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Heads of state and Heads of government



  • Sir Michael Atiyah, mathematician, winner of Abel Prize, (Maths' equivalent of the Nobel Prize)
  • Colin MacLaurin [r]: (1698–1746) Scottish mathematician who published the first systematic exposition of Newton's calculus. [e]
  • John Playfair [r]: (1748-1819) Scottish mathematician, best known for his explanation and promotion of the work of James Hutton [e]


  • Charles Darwin [r]: (1809 – 1882) English natural scientist, most famous for proposing the theory of natural selection. [e]
  • Richard Owen [r]: (1804–1892) English comparative anatomist and palaeontologist, best remembered for coining the word Dinosauria and for his opposition to Charles Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection. [e]
  • Edward Albert Sharpey-Schafer [r]: (1850 – 1935) Physiologist who coined the words "insulin" and "endocrine" and who demonstrated the existence of adrenaline. [e]
  • Fleeming Jenkin [r]: (1833 – 1885) Professor of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh, known as the inventor of telpherage. [e]
  • Percy Theodore Herring [r]: (1872 - 1967) Physiologist who first described Herring bodies in the posterior pituitary gland. [e]


  • Alexander Monro primus [r]: (1697 – 1767) Anatomist; the founder of Edinburgh Medical School. [e]
  • Alexander Monro secundus [r]: (1733 - 1817) Professor of Anatomy at the University of Edinburgh, known as the discoverer of the lymphatic system. [e]
  • Alexander Monro tertius [r]: (1773 - 1859) Followed his father and grandfather in becoming professor of anatomy at Edinburgh University. [e]
  • William Cullen [r]: (1710-1790) The leading British physician of the 18th century. [e]
  • Joseph Lister [r]: (1827 – 1912) Surgeon who promoted the idea of sterile surgery. [e]
  • James Young Simpson [r]: (1811 – 1870) Scottish doctor who discovered the anaesthetic properties of chloroform and introduced it for general medical use. [e]
  • John Forbes [r]: (1787-1861), physician and medical journalist [e]
  • Andrew Duncan [r]: (1744- 1877) Scottish medical reformer, best known for his humane treatment of the mentally ill. [e]
  • Peter Doherty [r]: (1940 - ), winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1996 for his

research on immunology. [e]

  • Mary Pickford [r]: (1902-2002)Pioneer in endocrinology, and the first woman to hold a medical chair at Edinburgh University. [e]










Nobel Laureates

The University is associated with nine Nobel Prize winners (Source: http://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/postgraduate/edinburgh/alumni.html)



University Officials