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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Heriot-Watt University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Heriot-Watt University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Heriot-Watt University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Heriot-Watt University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Heriot-Watt University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Heriot-Watt University.

Items include everything from Muriel Spark to Irvine Welsh.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Heriot-Watt University?” and “Which celebrities are Heriot-Watt University alumni?”

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Muriel Spark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Heriot-Watt University Alumni
Poet, Novelist, Author Dame Muriel Spark, DBE, CLit, FRSE, FRSL was an award-winning Scottish novelist. In 2008 The Times newspaper named Spark in its list of "the 50 greatest British writers since 1945", at

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Irvine Welsh is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Heriot-Watt University Alumni
Novelist, Film Producer, Screenwriter Irvine Welsh is a Scottish novelist, playwright and short story writer. He is recognised for his novel Trainspotting, which was later made into a critically acclaimed film of the same name. His ...more

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James Nasmyth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Heriot-Watt University Alumni
Inventor, Engineer James Hall Nasmyth was a Scottish engineer and inventor famous for his development of the steam hammer. He was the co-founder of Nasmyth, Gaskell and Company manufacturers of machine tools. He ...more

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Gary Younge is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Heriot-Watt University Alumni
Journalist, Author Gary Younge is a British journalist, author and broadcaster.

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Bernie Grant is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Heriot-Watt University Alumni
Bernie Grant Politician Bernard Alexander Montgomery Grant, known simply as Bernie Grant, was a British Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament for Tottenham from 1987 to his death in 2000.

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Fiona Hyslop is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Heriot-Watt University Alumni
Politician Fiona Hyslop is a Scottish politician who has been the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs and the Scottish National Party Member of the Scottish Parliament for Linlithgow ...more

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Lisa Kearney is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Heriot-Watt University Alumni
Lisa Kearney Athlete Lisa Kearney is a judoka.

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Graham Watson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Heriot-Watt University Alumni
Politician Sir Graham Robert Watson is a British Liberal Democrat politician. He served as a Member of the European Parliament for South West England from 1994 until 2014 and was the leader of the Group of ...more

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Sarah Boyack is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Heriot-Watt University Alumni
Sarah Boyack Sarah Boyack is a Scottish Labour MSP for the Lothian region and formerly constituency MSP for Edinburgh Central in the Scottish Parliament.

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Mike Watson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Heriot-Watt University Alumni
Michael Goodall Watson, Baron Watson of Invergowrie, known as Mike Watson, is a British Labour Party politician. He has sat in three legislatures in the United Kingdom and served as Minister for ...more

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David Martin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Heriot-Watt University Alumni
Politician David Martin is a British Labour Party politician, and member of the European Parliament for Scotland. He was educated outside of Edinburgh at Liberton High School. He was first elected as a ...more

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John Thomson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Heriot-Watt University Alumni
Journalist, Photographer John Thomson was a pioneering Scottish photographer, geographer and traveller. He was one of the first photographers to travel to the Far East, documenting the people, landscapes and artifacts ...more

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Joanne Yeoh is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Heriot-Watt University Alumni
Joanne Yeoh Joanne Yeoh Pei Sze, is a Malaysian violinist and currently a lecturer in music at Universiti Putra Malaysia. Yeoh began playing piano at the age of four and violin at eight. Although ...more

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Mark MacGregor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Heriot-Watt University Alumni
Mark MacGregor Politician Mark MacGregor is a British Conservative Party politician. As a student, he was Chairman of the Federation of Conservative Students. Subsequently, he fought several parliamentary elections for ...more

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Martin O'Neill, Baron O'Neill ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Heriot-Watt University Alumni
Martin O'Neill, Baron O'Neill of Clackmannan Politician Martin John O'Neill, Baron O'Neill of Clackmannan is a Scottish politician.

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Archy Kirkwood, Baron Kirkwood... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Heriot-Watt University Alumni
Archibald Johnstone Kirkwood, Baron Kirkwood of Kirkhope, PC is a Liberal Democrat politician in the United Kingdom.

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Shirley Robertson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Heriot-Watt University Alumni
Sailor Shirley Ann Robertson, OBE is a Scottish sailor and Olympic gold medallist. She made it into the history books by becoming the first British woman to win two Olympic gold medals at consecutive ...more

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Fiona Watson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Heriot-Watt University Alumni
Fiona Watson Fiona Watson was a Scottish political affairs officer working in Sérgio Vieira de Mello's office who was killed along with other members of United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq staff ...more

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Henning Skumsvoll is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Heriot-Watt University Alumni
Henning Skumsvoll Politician Henning Skumsvoll is a Norwegian politician representing the Progress Party. He is currently a representative of Vest-Agder in the Storting, he was first elected in 2005. He was elected vice ...more

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Jack Ross is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Heriot-Watt University Alumni
Jack Ross John James "Jack" Ross is a retired Scottish professional footballer and coach. Ross played as a defender and midfielder for Dundee, Forfar Athletic, Camelon Juniors, Clyde, Hartlepool ...more

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Adam Crozier is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Heriot-Watt University Alumni
Adam Crozier Businessperson Adam Crozier is a Scottish businessman, and the current chief executive officer of media company ITV plc, operator of the television channel ITV in England and Wales. After a career at Saatchi ...more

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Brian Monteith is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Heriot-Watt University Alumni
Brian Monteith Brian Monteith is a Scottish public relations consultant, politician and commentator, who was a Conservative Member of the Scottish Parliament between 1999 and 2007.

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Deepak Tripathi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Heriot-Watt University Alumni
Deepak Tripathi Journalist Deepak Tripathi, PhD, FRHistS, FRAS is a British historian with particular reference to South Asia, the Middle East, the Cold War and the United States in the post-Soviet world.

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Dirk Blaauw is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Heriot-Watt University Alumni
Dirk Blaauw Dirk Blaauw is a Norwegian businessperson. Currently, he is CEO of Blom, a leading European service provider within acquisition, processing and modeling of geographic information. Blaauw holds a ...more

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Ingvald Godal is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Heriot-Watt University Alumni
Ingvald Godal Ingvald Godal is a Norwegian politician for the Centre Party and later the Conservative Party. For the former party he was a State Secretary as well as mayor of Vinje; for the latter party he ...more

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Jock Clear is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Heriot-Watt University Alumni
Jock Clear Engineer Jock Clear, born 1963 in Portsmouth, Hampshire, is a senior performance engineer working for Scuderia Ferrari, who previously was the engineer for Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher. ...more

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Christina Cruickshank Miller is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Heriot-Watt University Alumni
Christina Cruickshank Miller Christina Cruickshank Miller was a Scottish chemist and one of the first five women elected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

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Roger Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Heriot-Watt University Alumni
Entrepreneur, Financier Roger Allan Jenkins is a British financier. From 1994 to 2009 Jenkins worked for Barclays in a variety of roles, including as Chief Executive of Barclays Capital's Private Equity Group, and from ...more

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Liam Burns is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Heriot-Watt University Alumni
Liam Burns Liam Burns was President of the National Union of Students in the United Kingdom. He took office on 1 July 2011, succeeding outgoing President Aaron Porter. Burns stood for NUS President as an ...more

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Teo Ho Pin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Heriot-Watt University Alumni
Teo Ho Pin Dr. Teo Ho Pin is a Singaporean politician. A member of the country's governing People's Action Party, Teo is a Member of Parliament representing the Bukit Panjang Single Member Constituency. He ...more

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Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Heriot-Watt University Alumni
Lee Jones Lee Jones is a Scottish rugby union player. He plays primarily at wing, but is equally at home at scrum-half.

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Robert Buchan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Heriot-Watt University Alumni
Robert Buchan Robert M Buchan is a Scottish-Canadian mining engineer, businessman and philanthropist. He founded Kinross Gold in 1993. It is now the 3rd-largest gold mining company in North America. Brought ...more