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List of University of Edinburgh People

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

Heads of state and heads of government

Former British Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown is an alumnus and former rector of the University of Edinburgh.

United Kingdom

United States


Australia and New Zealand




Middle East


Judges and lawyers

Natural sciences, engineering and medicine





Mathematics, physics and engineering

Medicine and biology

Nobel laureates

Social sciences, arts and business

Pulitzer Prize winners

  • 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


History, philosophy, sociology and theology




University officials


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