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University of Edinburgh

EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION

Location:
Edinburgh, Scotland

Founding Date:
1583

Enrollment:
20,000

Official Website:
http://www.ed.ac.uk/

STUDENTS

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Edward Abbey
Author
29-Jan-1927 14-Mar-1989 Desert Solitaire
Ralph Abercromby
Military
7-Oct-1734 28-Mar-1801 British general
Robert Adam
Architect
3-Jul-1728 3-Mar-1792 Scottish Neoclassical architect
Mark Akenside
Poet
9-Nov-1721 23-Jun-1770 The Pleasures of the Imagination
Douglas Alexander
Politician
26-Oct-1967   British MP, Paisley and Renfrewshire South
Jane Alexander
Actor
28-Oct-1939   The Ring
John Anderson
Politician
8-Jul-1882 4-Jan-1958 Chancellor of the Exchequer, 1943-45
Tommy Armour
Golf
24-Sep-1894 12-Sep-1968 Winner of 3 Majors
Maria Bamford
Comic
3-Sep-1970   Comedians of Comedy
Hastings Banda
Head of State
1898 25-Nov-1997 First President of Malawi
J. M. Barrie
Author
9-May-1860 19-Jun-1937 Peter Pan
Thomas Bayes
Mathematician
1701 7-Apr-1761 Bayes' theorem
Alexander Graham Bell
Inventor
3-Mar-1847 2-Aug-1922 Inventor of the telephone
Sir Charles Bell
Doctor
Nov-1774 28-Apr-1842 New Idea of Anatomy of the Brain
Eugene Carson Blake
Religion
7-Nov-1906 31-Jul-1985 General Secretary, World Council of Churches, 1966-74
James Boswell
Author
29-Oct-1740 19-May-1795 The Life of Samuel Johnson
George Mackay Brown
Poet
17-Oct-1921 13-Apr-1996 Time in a Red Coat
Gordon Brown
Politician
20-Feb-1951   UK Prime Minister, 2007-10
Robert Brown
Botanist
21-Dec-1773 10-Jun-1858 Brownian motion
Jocelyn Bell Burnell
Astronomer
15-Jul-1943   Co-Discoverer of pulsars
Thomas Carlyle
Historian
4-Dec-1795 5-Feb-1881 The French Revolution
Thomas Chalmers
Religion
17-Mar-1780 30-May-1847 Free Church of Scotland
Ian Charleson
Actor
11-Aug-1949 6-Jan-1990 Chariots of Fire
Bruce Chatwin
Author
13-May-1940 18-Jan-1989 In Patagonia
William Cochran
Physicist
30-Jul-1922 28-Aug-2003 Crystallography
Cadwallader Colden
Physicist
7-Feb-1689 20-Sep-1776 Colonial scientist and statesman
Ralph Connor
Author
13-Sep-1860 31-Oct-1937 Canadian pulp author, Black Rock
Benjamin Constant
Politician
25-Oct-1767 8-Dec-1830 French political thinker
Robin Cook
Politician
28-Feb-1946 6-Aug-2005 UK Foreign Secretary, 1997-2001
Charles Darwin
Naturalist
12-Feb-1809 19-Apr-1882 Proposed theory of evolution via natural selection
Thomas Davidson
Paleontologist
17-May-1817 14-Oct-1885 British Fossil Brachiopoda
John William Dawson
Geologist
30-Oct-1820 20-Nov-1899 Air Breathers of the Coal Period
James Dewar
Physicist
20-Sep-1842 27-Mar-1923 Researcher of low temperatures
Peter C. Doherty
Scientist
15-Oct-1940   T-cells and antigens
James Donald
Actor
18-May-1917 3-Aug-1993 Third Man on the Mountain
Arthur Conan Doyle
Novelist
22-May-1859 7-Jul-1930 Creator of Sherlock Holmes
Robert G. Edwards
Scientist
27-Sep-1925 10-Apr-2013 In vitro fertilization
Edwin Feulner
Activist
12-Aug-1941   Heritage Foundation founder
James Finlayson
Actor
27-Aug-1887 9-Oct-1953 D'oh!
Henry FitzRoy
Aristocrat
6-Apr-1978   12th Duke of Grafton
Edward Forbes
Naturalist
12-Feb-1815 18-Nov-1854 History of British Mollusca
John Fowles
Novelist
31-Mar-1926 5-Nov-2005 The French Lieutenant's Woman
T. R. Fraser
Scientist
5-Feb-1841 4-Jan-1920 Made poison and venom into medicine
Klaus Fuchs
Spy
29-Dec-1911 28-Jan-1988 Manhattan Project scientist, spy for USSR
Robert Garioch
Poet
9-May-1909 26-Apr-1981 Scots dialect poet
Reuel Marc Gerecht
Government
?   PNAC Middle East Initiative
John Gilmour
Politician
27-May-1876 30-Mar-1940 UK Home Secretary, 1932-35
Oliver Goldsmith
Author
10-Nov-1730 4-Apr-1774 The Vicar of Wakefield
Hugh Grant
Business
c. 1958   CEO of Monsanto
Mark Haddon
Author
1962   The Curious Incident
John Scott Haldane
Doctor
3-May-1860 14-Mar-1936 Breathing regulated by CO2
Richard Burdon Haldane
Government
30-Jul-1856 19-Aug-1928 Lord Chancellor, 1912-15 and 1924
Marshall Hall
Doctor
18-Feb-1790 11-Aug-1857 Theory of reflex action
William Snow Harris
Physicist
1-Apr-1791 22-Jan-1867 Invented a lightning rod for ships
Tony Hayward
Business
c. 1957   CEO of BP, 2007-10
William Henry
Chemist
12-Dec-1775 2-Sep-1836 Henry's Law
John Home
Playwright
21-Sep-1722 5-Sep-1808 Douglas
Francis Horner
Economist
12-Aug-1778 8-Feb-1817 Bullion Report
Leonard Horner
Geologist
17-Jan-1785 5-Mar-1864 Scottish geologist, educator
David Hume
Philosopher
7-May-1711 25-Aug-1776 Empiricist nonpareil
James Hutton
Geologist
3-Jun-1726 26-Mar-1797 Theory of the Earth
Edward Irving
Religion
4-Aug-1792 7-Dec-1834 Holy Catholic Apostolic Church
Sir James Ivory
Mathematician
17-Feb-1765 21-Sep-1842 Ivory's Theorem
Kristina M. Johnson
Educator
c. 1958   Provost of Johns Hopkins University
Russell Johnston
Politician
28-Jul-1932 27-Jul-2008 Liberal MP from Inverness, 1964-97
Stephen Jones
Biologist
24-Mar-1944   Geneticist and pop science writer
George Kelly
Psychologist
28-Apr-1905 6-Mar-1967 Personal Construct Theory of personality
Tom Kibble
Mathematician
23-Dec-1932   Zurek-Kibble theory
Jonathan K. C. Knowles
Business
?   Director of Research at Roche
Alexander Gordon Laing
Explorer
27-Dec-1793 26-Sep-1826 Explorer killed returning from Timbuktu
Robert Leighton
Religion
1611 25-Jun-1684 Archbishop of Glasgow
Eric Liddell
Track and Field
16-Jan-1902 21-Feb-1945 The Flying Scotsman
Bridget A. Macaskill
Business
c. 1948   CEO of Oppenheimer Funds, 1995-2001
Hugh MacDiarmid
Poet
11-Aug-1892 9-Sep-1978 A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle
Angus Macfadyen
Actor
21-Sep-1963   Braveheart
Robert Morrison MacIver
Sociologist
17-Apr-1882 15-Jun-1970 The Web of Government
James Clerk Maxwell
Physicist
13-Jun-1831 5-Nov-1879 Maxwell's equations
Dave McCurdy
Politician
30-Mar-1950   Congressman from Oklahoma, 1981-95
Ephraim McDowell
Doctor
11-Nov-1771 25-Jun-1830 Performed the first ovariotomy
Pippa Middleton
Socialite
6-Sep-1983   Sister of Kate Middleton
James Mill
Philosopher
6-Apr-1773 23-Jun-1836 History of India
James A. Mirrlees
Economist
5-Jul-1936   Asymmetric information in economics
Bill Moyers
Journalist
6-Jun-1934   NOW with Bill Moyers
Hermann J. Muller
Scientist
21-Dec-1890 5-Apr-1967 Genetic effects of radiation
Ian Nish
Scholar
3-Jun-1926   Japanese Foreign Policy specialist
Sir Richard Owen
Naturalist
20-Jul-1804 18-Dec-1892 A History of British Fossil Reptiles
Mungo Park
Explorer
10-Sep-1771 1806 Scottish explorer of the Niger
Kevin Phillips
Pundit
30-Nov-1940   Political commentator
Philip Syng Physick
Doctor
7-Jul-1768 15-Dec-1837 Father of American surgery
David E. I. Pyott
Business
c. 1953   CEO of Allergan
Malcolm Rifkind
Politician
21-Jun-1946   UK Foreign Secretary, 1995-97
Peter J. Robertson
Business
1947   Vice Chairman of Chevron
Peter Mark Roget
Author
18-Jan-1779 12-Sep-1869 Roget's Thesaurus
Elmo Roper
Business
31-Jul-1900 30-Apr-1971 American pollster
Benjamin Rush
Politician
4-Jan-1746 19-Apr-1813 Signed Declaration of Independence
Sir Robert Sibbald
Doctor
15-Apr-1641 Aug-1722 Scottish physician and antiquary
Ike Skelton
Politician
20-Dec-1931   Congressman from Missouri, 1977-2011
David Steel
Politician
31-Mar-1938   Leader of the UK Liberal Party, 1976-88
Robert Stephenson
Engineer
16-Oct-1803 12-Oct-1859 Builder of railroad bridges
Robert Stevenson
Engineer
8-Jun-1772 12-Jul-1850 Scottish lighthouse designer
Robert Louis Stevenson
Author
13-Nov-1850 3-Dec-1894 Treasure Island
Balfour Stewart
Physicist
1-Nov-1828 19-Dec-1887 Studied magnetism, radiant heat
James Syme
Doctor
7-Nov-1799 26-Jun-1870 Leading Scottish surgeon
Mike Synar
Politician
17-Oct-1950 9-Jan-1996 Congressman from Oklahoma, 1979-95
Peter Guthrie Tait
Physicist
28-Apr-1831 4-Jul-1901 Treatise on Quaternions
Igor Y. Tamm
Physicist
8-Jul-1895 12-Apr-1971 Cherenkov radiation
D'Arcy Thompson
Biologist
2-May-1860 21-Jun-1948 On Growth and Form
William Thornton
Architect
20-May-1759 28-Mar-1828 First architect of the US Capitol
Charles Tupper
Head of State
2-Jul-1821 30-Oct-1915 Prime Minister of Canada, 1896
Immanuel Velikovsky
Author
10-Jun-1895 17-Nov-1979 Worlds in Collision
Vincent du Vigneaud
Chemist
18-May-1901 11-Dec-1978 Synthesized vasopressin and oxytocin
William Walker
Military
8-May-1824 12-Sep-1860 American "filibuster"
Robert Willan
Doctor
12-Nov-1757 17-Apr-1812 Dermatologist, On cutaneous diseases
James Wilson
Judge
14-Sep-1742 28-Aug-1798 US Supreme Court Justice, 1789-98
Thomas Young
Physicist
13-Jun-1773 10-May-1829 Wave Theory of Light

TEACHERS AND PROFESSORS

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Charles Glover Barkla
Physicist
7-Jun-1877 23-Oct-1944 X-ray scattering
Sir Charles Bell
Doctor
Nov-1774 28-Apr-1842 New Idea of Anatomy of the Brain
Ludwig Biermann
Astronomer
13-Mar-1907 12-Jan-1986 Solar winds
Max Born
Physicist
11-Dec-1882 5-Jan-1970 Pioneer of quantum mechanics
Kenneth E. Boulding
Economist
18-Jan-1910 18-Mar-1993 The Image: Knowledge of Life in Society
Gordon Childe
Archaeologist
14-Apr-1892 19-Oct-1957 The Dawn of European Civilisation
A. J. Clark
Scientist
19-Aug-1885 30-Jul-1941 Drug responses
William Cochran
Physicist
30-Jul-1922 28-Aug-2003 Crystallography
Edward Forbes
Naturalist
12-Feb-1815 18-Nov-1854 History of British Mollusca
T. R. Fraser
Scientist
5-Feb-1841 4-Jan-1920 Made poison and venom into medicine
John H. Gaddum
Scientist
31-Mar-1900 30-Jun-1965 Drug antagonism
Richard Gregory
Psychologist
24-Jul-1923 17-May-2010 Optical illusions and "hands-on" science
Peter Higgs
Physicist
29-May-1929   Higgs boson and Higgs field
Arthur Holmes
Geologist
14-Jan-1890 20-Sep-1965 Father of the geological timescale
Thomas Henry Huxley
Scientist
24-May-1825 29-Jun-1895 Debated Wilberforce over evolution
Nicholas Kemmer
Physicist
7-Dec-1911 21-Oct-1998 Nuclear weapons and reactors
Robert Leighton
Religion
1611 25-Jun-1684 Archbishop of Glasgow
Peter Mitchell
Chemist
29-Sep-1920 10-Apr-1992 ADP to ATP conversion in mitochondria
John Playfair
Mathematician
10-Mar-1748 20-Jul-1819 Huttonian Theory of the Earth
Joseph Rotblat
Physicist
4-Nov-1908 31-Aug-2005 Nuclear physicist, anti-nuke activist
George Saintsbury
Critic
23-Oct-1845 28-Jan-1933 A History of Criticism
Sir Robert Sibbald
Doctor
15-Apr-1641 Aug-1722 Scottish physician and antiquary
Alastair Sim
Actor
9-Oct-1900 19-Aug-1976 Scrooge in A Christmas Carol
Peter Guthrie Tait
Physicist
28-Apr-1831 4-Jul-1901 Treatise on Quaternions
Alexander R. Todd
Chemist
2-Oct-1907 10-Jan-1997 Nuclaic acid, nucleotides

ADMINISTRATORS AND TRUSTEES

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Edmund Allenby
Military
23-Apr-1861 14-May-1936 Defeated the Turks in WWI
Kenneth Allsop
Critic
29-Jan-1920 23-May-1973 London Evening News book critic
Edward Victor Appleton
Physicist
6-Sep-1892 21-Apr-1965 Ionosphere, shortwave radio
Arthur Balfour
Head of State
25-Jul-1848 19-Mar-1930 UK Prime Minister, 1902-05
Gordon Brown
Politician
20-Feb-1951   UK Prime Minister, 2007-10
William Cochran
Physicist
30-Jul-1922 28-Aug-2003 Crystallography
Alexander Fleming
Scientist
6-Aug-1881 11-Mar-1955 Discovered penicillin
David Lloyd George
Head of State
17-Jan-1863 26-Mar-1945 UK Prime Minister, 1916-22
John Gilmour
Politician
27-May-1876 30-Mar-1940 UK Home Secretary, 1932-35
Jo Grimond
Politician
29-Jul-1913 24-Oct-1993 Leader of the UK Liberal Party, 1956-67
James Robertson Justice
Actor
15-Jun-1907 2-Jul-1975 Doctor in the House
Prince Philip
Royalty
10-Jun-1921   Duke of Edinburgh
Alastair Sim
Actor
9-Oct-1900 19-Aug-1976 Scrooge in A Christmas Carol
David Steel
Politician
31-Mar-1938   Leader of the UK Liberal Party, 1976-88


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