List of University of Edinburgh people

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List of University of Edinburgh people 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 21 Nobel Prize winners and three UK Prime Ministers.

Government and politics[edit]

Heads of state and heads of government[edit]

Former British Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown is an alumnus and former rector of the University of Edinburgh.
State/government Leader Office
 Canada Charles Tupper Prime Minister of Canada (1 May 1896 – 8 July 1896)
 Malawi Hastings Banda President of Malawi (1966–1994)
 Nicaragua William Walker President of Nicaragua (1856–1857)
 South Korea Yun Posun President of South Korea (1960–1962)
 South Korea Jang Taek-sang Prime Minister of South Korea (6 May 1952 – 6 October 1952)
 Tanzania Julius Nyerere President of Tanzania (1964–1985)
 UK Gordon Brown Prime Minister (2007–2010)
 UK John Russell, 1st Earl Russell Prime Minister (1846–52 and 1865–66)
 UK Henry Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston Prime Minister (1855–58 and 1859–65)
Arthur St. Clair President of the Continental Congress

United Kingdom[edit]

United States[edit]


Australia and New Zealand[edit]




Middle East[edit]


Judges and lawyers[edit]

Natural sciences, engineering and medicine[edit]





Mathematics, physics and engineering[edit]

Medicine and biology[edit]

Nobel laureates[edit]

Social sciences, arts and business[edit]

Pulitzer Prize winners[edit]

  • Jack N. Rakove, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1997 (undergraduate student from 1966 to 1967)
  • Andrew Marshall, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 2014 (MA in English Literature)





Media and the arts[edit]


History, philosophy, sociology and theology[edit]




University officials[edit]


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