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

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

This list includes Gerard Butler, Emeli Sandé and more graduates.

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

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Gerard Butler is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of Glasgow Alumni
Gerard Butler Film Producer, Actor Gerard James Butler is a Scottish actor who has appeared on film, stage, and television. A trained lawyer, Butler turned to acting in the mid-1990s with small roles in productions such as Mrs. ...more

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George Brown is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Glasgow Alumni
George Brown George Clark Phillips Brown was a Scottish footballer who played for Rangers and the Scotland national team at left half. He was born in Glasgow. Brown joined Rangers in September 1929 from ...more

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James Wilson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Glasgow 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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Edwin Morgan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Glasgow Alumni
Edwin Morgan Poet, Lecturer, Writer Edwin George Morgan OBE FRSE was a Scottish poet and translator who was associated with the Scottish Renaissance. He is widely recognised as one of the foremost Scottish poets of the 20th ...more

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Alexander R. Todd, Baron Todd is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Glasgow Alumni
Alexander R. Todd, Baron Todd Chemist Alexander Robertus Todd, Baron Todd, OM, PRS FRSE was a British biochemist whose research on the structure and synthesis of nucleotides, nucleosides, and nucleotide coenzymes gained him the ...more

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John Knox is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Glasgow Alumni
John Knox John Knox was a Scottish clergyman and writer who was a leader of the Protestant Reformation and is considered the founder of the Presbyterian denomination in Scotland. He is believed to have ...more

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John Scott Russell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Glasgow 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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David Beaton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Glasgow Alumni
David Beaton Politician David Beaton was Archbishop of St Andrews and the last Scottish Cardinal prior to the Reformation.

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Patrick Forbes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Glasgow Alumni
Patrick Forbes Patrick Forbes was a late 16th century and early 17th century Scottish churchman.

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James McCune Smith is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Glasgow Alumni
James McCune Smith Physician James McCune Smith was an American physician, apothecary, abolitionist, and author. He is the first African American to hold a medical degree and graduated at the top in his class at the ...more

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Andrew Stewart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Glasgow Alumni
Andrew Stewart Andrew Stewart was a 15th-century Scottish prelate and administrator.

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Robert Henryson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Glasgow Alumni
Robert Henryson Robert Henryson was a poet who flourished in Scotland in the period c. 1460–1500. Counted among the Scots makars, he lived in the royal burgh of Dunfermline and is a distinctive voice in the ...more

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James Donaldson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Glasgow Alumni
James Donaldson Sir James Donaldson, was a Scottish classical scholar, and educational and theological writer.

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Matthew Armour is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Glasgow Alumni
Matthew Armour Politician Rev. Matthew Armour was a radical Free Church of Scotland minister on the island of Sanday, Orkney, remembered to this day for supporting the island’s crofters.

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Thomas Campbell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Glasgow Alumni
Thomas Campbell Thomas Campbell was a Scottish poet chiefly remembered for his sentimental poetry dealing especially with human affairs. He was also one of the initiators of a plan to found what became the ...more

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Rodney Berman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Glasgow Alumni
Rodney Berman Politician Rodney Berman OBE is a Liberal Democrat politician, a former councillor for the Plasnewydd ward, and was also leader of Cardiff Council . Born and raised in Glasgow, Berman studied at the ...more

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Cotton Mather is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Glasgow Alumni
Cotton Mather Writer Cotton Mather, FRS was a socially and politically influential New England Puritan minister, prolific author and pamphleteer. Known for his vigorous support for the Salem witch trials, Mather ...more

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David Livingstone is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Glasgow Alumni
David Livingstone Missionary, Physician David Livingstone was a Scottish Congregationalist pioneer medical missionary with the London Missionary Society and an explorer in Africa. His meeting with H. M. Stanley on 10 November 1871 ...more

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William Boyd is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Glasgow Alumni
William Boyd Novelist, Screenwriter, Author William Boyd, CBE is a British novelist and screenwriter.

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David Douglas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Glasgow Alumni
David Douglas Botanist David Douglas was a Scottish botanist. He was born to John Douglas, a stonemason, and Jean Drummond. He worked as a gardener, and explored the Scottish Highlands, North America, and Hawaii, ...more

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Robert Stevenson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Glasgow 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) 22 on the list Famous University Of Glasgow 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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Bonar Law is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Glasgow Alumni
Bonar Law Andrew Bonar Law, commonly called Bonar Law, was a British Conservative Party statesman and Prime Minister. Born in the colony of New Brunswick, he is the only British Prime Minister to have ...more

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Charles Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Glasgow Alumni
Charles Kennedy Politician, Journalist Charles Peter Kennedy is a British Liberal Democrat politician, who led the Liberal Democrats from 9 August 1999 until 7 January 2006 and is currently a member of parliament for the Ross, Skye ...more

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Richard Dobbs Spaight is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Glasgow Alumni
Richard Dobbs Spaight Politician Richard Dobbs Spaight was the eighth Governor of the American State of North Carolina from 1792 to 1795.

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Bruno Touschek is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous University Of Glasgow Alumni
Bruno Touschek Physicist Bruno Touschek was an Austrian physicist, a survivor of the Holocaust, and initiator of research on electron-positron colliders.

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Karen Campbell is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of Glasgow Alumni
Karen Campbell Karen Campbell is a Scottish writer of contemporary fiction. Her first four novels are police procedurals, set in Glasgow, featuring Sgt. Anna Cameron and Cath and Jamie Worth. Her fifth novel, ...more

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John Tiffany is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of Glasgow Alumni
John Tiffany Television director, Theatre Director John Tiffany is an English theatre director. He directed the internationally successful productions Black Watch and Once. He has won a Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award and an Obie Award.

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Menzies Campbell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of Glasgow Alumni
Menzies Campbell Politician, Barrister, Advocate Sir Walter Menzies "Ming" Campbell CH CBE QC is a British Liberal Democrat politician and advocate, and former athlete. He is the Member of Parliament for North East Fife, and was the ...more

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Friedrich Trendelenburg is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of Glasgow Alumni
Friedrich Trendelenburg Physician, Surgeon Friedrich Trendelenburg was a German surgeon. He was son of the philosopher Friedrich Adolf Trendelenburg, father of the pharmacologist Paul Trendelenburg and grandfather of the pharmacologist ...more

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Armando Iannucci is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of Glasgow Alumni
Armando Iannucci Radio producer, Television director, Comedian Armando Giovanni Iannucci, OBE is an Oscar and Emmy-nominated Scottish satirist, writer, television director and radio producer of Italian descent. Born in Glasgow, he studied at Oxford ...more

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Robert McGhee is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of Glasgow Alumni
Robert McGhee Evangelist Robert McGhee was a prominent Church of Scotland minister who championed the evangelical movement in Scotland throughout the second half of the 20th century. He was a signatory of the Manila ...more

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Archibald Scott Couper is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of Glasgow Alumni
Archibald Scott Couper Chemist Archibald Scott Couper was a Scottish chemist who proposed an early theory of chemical structure and bonding. He developed the concepts of tetravalent carbon atoms linking together to form large ...more

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Vince Cable is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of Glasgow Alumni
Vince Cable Politician, Economist John Vincent "Vince" Cable is a British Liberal Democrat politician who has been the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills since 2010 and the Member of Parliament for ...more

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Fred Goodwin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of Glasgow Alumni
Fred Goodwin Chartered Accountant, Businessperson Frederick Anderson "Fred" Goodwin, FRSE FCIBS is a Scottish chartered accountant and former banker who was Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Bank of Scotland Group between 2001 and ...more

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Henry Campbell-Bannerman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of Glasgow Alumni
Henry Campbell-Bannerman Merchant, Politician Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, GCB was a British Liberal Party politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1905 to 1908 and Leader of the Liberal Party from 1899 to 1908. ...more

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Steven Moffat is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of Glasgow Alumni
Steven Moffat Television producer, Screenwriter, Teacher Steven Moffat is a Scottish television writer and producer, known for his work as showrunner, writer and producer of the British television series Doctor Who and Sherlock. Moffat's first ...more

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William Thomson, 1st Baron Kel... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous University Of Glasgow Alumni
William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin OM GCVO PC PRS PRSE was a British mathematical physicist and engineer who was born in Belfast in 1824. At the University of Glasgow he did important work in the ...more

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John Grierson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous University Of Glasgow Alumni
John Grierson Film Producer John Grierson was a pioneering Scottish documentary maker, often considered the father of British and Canadian documentary film. In 1926, Grierson coined the term "documentary" in a ...more

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Thomas Barclay is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous University Of Glasgow Alumni
Thomas Barclay Missionary Thomas Barclay was a British missionary to Formosa from 1875 until his death. His ministry in South Taiwan has been compared to the work done in North Taiwan by George Leslie Mackay. He founded ...more

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Robert Horne, 1st Viscount Hor... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous University Of Glasgow Alumni
Robert Horne, 1st Viscount Horne of Slamannan Politician, Advocate Robert Stevenson Horne, 1st Viscount Horne of Slamannan GBE, PC, KC was a Scottish businessman, advocate and Unionist politician. He served under David Lloyd George as Minister of Labour between ...more

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Jocelyn Bell Burnell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous University Of Glasgow Alumni
Jocelyn Bell Burnell Physicist, Professor, Astronomer Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, DBE, FRS, PRSE FRAS is a Northern Irish astrophysicist. As a postgraduate student, she discovered the first radio pulsars while studying and advised by her thesis ...more

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John Robinson McClean is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous University Of Glasgow Alumni
John Robinson McClean Civil engineer, Engineer John Robinson McClean CB FRS, was a British civil engineer and Liberal Party politician.

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A. J. Cronin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous University Of Glasgow Alumni
A. J. Cronin Novelist, Screenwriter, Author Archibald Joseph Cronin, MB, ChB, MD, DPH, MRCP was a Scottish novelist and physician. His best-known novel was The Citadel, about a doctor in a Welsh mining village who quickly moves up the ...more

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James Watt is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous University Of Glasgow Alumni
James Watt Chemist, Inventor, Mechanical engineer James Watt, FRS, FRSE was a Scottish inventor and mechanical engineer whose improvements to the Newcomen steam engine were fundamental to the changes brought by the Industrial Revolution in both ...more

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George MacPherson Docherty is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous University Of Glasgow Alumni
George MacPherson Docherty George MacPherson Docherty was a Scottish-born American Presbyterian minister and principal initiator of the addition of the words "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag ...more

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John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsm... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous University Of Glasgow Alumni
John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir Novelist, Author John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir PC GCMG GCVO CH was a Scottish novelist, historian and Unionist politician who served as Governor General of Canada, the 15th since Canadian Confederation. ...more

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J. J. C. Smart is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous University Of Glasgow Alumni
J. J. C. Smart Writer, Philosopher John Jamieson Carswell "Jack" Smart AC was an Australian philosopher and academic and was appointed as an Emeritus Professor by Australian National University Australia. He worked in ...more

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William Ramsay is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous University Of Glasgow Alumni
William Ramsay Chemist Sir William Ramsay KCB FRS FRSE was a Scottish chemist who discovered the noble gases and received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1904 "in recognition of his services in the discovery of ...more

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Robert Broom is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous University Of Glasgow Alumni
Robert Broom Physician, Writer Robert Broom FRS was a Scottish South African doctor and paleontologist. He qualified as a medical practitioner in 1895 and received his DSc in 1905 from the University of Glasgow. In 1893 he ...more