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Famous University Of Edinburgh Medical School Alumni

Updated October 13, 2018 3k views26 items

List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to University of Edinburgh Medical School and be of some renown.

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

Arthur Conan Doyle and Charles Darwin are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to University of Edinburgh Medical School?” and “Which celebrities are University of Edinburgh Medical School alumni?”
  • 1
    Biologist, Scientist

    AgeDec. at 73 (1809-1882)

    BirthplaceThe Mount, Shrewsbury, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Charles Robert Darwin, (; 12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist, geologist and biologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution. His proposition that all...  more

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  • 2
    Poet, Politician

    AgeDec. at 71 (1859-1930)

    BirthplaceEdinburgh, United Kingdom


    Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle (22 May 1859 – 7 July 1930) was a Scottish writer, who created the character Sherlock Holmes. Originally a physician, in 1887 he published A Study in Scarlet, the...  more

    14 Weird Facts About Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Guy Who Created Sherlock Holmes#6 of 100 Famous Crime Fiction Authors#55 of 208 The Best Science-Fiction Authors

  • 3
    Chemist, Physician

    AgeDec. at 58 (1741-1799)

    BirthplaceWellington, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    William Withering FRS (17 March 1741 – 6 October 1799) was an English botanist, geologist, chemist, physician and first systematic investigator of the bioactivity of digitalis....  more
  • 4

    AgeDec. at 59 (1784-1843)

    BirthplaceUnited Kingdom

    NationalityScotland, United Kingdom

    William Jardine (24 February 1784 – 27 February 1843) was a Scottish physician and trader who co-founded the Hong Kong based conglomerate Jardine, Matheson & Co. Following his return to England from...  more
  • 5
    Politician, Physician

    AgeDec. at 67 (1752-1819)

    BirthplaceNewport, Delaware, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Dr. Henry Latimer (April 24, 1752 – December 19, 1819) was an American physician and politician from Newport, Delaware. He was elected to the Continental Congress from Delaware, and was a member of...  more
  • 6
    Physician, Botanist

    AgeDec. at 70 (1731-1802)

    BirthplaceNewark-on-Trent, United Kingdom

    Erasmus Darwin (12 December 1731 – 18 April 1802) was an English physician. One of the key thinkers of the Midlands Enlightenment, he was also a natural philosopher, physiologist, slave-trade...  more
  • 7
    Alexander "Alec" Boswell Timms (2 March 1872 – 5 May 1922) was an Australian-born international rugby union forward who played club rugby for Edinburgh Wanderers and Edinburgh University. Timms...  more
  • 8
    kevin.an88 addedPhysician

    AgeDec. at 69 (1789-1858)

    BirthplaceBristol, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Richard Bright (28 September 1789 – 16 December 1858) was an English physician and early pioneer in the research of kidney disease. He is particularly known for his description of Bright's disease....  more
  • 9
    kevin.an88 addedPhysician

    AgeDec. at 67 (1793-1860)

    BirthplaceLongbenton, Northumberland

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Thomas Addison (April 1793 – 29 June 1860) was an English physician and scientist. He is traditionally regarded as one of the "great men" of Guy's Hospital in London. Among other pathologies, he...  more
  • 10
    kevin.an88 addedPhysician

    AgeDec. at 77 (1716-1794)

    BirthplaceEdinburgh, United Kingdom

    James Lind (4 October 1716 – 13 July 1794) was a Scottish doctor. He was a pioneer of naval hygiene in the Royal Navy. By conducting one of the first ever clinical trials, he developed the theory...  more
  • 11
    kevin.an88 addedSurgeon, Writer

    AgeDec. at 67 (1774-1842)

    BirthplaceEurasia, United Kingdom, Scotland, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland, United Kingdom

    Sir Charles Bell (12 November 1774 – 28 April 1842) was a Scottish surgeon, anatomist, physiologist, neurologist, artist, and philosophical theologian. He is noted for discovering the difference...  more
  • 12
    kevin.an88 addedSurgeon

    AgeDec. at 77 (1778-1856)

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts

    NationalityUnited States of America

    John Collins Warren (August 1, 1778 – May 4, 1856), was an American surgeon. In 1846 he gave permission to William T.G. Morton to provide ether anesthesia while Warren performed a minor surgical...  more
  • 13
    kevin.an88 addedPhysician

    AgeDec. at 58 (1777-1836)

    BirthplaceLeith, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Dr John Cheyne FRSE (3 February 1777 – 31 January 1836) was a British physician, surgeon and author of monographs on a number of medical topics. He was one of the people to identify Cheyne–Stokes...  more
  • 14
    kevin.an88 addedSurgeon

    AgeDec. at 53 (1794-1847)

    BirthplaceEcclesmachan, United Kingdom


    Robert Liston (28 October 1794 – 7 December 1847) was a pioneering Scottish surgeon. Liston was noted for his skill in an era prior to anaesthetics, when speed made a difference in terms of pain and...  more
  • 15
    kevin.an88 addedPhysician

    AgeDec. at 67 (1798-1866)

    BirthplacePentonville, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Thomas Hodgkin (17 August 1798 – 5 April 1866) was a British physician, considered one of the most prominent pathologists of his time and a pioneer in preventive medicine. He is now best known for...  more
  • 16
    kevin.an88 addedPhysician


    BirthplaceLimerick, Republic of Ireland

    William Brooke O'Shaughnessy (from 1861 as William O'Shaughnessy Brooke) MD FRS (October 1809, Limerick, Ireland – 8 January 1889, Southsea, England) was an Irish physician famous for his...  more
  • 17
    kevin.an88 addedPhysician

    AgeDec. at 58 (1811-1870)

    BirthplaceBathgate, United Kingdom

    Sir James Young Simpson, 1st Baronet, FRCPE (7 June 1811 – 6 May 1870) was a Scottish obstetrician and a significant figure in the history of medicine. He was the first physician to demonstrate the...  more
  • 18
    kevin.an88 addedBiologist, Physiologist

    AgeDec. at 87 (1925-2013)

    BirthplaceBatley, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Sir Robert Geoffrey Edwards, (27 September 1925 – 10 April 2013) was an English physiologist and pioneer in reproductive medicine, and in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) in particular. Along with the...  more
  • 19
    kevin.an88 addedProfessor

    AgeDec. at 70 (1942-2013)

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Matthew H. Kaufman (29 September 1942 – 11 August 2013) was Professor Emeritus at University of Edinburgh having been Professor of Anatomy there from 1985 to 2007. He taught anatomy and embryology...  more
  • 20
    kevin.an88 addedVeterinarian, Researcher


    BirthplaceBrisbane, Australia


    Peter Charles Doherty, (born 15 October 1940) 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...  more
  • 21
    kevin.an88 addedPhysician

    AgeDec. at 54 (1735-1789)

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    John Morgan (June 10, 1735 – October 15, 1789), "founder of Public Medical Instruction in America," was co-founder of the Medical College at the University of Pennsylvania, the first medical school...  more
  • 22
    kevin.an88 addedPhysicist, Chemist

    AgeDec. at 71 (1728-1799)

    BirthplaceEurope, Metropolitan France, Bordeaux, France, Aquitaine


    Joseph Black (16 April 1728 – 6 December 1799) was a Scottish physicist and chemist, known for his discoveries of magnesium, latent heat, specific heat, and carbon dioxide. He was Professor of...  more
  • 23
    kevin.an88 addedPhysicist, Chemist

    AgeDec. at 70 (1749-1819)

    BirthplaceEdinburgh, United Kingdom


    Daniel Rutherford (3 November 1749 – 15 December 1819) was a Scottish physician, chemist and botanist who is known for the isolation of nitrogen in 1772....  more
  • 24
    kevin.an88 addedChemist

    AgeDec. at 77 (1766-1844)

    BirthplaceEdinburgh, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Thomas Charles Hope (21 July 1766 – 13 June 1844) was a Scottish physician, chemist and lecturer. He proved the existence of the element strontium, and gave his name to Hope's Experiment, which...  more
  • 25
    kevin.an88 addedPhysician, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 94 (1821-1915)

    BirthplaceAmherst, Canada


    Sir Charles Tupper, 1st Baronet, (July 2, 1821 – October 30, 1915) was a Canadian father of Confederation: as the premier of Nova Scotia from 1864 to 1867, he led Nova Scotia into Confederation. He...  more