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

List of famous alumni from University of Aberdeen, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from University of Aberdeen include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished University of Aberdeen alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended University of Aberdeen 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 University of Aberdeen.

List features graduates like Iain Glen, Alex Kapranos and more!

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to University of Aberdeen?” and “Which celebrities are University of Aberdeen alumni?”

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James Sharp is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of Aberdeen Alumni
James Sharp James Sharp was a Scottish minister, and later Archbishop of St Andrews. Sharp was from Banffshire, a graduate of the University of Aberdeen and a regent of St. Andrews University. In the Wars ...more

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James Gregory is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Aberdeen Alumni
James Gregory Mathematician, Astronomer James Gregory FRS was a Scottish mathematician and astronomer. He described an early practical design for the reflecting telescope – the Gregorian telescope – and made advances in trigonometry, ...more

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John Arbuthnot is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Aberdeen Alumni
John Arbuthnot Physician John Arbuthnot, often known simply as Dr Arbuthnot, was a Scottish physician, satirist and polymath in London. He is best remembered for his contributions to mathematics, his membership in the ...more

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George Mackenzie, 1st Earl of ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Aberdeen Alumni
George Mackenzie, 1st Earl of Cromartie Judge George Mackenzie, 1st Earl of Cromartie FRS, known as Sir George Mackenzie, 2nd Baronet from 1654 to 1685 and as The Viscount of Tarbat from 1685 to 1703, was a Scottish statesman.

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William Thornton is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Aberdeen Alumni
William Thornton Architect Dr. William Thornton was a British-American physician, inventor, painter and architect who designed the United States Capitol, an authentic polymath. He also served as the first Architect of the ...more

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George Mackenzie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Aberdeen Alumni
George Mackenzie Politician, Writer, Lawyer Sir George Mackenzie of Rosehaugh, known as Bluidy Mackenzie, was a Scottish lawyer, Lord Advocate, essayist and legal writer.

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Alexander Duff is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Aberdeen Alumni
Alexander Duff Rev Alexander Duff, D.D. LLD., was a Christian missionary in India; where he played a large part in the development of higher education. He was the first overseas missionary of the Church of ...more

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John Paterson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Aberdeen Alumni
John Paterson John Paterson, the last archbishop of Glasgow, was the youngest son of John Paterson, bishop of Ross. John, after some preliminary studies at Marischal College, University of Aberdeen, was ...more

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James Browne is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Aberdeen Alumni
James Browne Writer James Browne, Scottish man of letters, was born at Whitefield, Perthshire. He was educated at Edinburgh and at the University of St. Andrews, where he studied for the church. He wrote a Sketch ...more

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Alex Kapranos is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Aberdeen Alumni
Alex Kapranos Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter Alexander Paul Kapranos Huntley, commonly known as Alex Kapranos, is a Scottish musician and the lead singer and guitarist of the Glasgow-based band Franz Ferdinand.

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Thomas Urquhart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Aberdeen Alumni
Thomas Urquhart Writer Sir Thomas Urquhart of Cromarty was a Scottish writer and translator, most famous for his translation of Rabelais.

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Sir Ewan Forbes, 11th Baronet is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Aberdeen Alumni
Sir Ewan Forbes, 11th Baronet Farmer Sir Ewan Forbes of Craigievar was the 11th Baronet of Craigievar from 1968 to his death, as well as a general practitioner and farmer. At birth, he was christened "Elizabeth ...more

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Emil Fackenheim is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Aberdeen Alumni
Emil Fackenheim Philosopher Emil Ludwig Fackenheim was a noted Jewish philosopher and Reform rabbi. Born in Halle, Germany, he was arrested by Nazis on the night of 9 November 1938, known as Kristallnacht. Briefly interned ...more

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James Murdoch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Aberdeen Alumni
James Murdoch Journalist, Historian James Murdoch was a Scottish scholar and journalist, who worked as a teacher in the Empire of Japan and Australia. From 1903–1917, he wrote the three-volume A History of Japan, the first ...more

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Adam Roberts is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Aberdeen Alumni
Adam Roberts Educator, Novelist, Author Adam Charles Roberts is an academic, critic and novelist. He also writes parodies under the pseudonyms of A.R.R.R. Roberts, A3R Roberts and Don Brine. He has a degree in English from the ...more

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William Clyde Martin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Aberdeen Alumni
William Clyde Martin Bishop, Pastor William Clyde Martin was a Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, The Methodist Church and the United Methodist Church. He distinguished himself in military service during World War I ...more

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George MacDonald is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Aberdeen Alumni
George MacDonald Poet, Novelist, Writer George MacDonald was a Scottish author, poet, and Christian minister. He was a pioneering figure in the field of fantasy literature and the mentor of fellow writer Lewis Carroll. His writings ...more

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Hugh Falconer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Aberdeen Alumni
Hugh Falconer Geologist, Botanist Hugh Falconer MD FRS was a Scottish geologist, botanist, palaeontologist, and paleoanthropologist. He studied the flora, fauna, and geology of India, Assam, and Burma, and was the first to ...more

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Kai Ho is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Aberdeen Alumni
Kai Ho Barrister, Physician, Translator Sir Kai Ho, CMG, JP, MRCS, born Ho Shan-kai, was a Hong Kong barrister, physician and essayist in Colonial Hong Kong. He played a key role in the relationship between the Hong Kong local ...more

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Stuart Monro is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Aberdeen Alumni
Stuart Monro Geologist Stuart Kinnaird Monro OBE, BSc, PhD, HonDUniv, HonDSc, CGeol, FGS, FHEA, FRSSA, FSA Scot, FRSGS, FRSE is a prominent Scottish geologist and science communicator. Monro graduated in Geology from ...more

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John Forbes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Aberdeen Alumni
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James Legge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Aberdeen Alumni
James Legge Missionary James Legge was a noted Scottish sinologist, a Scottish Congregationalist, representative of the London Missionary Society in Malacca and Hong Kong, and first Professor of Chinese at Oxford ...more

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William D. Mounce is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Aberdeen Alumni
William D. Mounce Educator William D. Mounce is a scholar of New Testament Greek. William Mounce is the son of Robert H. Mounce. He lives as a writer in Washougal, Washington. He is the President of BiblicalTraining, a ...more

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Alexander Ogston is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Aberdeen Alumni
Alexander Ogston Surgeon Sir Alexander Ogston KCVO MB FRS CM MD was a Scottish surgeon, famous for his discovery of Staphylococcus. He was the eldest son of Prof. Francis Ogston, Professor of Medical Jurisprudence at ...more

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Wolfgang Wüster is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Aberdeen Alumni
Wolfgang Wüster Lecturer, Zoologist Wolfgang Wüster is a herpetologist and senior lecturer in zoology at Bangor University, UK. Wüster attained his bachelor's degree at the University of Cambridge in 1985 and his ...more

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Robert Machray is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous University Of Aberdeen Alumni
Robert Machray Robert Machray was an Anglican bishop and missionary and the first Primate of the Church of England in Canada.

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Alexander Bain is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of Aberdeen Alumni
Alexander Bain Philosopher Alexander Bain was a Scottish philosopher and educationalist in the British school of empiricism and a prominent and innovative figure in the fields of psychology, linguistics, logic, moral ...more

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Eric Hoskins is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of Aberdeen Alumni
Eric Hoskins Physician Eric William Hoskins, OC MSC MPP is a politician in Ontario, Canada. He is a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario who has represented the downtown Toronto riding of St. Paul's ...more

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Andrew Linklater is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of Aberdeen Alumni
Andrew Linklater Educator Andrew Linklater FAcSS is an international relations academic, and is the current Woodrow Wilson Professor of International Politics at Aberystwyth University. In 2000, he was featured as one of ...more

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James Burnett, Lord Monboddo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of Aberdeen Alumni
James Burnett, Lord Monboddo Judge, Writer, Philosopher James Burnett, Lord Monboddo was a Scottish judge, scholar of linguistic evolution, philosopher and deist. He is most famous today as a founder of modern comparative historical linguistics. In ...more

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George Chrystal is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of Aberdeen Alumni
George Chrystal Mathematician George Chrystal was a Scottish mathematician. He was born in Old Meldrum and educated at Aberdeen Grammar School and the University of Aberdeen, moving in 1872 to study under James Clerk Maxwell ...more

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Archibald Menzies is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of Aberdeen Alumni
Archibald Menzies Surgeon, Naturalist, Botanist Archibald Menzies was a Scottish surgeon, botanist and naturalist.

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John James Richard Macleod is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of Aberdeen Alumni
John James Richard Macleod Chemist, Physician John James Rickard Macleod, FRS was a Scottish biochemist and physiologist. He devoted his career to diverse topics in physiology and biochemistry, but was chiefly interested in carbohydrate ...more

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William Grant is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of Aberdeen Alumni
William Grant Politician Sir William Grant was a British lawyer, Member of Parliament from 1790–1812 and Master of the Rolls from 1801–1817. He was born at Elchies, Moray, Scotland. His father, James Grant, was a tenant ...more

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William Alexander Hunter is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of Aberdeen Alumni
William Alexander Hunter Barrister William Alexander Hunter was a Scottish jurist and Liberal politician. Hunter was born in Aberdeen, the son of James Hunter, a granite merchant, of Aberdeen. He was educated at Aberdeen grammar ...more

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George Adlington Syme is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of Aberdeen Alumni
George Adlington Syme Surgeon Sir George Adlington Syme KBE was an Australian surgeon.

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George Chalmers is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of Aberdeen Alumni
George Chalmers Economist, Statistician, Lawyer George Chalmers was a Scottish antiquarian and political writer.

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James Blair is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous University Of Aberdeen Alumni
James Blair James Blair DD was a Scottish born clergyman in the Church of England. He was also a missionary and an educator, best known as the founder of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, ...more

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John Forrest is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous University Of Aberdeen Alumni
John Forrest Politician John Alexander Forrest, Australian politician, was a National Party member of the Australian House of Representatives from March 1993 until August 2013, representing the Division of Mallee in ...more

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Nicky Campbell is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous University Of Aberdeen Alumni
Nicky Campbell Journalist, Presenter Nicholas Andrew Argyll "Nicky" Campbell is a Scottish radio and television presenter and journalist. From 1988 until 1996, Campbell presented the game show Wheel of Fortune and from ...more

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Alexander Thomson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous University Of Aberdeen Alumni
Alexander Thomson Politician, Physician Dr. Alexander Thomson was elected as the first mayor of Geelong and held the position on five occasions from 1850 to 1858. Thomson was the first settler in the area known as Belmont, a suburb of ...more

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David Ferrier is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous University Of Aberdeen Alumni
David Ferrier Scientist, Physician Sir David Ferrier FRS was a pioneering Scottish neurologist and psychologist.

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David Gill is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous University Of Aberdeen Alumni
David Gill Astronomer Sir David Gill FRS was a Scottish astronomer who is known for measuring astronomical distances, for astrophotography, and for geodesy. He spent much of his career in South Africa.

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David Gregory is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous University Of Aberdeen Alumni
David Gregory Mathematician David Gregory FRS was a Scottish mathematician and astronomer. He was professor of mathematics at the University of Edinburgh, Savilian Professor of Astronomy at the University of Oxford, and a ...more

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Hugh Mercer is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous University Of Aberdeen Alumni
Hugh Mercer Physician Hugh Mercer was a soldier and physician. He initially served with British forces during the Seven Years' War but later became a brigadier general in the Continental Army and a close friend to ...more

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John Strachan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous University Of Aberdeen Alumni
John Strachan John Strachan was an influential figure in Upper Canada and the first Anglican Bishop of Toronto. He is best known as a political bishop who held many government positions and promoted education ...more

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Patrick Manson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous University Of Aberdeen Alumni
Patrick Manson Physician Sir Patrick Manson GCMG, FRS was a Scottish physician who made important discoveries in parasitology, and was the founder of the field of tropical medicine. He graduated from University of ...more

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Iain Glen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous University Of Aberdeen Alumni
Iain Glen Actor Iain Glen is a Scottish film, television, and stage actor. Glen is best known for his roles in the Resident Evil films and for portraying Ser Jorah Mormont on Game of Thrones.

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Matthew Hay is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous University Of Aberdeen Alumni
Matthew Hay Physician Matthew Hay was a Scottish doctor and champion of Public Health. He was appointed Medical Officer of Health for the City of Aberdeen in 1888, a post he held until 1923. He was also Professor of ...more

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George Campbell is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous University Of Aberdeen Alumni
George Campbell Writer, Philosopher George Campbell was a figure of the Scottish Enlightenment, known as a philosopher, minister, and professor of divinity. Campbell was primarily interested in rhetoric, since he believed that its ...more