We erect commemorative plaques around the University to celebrate the achievements of individuals who have been associated with us throughout our 400-year history.
Architect, creator of the University's Old College building, alumnus.
Charles Glover Barkla
Nobel Prize physicist, Chair in Natural Philosophy.
James Miranda Barry
Pioneering British Army surgeon, first female graduate of the University.
Nobel Prize physicist, Tait Professor of Natural Philosophy.
Lawyer, diarist, author, biographer of Dr Samuel Johnson.
Historian, author of 'The French Revolution', University Rector, alumnus.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Author of Sherlock Holmes series of novels and stories, physician, alumnus.
Pioneer of veterinary science and education, founder of the Royal Dick Veterinary School.
Sir Patrick Geddes
Biologist, sociologist, planner, founder of the first Scottish university student residence.
Peter Ware Higgs
Nobel Prize physicist, Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Physics.
Philosopher, historian, author of 'A Treatise of Human Nature', alumnus.
Geologist, chemist, naturalist, founder of modern geology, alumnus.
Elsie Maud Inglis
Founder of Scottish Women's Suffrage Federation and Scottish Women's Hospitals, alumna.
Physician, pioneer of medical education for women in Britain, alumna.
Baroness Jennie Lee
One of the first female Members of Parliament, founder of the Open University, alumna.
Olympic 400 metre champion, teacher, missionary, alumnus.
Lord Joseph Lister
Founder of antiseptic medicine and aseptic surgery, Regius Professor of Clinical Surgery.
Advocate of a University in the city, benefactor and founder of the University's Library.
Jurist, philosopher, Regius Professor of Public Law, alumnus.
Gaelic poet, teacher, Writer in Residence, honorary Doctor of Letters, alumnus.
Jessie Chrystal Macmillan
Suffragist, founder of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, first female science alumna.
Founder of McEwan's Brewery, Member of Parliament for Edinburgh, major benefactor of the University.
Julius Kambarage Nyerere
African statesman, first President of Tanzania, alumnus.
William Henry Playfair
Architect of the University's Old College and New College buildings.
General John Reid
British Army officer, flautist, composer, his benefaction established a Chair of Music.
Peter Mark Roget
Physician, philologist, author of the Thesaurus of English Words & Phrases, alumnus.
First Regent and first Principal of the University.
Signatory of the American Declaration of Independence, physician, alumnus.
Sir Walter Scott
Prolific novelist, poet, historian, lawyer and alumnus.
Sir Robert Sibbald
Professor of Medicine, founder of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, alumnus.
James Young Simpson
Pioneer of anaesthetics, Professor of Midwifery, alumnus.
Robert Louis Stevenson
Poet, author of Treasure Island, Kidnapped, Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde, alumnus.
Sir Charles Wyville Thomson
Challenger expedition leader, Professor of Natural History, alumnus.
Sir Godfrey Thomson
Authority on intelligence testing, Bell Professor of Education, alumnus.