Famous Alumni of University Of Edinburgh - Celebrities from University Of Edinburgh

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.

Check out the list of notable University Of Edinburgh alumni. Some of the notable University Of Edinburgh students are Charles Darwin, Alexander Graham Bell, Adam Smith, David Hume and Robert Louis Stevenson.

The Most Famous Alumni of University Of Edinburgh

NameBirthdayNationalityBio
Sarojini NaiduFebruary 13, 1879IndianSarojini Naidu was an Indian freedom fighter and poet
Charles DarwinFebruary 12, 1809BritishCharles Darwin was one of the most influential figures in human history
David HumeApril 26, 1711ScottishDavid Hume was a Scottish philosopher, essayist and historian, known for his radical philosophical scepticism and empiricism
Eric LiddellJanuary 16, 1902ScottishEric Liddell was a Scottish athlete, rugby player and missionary
Peter C. DohertyAustralianPeter C Doherty is a renowned Australian scientist circle, who was received the Nobel Prize in Physiology for the discovery of how immune system recognizes virus-infected cells
Oliver GoldsmithNovember 10, 1728Irish, BritishOliver Goldsmith was an Anglo-Irish essayist and novelist of the 18th century
Robert Louis StevensonNovember 13, 1850ScottishRobert Louis Stevenson was a famous Scottish poet, novelist and travel writer
Adam SmithJune 16, 1723ScottishAdam Smith was a Scottish Philosopher and Political Economist
Klaus FuchsDecember 29, 1911GermanEmil Julius Klaus Fuchs was a German theoretical physicist and an atomic spy who provided valuable information to the Soviet Union
Gordon BrownFebruary 20, 1951BritishGordon Brown was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; he succeeded Tony Blair
James Mirrlees

James Mirrlees

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BritishJuly 5, 1936106 views

Igor Tamm

Igor Yevgenyevich Tamm was a Soviet physicist and mathematician who was jointly awarded ‘Nobel Prize in Physics’ in 1958

RussianJuly 8, 1895102 views

Klaus Fuchs

Emil Julius Klaus Fuchs was a German theoretical physicist and an atomic spy who provided valuable information to the Soviet Union

GermanDecember 29, 1911176 views

Mungo Park

Mungo Park was a Scottish explorer who attempted to explore the true course of the Niger River

BritishSeptember 11, 1771135 views

Robert Brown

Robert Brown was a renowned botanist, famous for having laid the foundation for what is today popularly called the ‘Brownian Motion’.Read on for detailed information about his childhood, profile, career and timeline

BritishDecember 21, 1773109 views

Alexander Graham Bell

Alexander Graham Bell was a Scottish-American scientist and inventor, referred to as ‘Father of the Telephone’

CanadianMarch 3, 1847120 views

Peter Mark Roget

Peter Mark Roget was an English physician and philologist who is most celebrated for 'Roget's Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases'.

BritishJanuary 18, 1779109 views

John Rennie the Elder

John Rennie was a Scottish civil engineer famous for building canals, harbours, and bridges

ScottishJune 7, 1761125 views

Prafulla Chandra Ray

Prafulla Chandra Ray was a renowned Indian Chemist who founded the chemical manufacture company ‘Bengal Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals Works Ltd.’

IndianAugust 2, 1861151 views

Walter Scott

Sir Walter Scott was a Scottish historical poet, novelist and playwright

ScottishAugust 15, 1771104 views