This is a list of notable graduates as well as non-graduate former students, academic staff, and university officials of the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. It also includes those who may be considered alumni by extension, having studied at institutions that later merged with the University of Edinburgh. The university is associated with 19 Nobel Prize laureates, three Turing Award winners, an Abel Prize laureate and Fields Medallist, four Pulitzer Prize winners, three Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom, and several Olympic gold medallists.

Government and politics

Heads of state and government

Gordon Brown, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
John Russell, 1st Earl Russell, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Henry Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Leader State/Government Office
Hastings Banda[1][2]  Malawi President (1966–1994)
Prime Minister (1964–1966)
Sir Robert Black[3] Singapore Colony of Singapore Governor (1955–1957)
 British Hong Kong Governor (1958–1964)
Sir Thomas Brisbane[4]  New South Wales Governor (1821–1825)
Gordon Brown[5]  United Kingdom Prime Minister (2007–2010)
Chang Taek-sang (張澤相)[6]  South Korea Prime Minister (6 May 1952 – 6 October 1952)
John Crawfurd[7] East India Company Colonial Singapore Resident (1823–1826)
Sir Gilbert Elliott[8] Corsica Anglo-Corsican Kingdom Viceroy (1793–1796)
East India Company British India Governor-General (1807–1813)
Sir Dawda Jawara[9] The Gambia Gambia Colony and Protectorate Prime Minister (1962–1965)
The Gambia The Gambia Prime Minister (1965–1970)
President (1970–1994)
Yusuf Lule[10]  Uganda President (1979)
Fawzi Mulki[11]  Jordan Prime Minister (1953-1954)
William Morrison, 1st Viscount Dunrossil[12]  Australia Governor-General (1960-1961)
Daniel Chanis Pinzón[13]  Panama President (1949)
Julius Nyerere[14][15]  Tanzania President (1964–1985)
Paul Reeves[16]  New Zealand Governor-General (1985-1990)
Lord John Russell[17]  United Kingdom Prime Minister (1846–52 and 1865–66)
Viscount Palmerston[18]  United Kingdom Prime Minister (1855–58 and 1859–65)
Sir Charles Tupper[19]
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Canada
Prime Minister (1 May 1896 – 8 July 1896)
William Walker
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Nicaragua
President (1856–1857)
Yun Posun (尹潽善)[20]  South Korea President (1960–1962)

United Kingdom

Cabinet and Party Leaders

Amber Rudd, Home Secretary
David Steel, Leader of the Liberal Democrats

Scottish Cabinet and Party Leaders

Current Members of the House of Commons

Current Members of the House of Lords

Current Members of the Scottish Parliament

United States

Ash Carter, United States Secretary of Defense

Africa

Asia

Canada

Christy Clark, Premier of British Columbia

Caribbean

Europe

Gerhard Schröder (CDU), West German Foreign Minister and Defence Minister

Middle East

Oceania

Sir Michael Cullen, Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand

Royalty

Judges and lawyers

Lord Reed, President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom

Military

Officers

James Francis Edward Keith, Generalfeldmarschall of the Prussian Army
Lord Cochrane, Admiral of the Red

Soldiers

William Brydon

Victoria Cross and George Cross Recipients

Natural sciences, engineering and medicine

Astronomy

Chemistry

Sir James Dewar
Joseph Black

Geology

Computer Science and Informatics

See also: School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh § Senior academic staff and alumni

Senior Academic Staff

Former Staff and Alumni

Geoffrey Hinton

Engineering

Alexander Graham Bell

Mathematics and Physics

James Clerk Maxwell
Max Born

Medicine and biology

Main article: List of University of Edinburgh medical people

Charles Darwin
Joseph Lister
Robert Liston
May-Britt Moser
Sir Ian Wilmut

Social sciences, arts and business

Pulitzer Prize

Architecture

Robert Adam

Business

John Boyd Dunlop
Tony Hayward

Economics

Sir James Mirrlees

Literature

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Robert Louis Stevenson

Media and the arts

Laura Kuenssberg

Music

History, philosophy, sociology and theology

David Hume
Sir Patrick Geddes
V. Gordon Childe

Others

Sports

Miscellaneous

Piers Sellers

University officials

Main articles: Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh, Rector of the University of Edinburgh, and List of Principals of the University of Edinburgh

Sir Edward Appleton, Nobel Laureate in Physics in 1947 for his discoveries of the Ionosphere, was Principle from 1949 to 1965.
Sir Edward Appleton, Nobel Laureate in Physics in 1947 for his discoveries of the Ionosphere, was Principle from 1949 to 1965.

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Edward was taught by professor Lyon Playfair and others at Edinburgh during 1859. Although he attended courses, he never formally matriculated as a student.
  2. ^ Rowling attended the Moray House School of Education in 1995, before it merged with the university in 1998.

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