

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

 11 Julius Nyerere

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

 12 Eric Liddell

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

 13 Angus Macfadyen

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

 14 Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

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

 15 Oliver Goldsmith

Oliver Goldsmith.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist, Playwright, Poet
Birthdate: November 10, 1728
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ballymahon
Died: April 4, 1774

 16 Miles Jupp

Miles Jupp
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Famous As: Comedian, Actor
Birthdate: September 8, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London

 17 Klaus Fuchs

Klaus Fuchs.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Theoretical Physicist and Atomic Spy
Birthdate: December 29, 1911
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rüsselsheim, German Empire
Died: January 28, 1988

 18 David Paulides

David Paulides.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Cryptozoologist
Birthdate: 0000 AD

 19 Robert Liston

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

 20 Chris Hoy

Chris Hoy
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Sport cyclist, Racecar driver
Birthdate: March 23, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Edinburgh
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 21 Darius Campbell

Darius Campbell
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Singer, Opera singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: August 19, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Glasgow
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)

 22 Richard Owen

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

 23 Bill Turnbull

Bill Turnbull
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Famous As: Journalist, Presenter
Birthdate: January 25, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Guildford

 24 Philippa Gregory

Philippa Gregory
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist, Writer
Birthdate: January 9, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nairobi

 25 Prafulla Chandra Ray

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

 26 Benjamin Rush

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

 27 Robert Stephenson

Robert Stephenson
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Listed In: Engineers
Famous As: Engineer, Civil engineer, Politician
Birthdate: October 16, 1803
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Willington Quay
Died: October 12, 1859

 28 Ian Charleson

Ian Charleson
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Famous As: Scottish actor
Birthdate: August 11, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: January 6, 1990

 29 Patrick Malahide

Patrick Malahide
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 24, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Berkshire, England, UK

 30 Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald

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

 31 Christy Clark

Christy Clark
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician, Radio personality
Birthdate: October 29, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Burnaby

 32 Ian Rankin

Ian Rankin
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer, Novelist
Birthdate: April 28, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Scotland

 33 Katherine Grainger

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

 34 Geoffrey Hinton

Geoffrey Hinton
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Computer scientist
Birthdate: December 6, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Wimbledon

 35 Mungo Park

Mungo Park.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: September 11, 1771
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Selkirkshire
Died: 1806 AD

 36 Magdalen Berns

Magdalen Berns
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Listed In: YouTubers
Famous As: YouTuber
Birthdate: May 6, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
Died: September 13, 2019

 37 Peter C. Doherty

Peter C. Doherty.
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Scientist, Nobel Prize Winner
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Brisbane, Australia

 38 Bill Moyers

Bill Moyers
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Famous As: Former White House Press Secretary
Birthdate: June 5, 1934
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hugo, Oklahoma, United States

 39 Robert Brown

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

 40 Bruce Chatwin

Bruce Chatwin
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: May 13, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, UK
Died: January 18, 1989
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 41 Hastings Banda

Hastings Banda
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: President
Birthdate: February 15, 1898
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kasungu, Malawi
Died: November 25, 1997

 42 David Brewster

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

 43 James Wilson

James Wilson.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Founding Fathers of the United States
Birthdate: September 14, 1742
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fife
Died: August 21, 1798

 44 Sharman Macdonald

Sharman Macdonald
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Playwright, Writer, Screenwriter
Birthdate: February 8, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Glasgow

 45 Sam Denby

Sam Denby.
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Listed In: YouTubers
Famous As: Youtuber
Birthdate: March 17, 1997
Sun Sign: Pisces

 46 James Hutton

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

 47 John Hick

John Hick
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Famous As: Paramedic, Philosopher, University teacher
Birthdate: January 20, 1922
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Scarborough
Died: February 9, 2012

 48 John Boyd Dunlop

John Boyd Dunlop
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Famous As: Inventor, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: February 5, 1840
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dreghorn
Died: October 23, 1921
Height: 5'0" (152 cm)

 49 Immanuel Velikovsky

Immanuel Velikovsky.
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: June 10, 1895
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vitebsk
Died: November 17, 1979

 50 Robert Indiana

Robert Indiana
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Famous As: Costume designer, Painter, Sculptor, Postage stamp designer
Birthdate: September 13, 1928
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New Castle
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.