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Famous University Of St Andrews Alumni

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List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to University of St Andrews and be of some renown.

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

List features graduates like Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, John Cleese.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to University of St Andrews?” and “Which celebrities are University of St Andrews alumni?”
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    BirthplaceMumbai, India

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Scientist and Inventor from United States of America. Educated in U.S.A. with M.B.A. in Finance and Marketing. Also holds Ph.D. and M.S. in Polymer and Chemical Engineering from University of  ...more
  • 2
    Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, (born Catherine Elizabeth Middleton; 9 January 1982), is a member of the British royal family. Her husband, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, is expected to become  ...more

    What Will Kate Middleton Name Her Baby?#2 of 31 Every Person Who Married Into The Royal Family In The Last Century, Ranked#49 of 199 Famous Women You'd Want to Have a Beer With

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    Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, (William Arthur Philip Louis; born 21 June 1982) is a member of the British royal family. He is the elder son of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Diana, Princess of  ...more

    #81 of 243 The Most Trustworthy Celebrities In The World#185 of 262 The Greatest Male Celebrity Role Models#62 of 143 Celebrities Who Are Great To Sit Next To On A Long Flight

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    James Sharp (4 May 1613 – 3 May 1679) was a Scottish minister, and later Archbishop of St Andrews (1661–1679).  ...more
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    Actor, Voice acting


    BirthplaceBethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Jonathan Taylor Thomas (born Jonathan Taylor Weiss; September 8, 1981) is an American actor, voice actor, and director. He is known for portraying Randy Taylor on Home Improvement and voicing young  ...more

    Fun Facts You Didn't Know About Jonathan Taylor Thomas#15 of 109 The Greatest '90s Teen Stars#91 of 115 The Best Short Actors

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    Comedian, Television producer


    BirthplaceWeston-super-Mare, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    John Marwood Cleese (; born 27 October 1939) is an English actor, voice actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer. He achieved success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and as a scriptwriter and  ...more

    #209 of 1,017 The Best Actors In Film History#37 of 117 The Best English Actors of All Time#30 of 247 The Funniest Stand-Up Comedians Of All Time

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    Clergy, Cleric

    AgeDec. at 71 (1723-1794)

    BirthplaceGifford, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited States of America, Scotland

    John Knox Witherspoon (February 5, 1723 – November 15, 1794) was a Scottish-American Presbyterian minister and a Founding Father of the United States. Witherspoon embraced the concepts of Scottish  ...more
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    Theatre Director, Actor


    BirthplaceCarnoustie, Scotland, UK

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Ian McDiarmid (; born 11 August 1944) is a Scottish actor and director best known for portraying Emperor Palpatine in the Star Wars film series. He has received an Olivier Award for Best Actor and a  ...more

    #32 of 32 The Best Scottish Actors Working Today#38 of 62 The Best Scottish Actors of All Time#11 of 46 The Best Living Scottish Actors

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    Novelist, Author


    BirthplaceAlvechurch, England

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Fay Weldon CBE FRSL (born 22 September 1931) is an English author, essayist and playwright.  ...more
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    Mathematician, Astronomer


    BirthplaceDrumoak, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland, England

    James Gregory FRS (November 1638 – October 1675) was a Scottish mathematician and astronomer. His surname is sometimes spelled as Gregorie, the original Scottish spelling. He described an early  ...more
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    Sir Robert Aytoun or Ayton (1570–1638) was a Scottish poet.  ...more
  • 12
    Journalist, Educator


    BirthplaceBerkhamsted, England

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Ian Campbell Bradley (born 28 May 1950) is a retired British academic, author, theologian, Church of Scotland minister, journalist and broadcaster. At the University of St Andrews, he was Professor  ...more
  • 13
    Computer scientist


    BirthplaceEurope, Eurasia, United Kingdom, Scotland, Glasgow

    NationalityScotland, United Kingdom

    Ian F. Sommerville, (born 23 February 1951) is a British academic. He is the author of a popular student textbook on software engineering, as well as a number of other books and papers. He worked as  ...more
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    Historian, Author

    AgeDec. at 75 (1918-1994)

    BirthplacePlymouth, Michigan

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Russell Amos Kirk (October 19, 1918 – April 29, 1994) was an American political theorist, moralist, historian, social critic, and literary critic, known for his influence on 20th-century American  ...more
  • 15
    Journalist, Broadcaster


    BirthplaceKenya, Africa

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Saba Iassa Douglas-Hamilton (born 7 June 1970) is a Kenyan wildlife conservationist and television presenter. She has worked for a variety of conservation charities, and has appeared in wildlife  ...more
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    Politician, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 55 (1742-1798)

    BirthplaceCeres, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited States of America, Scotland

    James Wilson (September 14, 1742 – August 21, 1798) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and a signatory of the United States Declaration of Independence and the United States  ...more
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    BirthplaceAberdeen, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Iain Richard Torrance, (born 13 January 1949) is a retired Church of Scotland minister, theologian and academic. He is Pro-Chancellor of the University of Aberdeen, Honorary Professor of Early  ...more
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    Journalist, Novelist

    AgeDec. at 68 (1844-1912)

    BirthplaceSelkirk, Scottish Borders, United Kingdom


    Andrew Lang (31 March 1844 – 20 July 1912 ) was a Scottish poet, novelist, literary critic, and contributor to the field of anthropology. He is best known as a collector of folk and fairy tales. The  ...more
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    AgeDec. at 37 (1612-1650)

    BirthplaceEdinburgh, United Kingdom


    James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose (1612 – 21 May 1650) was a Scottish nobleman, poet and soldier, lord lieutenant and later viceroy and captain general of Scotland. Montrose initially joined the  ...more
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    Mathematician, Physicist

    AgeDec. at 67 (1550-1617)

    BirthplaceMerchiston Tower, United Kingdom


    John Napier of Merchiston (; 1550 – 4 April 1617); also signed as Neper, Nepair; nicknamed Marvellous Merchiston) was a Scottish landowner known as a mathematician, physicist, and astronomer. He was  ...more
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    Professor Charles W. J. Withers FBA, FRSE, FAcSS is professor of historical geography at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.  ...more
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    John Knox (c. 1513 – 24 November 1572) was a Scottish minister, theologian, and writer who was a leader of the country's Reformation. He was the founder of the Presbyterian Church of Scotland. Born  ...more
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    Chaplain, Philosopher

    AgeDec. at 92 (1723-1816)

    BirthplaceLogierait, United Kingdom


    Adam Ferguson, FRSE (Scottish Gaelic: Adhamh MacFhearghais), also known as Ferguson of Raith (1 July N.S./20 June O.S. 1723 – 22 February 1816), was a Scottish philosopher and historian of the  ...more
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    BirthplaceBirkenhead, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Malcolm Gray Bruce, Baron Bruce of Bennachie, (born 17 November 1944) is a British Liberal Democrat politician. He was the Member of Parliament for Gordon from 1983 to 2015 and was the chairman of  ...more
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    Architect, Engineer

    AgeDec. at 74 (1808-1882)

    BirthplaceParkhead, United Kingdom

    John Scott Russell FRSE FRS (9 May 1808, Parkhead, Glasgow – 8 June 1882, Ventnor, Isle of Wight) was a Scottish civil engineer, naval architect and shipbuilder who built Great Eastern in  ...more
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List Rules: People on this list must have gone to University of St Andrews and be of some renown.