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

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

This list features Arthur Conan Doyle, Pippa Middleton and more.

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

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Alexander Graham Bell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni
Alexander Graham Bell Businessperson, Physicist, Entrepreneur Alexander Graham Bell was an eminent Scottish-born scientist, inventor, engineer and innovator who is credited with inventing the first practical telephone. Bell's father, grandfather, and ...more

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Charles Darwin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni
Charles Darwin Biologist, Scientist, Naturalist Charles Robert Darwin, FRS was an English naturalist and geologist, best known for his contributions to evolutionary theory. He established that all species of life have descended over time from ...more

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Elijah McCoy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni
Elijah McCoy Inventor, Engineer Elijah J. McCoy was a Canadian-American inventor and engineer, who was notable for his 57 U.S. patents, most to do with lubrication of steam engines. Born free in Canada, he returned as a ...more

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Bruce Chatwin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni
Bruce Chatwin Novelist, Author, Writer Charles Bruce Chatwin was an English writer whose best known works are In Patagonia and The Songlines. Although he was often referred to as a travel writer, a term he eschewed, Chatwin was also ...more

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John Witherspoon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni
John Witherspoon Clergy, Cleric John Knox Witherspoon was a Scots Presbyterian minister and a signatory of the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of New Jersey. As president of the College of New ...more

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Peter C. Doherty is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni
Peter C. Doherty Veterinarian, Researcher, Scientist Peter Charles Doherty AC is an Australian veterinary surgeon and researcher in the field of medicine. He received the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research in 1995, the Nobel Prize in ...more

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Piers Sellers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni
Piers Sellers Astronaut, Scientist Piers John Sellers, Ph.D., OBE is a British-born Anglo-American meteorologist, and a NASA astronaut. He is a veteran of three space shuttle missions. Sellers attended Cranbrook School, ...more

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Alan Bold is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni
Alan Bold Alan Norman Bold was a Scottish poet, biographer, and journalist. He was born in Edinburgh. He edited Hugh MacDiarmid's Letters and wrote the influential biography MacDiarmid. Bold had ...more

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James Wilson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni
James Wilson Politician, Lawyer James Wilson was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and a signatory of the United States Declaration of Independence. Wilson was elected twice to the Continental Congress, where he ...more

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Maria Bamford is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni
Maria Bamford Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor Maria Bamford is an American stand-up comedian, actress and voice actress. She is best known for her portrayal of her dysfunctional family and self-deprecating comedy involving jokes about ...more

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Iain Torrance is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni
Iain Torrance Journalist Iain Richard Torrance, TD, is Pro-Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen, Dean of the Chapel Royal in Scotland, Dean of the Order of the Thistle, Honorary Professor of Early Christian Doctrine ...more

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Arthur Conan Doyle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni
Arthur Conan Doyle Poet, Politician, Novelist Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle KStJ, DL was a Scottish writer and physician, most noted for his fictional stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, which are generally considered milestones ...more

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Adam Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni
Adam Ferguson Chaplain, Philosopher Adam Ferguson FRSE also known as Ferguson of Raith was a Scottish philosopher and historian of the Scottish Enlightenment. Ferguson was sympathetic to traditional societies, such as the ...more

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Ian Turton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni
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John Scott Russell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni
John Scott Russell Architect, Engineer John Scott Russell FRSE FRS was a Scottish civil engineer, naval architect and shipbuilder who built the Great Eastern in collaboration with Isambard Kingdom Brunel. He made the discovery of the ...more

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John Pringle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni
John Pringle Physician Sir John Pringle, 1st Baronet, PRS was a Scottish physician who has been called the "father of military medicine".

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Lyon Playfair, 1st Baron Playf... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni
Lyon Playfair, 1st Baron Playfair Scientist Lyon Playfair, 1st Baron Playfair GCB, PC, FRS was a Scottish scientist and Liberal politician.

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Mark Lazarowicz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni
Mark Lazarowicz Politician Mark Lazarowicz, is a British Labour Co-operative politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North and Leith since 2001. In October 2010, he was appointed as part of the ...more

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William Thornton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh 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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Kelvin Holdsworth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni
Kelvin Holdsworth The Very Rev Kelvin Holdsworth is a clergyman of the Scottish Episcopal Church, in which he serves as Rector and Provost of the Cathedral Church of St Mary the Virgin, Glasgow.

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Alexander Balloch Grosart is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni
Alexander Balloch Grosart Alexander Balloch Grosart was a Scottish clergyman and literary editor. He is chiefly remembered for reprinting much rare Elizabethan literature, a work which he undertook because of his ...more

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William Samson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni
William Samson Scientist William Byars Samson is a Scottish astronomer, academic, computer scientist and a researcher in the fields of Astronomy, Databases, Artificial Intelligence, and Artificial Life. Will Samson ...more

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Douglas Argyll Robertson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni
Douglas Argyll Robertson Surgeon Douglas Moray Cooper Lamb Argyll Robertson FRSE was a Scottish ophthalmologist and surgeon. Argyll Robertson pupil is named after him.

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Thomas Bowdler is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni
Thomas Bowdler Physician Thomas Bowdler, LRCP, FRS was an English physician and philanthropist, best known for publishing The Family Shakspeare, an expurgated edition of William Shakespeare's work, edited by his sister ...more

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William Knighton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni
William Knighton Sir William Knighton, 1st Baronet GCH was Private Secretary to the Sovereign, George IV 1822–1830. He was born in 1776, and studied under his uncle, Dr. Bredall, in Tavistock, Devon. He spent ...more

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Ian Charleson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni
Ian Charleson Actor, Singer Ian Charleson was a Scottish stage and film actor. He is best known internationally for his starring role as Olympic athlete and missionary Eric Liddell, in the Oscar-winning 1981 film Chariots ...more

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Neil Paterson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni
Neil Paterson Screenwriter James Edmund Neil Paterson, known as Neil Paterson, was a Scottish screenwriter.

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Duncan McNeill, 1st Baron Colo... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni
Duncan McNeill, 1st Baron Colonsay Judge, Politician, Lawyer Duncan McNeill, 1st Baron Colonsay FRSE was a Scottish advocate, judge and Tory politician. He was Lord Justice General and Lord President of the Court of Session between 1852 and 1867. His ...more

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William Elford Leach is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni
William Elford Leach William Elford Leach, MD, FRS was an English zoologist and marine biologist.

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Robert Herbert Story is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni
Robert Herbert Story Robert Herbert Story was a Scottish divine and Principal of the University of Glasgow.

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Alexander Boyd Barty is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni
Alexander Boyd Barty Alexander Boyd Barty was a Dunblane, Scotland, solicitor and local historian who wrote the definitive study "The History of Dunblane"

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Ephraim McDowell is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni
Ephraim McDowell Physician Ephraim McDowell was an American physician and pioneer surgeon. The first person to successfully remove an ovarian tumor, he has been called "the father of ovariotomy" as well as ...more

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Robert Fleming the elder is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni
Robert Fleming the elder Robert Fleming the elder was a Scottish Presbyterian Minister. Following the Restoration of King Charles II, he declined to accept bishops in the Kirk. He was therefore ejected as Minister at ...more

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Robert Stephenson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni
Robert Stephenson Civil engineer, Mechanical engineer, Engineer Robert Stephenson FRS was an early railway engineer. The only son of George Stephenson, the "Father of Railways", he built on the achievements of his father. Robert has been called the ...more

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Robbie Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni
Robbie Coltrane Comedian, Screenwriter, Author Robbie Coltrane, OBE is a Scottish actor, comedian and author. He is known for his roles as Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter films, as Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky in the James Bond films ...more

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Houston A. Baker, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni
Houston A. Baker, Jr. Writer Houston Alfred Baker Jr. is an American scholar specializing in African-American literature and currently serving as a professor at Vanderbilt University in the English department. Baker served ...more

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David Hume is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni
David Hume Librarian, Historian, Economist David Hume was a Scottish historian, philosopher, economist, diplomat and essayist known today especially for his radical philosophical empiricism and scepticism. In light of Hume's central role ...more

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Angus Macfadyen is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni
Angus Macfadyen Actor Angus Macfadyen is a Scottish actor known for his roles as Robert the Bruce in Braveheart, Vice-Counsel Dupont in Equilibrium, and McCreedy in Cameron Crowe's We Bought a Zoo. He has made ...more

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Chris Hoy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni
Chris Hoy Athlete Sir Christopher Andrew "Chris" Hoy, MBE is a British racing driver and former track cyclist who represented Great Britain at the Olympics and World Championships and Scotland at the ...more

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Robert Stevenson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni
Robert Stevenson Civil engineer, Engineer Robert Stevenson FRSE, FGS, FRAS, MSA Scot, MWS, MInstCE was a Scottish civil engineer and famed designer and builder of lighthouses. One of his finest achievements was the construction of the ...more

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Thomas Graham is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni
Thomas Graham Chemist Thomas Graham FRS was a nineteenth-century Scottish chemist who is best-remembered today for his pioneering work in dialysis and the diffusion of gases.

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Alexander Ruthven is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni
Alexander Ruthven Alexander Ruthven, master of Ruthven was a Scottish nobleman. He is most notable for his participation in the Gowrie conspiracy of 1600.

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Eric Liddell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni
Eric Liddell Missionary, Athlete Eric Henry Liddell was a Scottish athlete, rugby union international player, and missionary, who was forced to choose between his religious beliefs and competing in an Olympic race. After ...more

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Robert Adam is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni
Robert Adam Architect Robert Adam FRSE FRS FSA FSA FRSA was a Scottish neoclassical architect, interior designer and furniture designer. He was the son of William Adam, the country's foremost architect of the time, ...more

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Benjamin Constant is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni
Benjamin Constant Politician, Writer Henri-Benjamin Constant de Rebecque, or simply Benjamin Constant, was a Swiss-French political activist and writer on politics and religion. He was the author of a partly biographical ...more

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Justine Cassell is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni
Justine Cassell Justine Cassell is an American professor and researcher interested in human-human conversation, human-computer interaction, and storytelling. Since August 2010 she has been the director of the ...more

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Thomas Carlyle is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni
Thomas Carlyle Mathematician, Writer, Philosopher Thomas Carlyle was a Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher. Considered one of the most important social commentators of his time, he presented many lectures ...more

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Klaus Fuchs is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni
Klaus Fuchs Physicist, Scientist Emil Julius Klaus Fuchs was a German-born British theoretical physicist and atomic spy who in 1950 was convicted of supplying information from the American, British, and Canadian Manhattan ...more

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Pippa Middleton is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni
Pippa Middleton Philippa Charlotte "Pippa" Middleton (born 6 September 1983), is an English socialite, the only sister of Kate Middleton, fiancée of Prince William of Wales. A party organiser, ...more

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James Edward Smith is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous University Of Edinburgh Alumni
James Edward Smith Botanist Sir James Edward Smith was an English botanist and founder of the Linnean Society.