University Of Glasgow

Discover the notable alumni of University Of Glasgow. The list includes people like Alistair Maclean, Nikki Cross, Mark Millar, Neil Oliver & John Cairncross. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as miscellaneous, leaders, writers, intellectuals & academics and physicians etc.
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 1 
Adam Smith
(18th Century Scottish Economist Who is Considered the Father of Modern Economics)
Adam Smith
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Birthdate: June 5, 1723
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland
Died: July 17, 1790

Widely considered The Father of Economics, Adam Smith was a Scottish philosopher and economist. A pioneer of political economy, Adam Smith played a major role during the Scottish Enlightenment. His book The Wealth of Nations is regarded as the first modern work of economics and a forerunner of today's academic discipline of economics.

 2 
David Livingstone
(Scottish Physician, Explorer and Missionary)
David Livingstone
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 19, 1813
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Scotland
Died: May 1, 1873

David Livingstone was a Scottish physician who played a major role at the London Missionary Society, where he was a pioneer Christian missionary. He is also remembered for his work as a missionary in Africa. Widely considered one of the most famous British heroes of the late Victorian era, Livingstone was mentioned in the 100 Greatest Britons list in 2002.

 3 
Gerard Butler
(Scottish Actor and Film Producer)
Gerard Butler
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Birthdate: November 13, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland

Gerard Butler is one of the most popular and successful actors from Scotland. He came into prominence with the portrayal of King Leonidas in the fantasy war film 300. Apart from acting, he participates in fundraising events and charity programs. Interestingly, Butler tried his hand at acting only after being fired a week before becoming a qualified lawyer!

 4 
John Knox
(Religious Leader and Founder of the Presbyterian Church of Scotland)
John Knox
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Birthdate: 1514 AD
Birthplace: Giffordgate, Haddington, Scotland
Died: November 24, 1572

John Knox was a Scottish minister, writer, and theologian. Knox, who played a major role in the Scottish Reformation, is also credited with founding the Presbyterian Church of Scotland. Considered a major contributor to the field of theology, John Knox's statue stands tall at New College in the University of Edinburgh, UK.

 5 
Nikki Cross
(Scottish Professional Wrestler)
Nikki Cross
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 21, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

Known as Nikki Cross and Nikki A.S.H., Scottish wrestler Nicola Glencross had been a 3-time WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion. She is best known for her victory at the 2021 Money in the Bank Ladder Match. She has a master’s degree in history and is also a certified fitness trainer.

 6 
Nicholas Parsons
(English Actor Known for His Radio Show ‘Just a Minute’ and Game Show ‘Sale of the Century’)
Nicholas Parsons
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Birthdate: October 10, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Grantham, Lincolnshire, England
Died: January 28, 2020
 7 
James Boswell
(Best Known for His Biography of His Friend and Older Contemporary the English Writer 'Samuel Johnson')
James Boswell
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 29, 1740
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: May 19, 1795

Best known for his biography of his friend Samuel Johnson, 18th-century biographer and diarist James Boswell was also a qualified lawyer. Know for his reckless lifestyle and his trysts with prostitutes, he had contracted gonorrhea and had also fathered many children, including two illegitimate ones.

 8 
Neil Oliver
(Scottish TV Presenter, Archaeologist and Host of BBC Documentary Series 'A History of Scotland' and 'Vikings')
Neil Oliver
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Birthdate: February 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Renfrew, Scotland

Neil Oliver is a Scottish author and television presenter best known for presenting many documentary series on history and archaeology, such as Coast, Vikings, and A History of Scotland. Oliver is also known for his association with the popular conservation organization National Trust for Scotland, where he served as the president from 2017 to 2020.

 9 
William Ramsay
(Scottish Chemist Who Discovered the Noble Gases)
William Ramsay
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 2, 1852
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Died: July 23, 1916

The son of a civil engineer, Nobel Prize-winning Scottish chemist William Ramsay revolutionized science with his pathbreaking discovery of the noble gases, thus forming an entirely new segment of the periodic table. He is also remembered for his long association with UCL. He was knighted for his achievements.

 10 
Liam Fox
(British Politician and the Member of Parliament for North Somerset)
Liam Fox
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 22, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: East Kilbride, Scotland

British politician Liam Fox has held important posts, such as that of the Secretary of State for International Trade and has also chaired the Conservative Party. He is also a qualified general physician and a former civilian army medical officer. He is married to a fellow doctor.

 11 
Alistair Maclean
(One of the Best-Selling Fiction Authors of All Time)
Alistair Maclean
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 21, 1922
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Shettleston, Glasgow, Scotland
Died: February 2, 1987

Alistair Maclean was a Scottish novelist best remembered for writing popular adventure stories. Having sold more than 150 million copies, Alistair Maclean is widely regarded as one of the best-selling fiction authors. Many of his works, including Where Eagles Dare, Ice Station Zebra, and The Guns of Navarone, have been made into popular films.

 12 
Mark Millar
(Comic Book Writer)
Mark Millar
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 24, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, Scotland, UK
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 13 
Vince Cable
(Political Leader)
Vince Cable
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 9, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: York, England, UK
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 14 
Jocelyn Bell Burnell
(British Astrophysicist Who Discovered the First Radio Pulsars)
Jocelyn Bell Burnell
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: July 15, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lurgan, Northern Ireland

Jocelyn Bell Burnell is an astrophysicist from Northern Ireland. As a postgraduate student, she discovered the first radio pulsars. She graduated from the University of Glasgow and pursued an academic career. In 2018, she received the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics for her discovery of radio pulsars. She donated the three million dollars she received as prize money.  

 15 
Moshood Abiola
(Nigerian Politician, Businessman, and Publisher)
Moshood Abiola
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 24, 1937
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Abeokuta, Nigeria
Died: July 7, 1998
Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola was a Nigerian politician, businessman, and publisher. Nicknamed the President Who Never Ruled, Abiola took part in the presidential elections in 1993. Unfortunately, the results of the election were annulled by Ibrahim Babangida, claiming that the election was corrupt and unfair. By the time of his demise, Abiola had become a symbol of democracy.
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A. J. Cronin
(Scottish Novelist Best Known for His Novel 'The Citadel')
A. J. Cronin
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: July 19, 1896
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cardross, Scotland
Died: January 6, 1981
A. J. Cronin was a Scottish novelist and physician best remembered for his 1937 novel The Citadel. The novel, which received the National Book Award in 1937, helped inspire the creation of the National Health Service. Many of his books, including The Citadel, have been adapted to films. His novella Country Doctor inspired a TV series titled Dr. Finlay's Casebook.
 17 
Katherine Grainger
(Rower)
Katherine Grainger
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 12, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Laura Muir
(Scottish Middle and Long-Distance Runner)
Laura Muir
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 9, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Inverness, Scotland

Scottish runner Laura Muir scripted history by becoming the first athlete to earn 2 golds at 2 consecutive events at any European Indoor Championship. Not known to many, she is also a trained vet. She also won a silver at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Surprisingly, her clean diet bars coffee.

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Emeli Sandé
(R&B Singer Best Remebered for her Album 'Our Vision of Events')
Emeli Sandé
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 10, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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James Wilson
(One of the Founding Fathers of the United States & a Signatory of the Declaration of Independence)
James Wilson
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: September 14, 1742
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fife, Scotland
Died: August 21, 1798

James Wilson was an American statesman, legal scholar, politician, and founding father of the United States of America. He served as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1789 to 1798.  A leading legal theorist, he played a key role in drafting the United States Constitution. He was also a professor of law. 

 21 
Increase Mather
(British Clergyman)
Increase Mather
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 21, 1639
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Massachusetts Bay Colony, United States
Died: August 23, 1723

Puritan clergyman Increase Mather was educated at Harvard and Trinity and preached his first sermon the day he turned 18. The son of Puritan minister Richard Mather, he penned An Essay for the Recording of Illustrious Providences, which is said to have influenced the Salem witch trials.

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Nicola Sturgeon
(First Minister of Scotland and Leader of the Scottish National Party)
Nicola Sturgeon
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: July 19, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland

Nicola Sturgeon is a Scottish politician. Since 2014, Sturgeon has been serving as the leader of the Scottish National Party and first minister of Scotland. Being the first woman to serve in these positions, Nicola Sturgeon is seen as a major inspiration to women across Scotland.

 23 
Danny Bhoy
(Comedian)
Danny Bhoy
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Birthdate: January 16, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Moffat, Scotland
 24 
Henry Campbell-Bannerman
(Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1905-08))
Henry Campbell-Bannerman
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 7, 1836
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Died: April 22, 1908
 25 
William Boyd
(Novelist)
William Boyd
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 7, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Accra, Gold Coast (British colony) Gold Coast
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Colin Bryce
(British Olympic Bobsledder and Television Presenter)
Colin Bryce
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Birthdate: August 4, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Andrew Watson
(One of the First Black People to Play Association Football at the International Level)
Andrew Watson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 24, 1856
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Demerara, Guyana
Died: March 8, 1921

Widely known as Scotland’s first Black footballer, Andrew Watson was also the first Black player to play international association football. The son of a Guyanese woman and a Scottish plantation owner, he moved to Britain with his father as a child. He was also an engineer and a wholesale business owner.

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John Buchan
(15th Governor General of Canada (1935 -1940))
John Buchan
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 26, 1875
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Perth, Perthshire, Scotland
Died: February 11, 1940

Apart from being a Unionist politician who had also been the Governor General of Canada, John Buchan was also a notable writer of adventure fiction, thrillers, and historical novels. Best known for his novel The Thirty-Nine Steps, he also penned a 24-volume history of World War I.

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John Cairncross
(British Civil Servant Who Was Accused of Being a Soviet Spy)
John Cairncross
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 25, 1913
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Died: October 8, 1995

British civil servant John Cairncross is remembered in history as one of the 5 men of the Cambridge spy ring who served as Soviet spies. He had to give up his civil service job amid accusations of him being a Soviet spy. He later began an academic career, teaching at Northwestern University.

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Tobias Smollett
(Scottish Poet and Author Best Known for Picaresque Novels)
Tobias Smollett
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: March 19, 1721
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Renton, Scotland
Died: September 17, 1771

Best known for his picaresque novels such as The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle, Scottish novelist Tobias Smollett was born into a family of lawyers and soldiers and initially attended medical training. Some believe he quit university without a degree, while it is also said he had served as a navy surgeon.

 31 
Joseph Dalton Hooker
(British Botanist, Explorer and Founder of Geographical Botany)
Joseph Dalton Hooker
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: June 30, 1817
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Halesworth, Suffolk, England
Died: December 10, 1911

British botanist Joseph Dalton Hooker is remembered as one of Charles Darwin’s greatest supporters. The man who is known as the pioneer of geographical botany, Hooker followed in the footsteps of his botanist father. The Copley Medal winner is also known for his iconic work Genera Plantarum.

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Francis Hutcheson
(Scotch-Irish Philosopher and a Leading Figure of the Scottish Enlightenment)
Francis Hutcheson
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Birthdate: August 8, 1694
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saintfield, County Down, Ulster, Ireland
Died: August 8, 1746

Scotch-Irish philosopher Francis Hutcheson is remembered as a pioneering figure of the Scottish Enlightenment. An Irish Presbyterian preacher, he also taught moral philosophy at Glasgow University. He believed in internal senses, apart from the 5 external senses. His 2-volume System of Moral Philosophy, one of his best-known works, was released posthumously.

 33 
Charles Kennedy
(British Leader of the Liberal Democrats)
Charles Kennedy
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 25, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Inverness, Scotland
Died: June 1, 2015

At 23, Charles Kennedy won the Ross, Cromarty and Skye seat, thus beginning his 32-year political career. The Liberal Democrats leader apparently had to hire someone to delete the continuous deluge of abusive comments on social media before the 2015 election. He died due to alcohol-related issues at 55.

 34 
James Morton
(Chef Being a Runner-up on Season 3 of The Great British Bake Off)
James Morton
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Listed In: Food Experts
Birthdate: May 26, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Inverness, Scotland
 35 
Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara
(Politician)
Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 16, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Barajali, The Gambia
Died: August 27, 2019
 36 
James McGill
(Scottish Canadian Businessman and Philanthropist, Best Known for Being the Founder of 'McGill University')
James McGill
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 6, 1744
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Died: December 19, 1813

James McGill was a Scottish Canadian politician, philanthropist, and businessman best remembered for founding McGill University in Montreal, Canada. One of the most important members of the Château Clique, McGill was also one of the founding members of the famous gentleman's dining club, The Beaver Club.

 37 
Thomas Campbell
(Poet)
Thomas Campbell
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 27, 1777
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Died: June 15, 1844

Scottish poet Thomas Campbell is best known for his emotional war poems and songs, such as Ye Mariners of England. He was also one of the men behind the formation of University College London. Though he initially intended to study law, he later ended up writing some of the best patriotic lyrics.

 38 
Regina Ip
(Non-official Member of the Executive Council of Hongkong)
Regina Ip
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 24, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hong Kong
 39 
Donald Campbell Dewar
(Politician)
Donald Campbell Dewar
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 21, 1937
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Died: October 11, 2000
 40 
John Rankin
(Governor of the British Virgin Islands)
John Rankin
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 12, 1957
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: England
 41 
Archibald Campbell, 9th Earl of Argyll
(Soldier)
Archibald Campbell, 9th Earl of Argyll
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 26, 1629
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dalkeith, Scotland
Died: June 30, 1685
 42 
Helen MacInnes
(Author)
Helen MacInnes
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 7, 1907
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland,United Kingdom
Died: September 30, 1985
 43 
William Hunter
(Physician)
William Hunter
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: May 23, 1718
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Long Calderwood, Scotland
Died: March 30, 1783

Physician William Hunter is remembered for his efforts in making obstetrics a branch of medicine. After observing medical students in France, he introduced the use of cadavers for dissection in Britain. The Hunterian Museum in Scotland started with a collection of his belongings, including books and works of art.

 44 
Craig Reedie
(Sports Administrator)
Craig Reedie
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 6, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Stirling, Scotland
 45 
Joanna Baillie
(Scottish Poet and Dramatist Best Known by Her Plays on the Passions)
Joanna Baillie
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 11, 1762
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hamilton, Scotland
Died: February 23, 1851

Joanna Baillie was a Scottish dramatist and poet who recieved critical acclaim for her works, such as Fugitive Verses and Plays on the Passions. One of her most popular works DeMonfort helped inspire Byron's drama, Manford. Baillie was also known for her philanthropic efforts; she donated half her earnings to charity and took an active part in several philanthropic activities.

 46 
Donald Kaberuka
(Economist)
Donald Kaberuka
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Birthdate: October 5, 1951
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Byumba, Rwanda
 47 
Ahmed Muthasim Adnan
(Politician)
Ahmed Muthasim Adnan
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 9, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Malé, Maldives
 48 
James Bryce, 1st Viscount Bryce
(Historian)
James Bryce, 1st Viscount Bryce
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Birthdate: May 10, 1838
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Died: January 22, 1922
 49 
John Scott Russell
(Scottish Civil Engineer, Naval Architect and Shipbuilder Best Known for Researches in Ship Design)
John Scott Russell
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: May 9, 1808
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Parkhead, Glasgow, Scotland
Died: June 8, 1882

Glasgow-born civil engineer John Scott Russell is best remembered for his contribution to naval architecture. He was the first to build a naval battleship entirely made of iron, the HMS Warrior. His written works include the 3-volume The Modern System of Naval Architecture. He also discovered Russell's solitary wave.

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John Boyd Orr
(Scottish Nutritional Physiologist Who Won Nobel Peace Prize for His Scientific Research Into Nutrition)
John Boyd Orr
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 23, 1880
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kilmaurs, Scotland
Died: June 25, 1971

Apart from being a scientist and physician, John Boyd Orr also conducted ground-breaking research on nutrition. The Nobel Peace Prize winner, who was known for his campaigns to end world hunger, had also served the British army and navy as a medical officer. He was later knighted, too.