The University has been the home of some of the most notable names in the biological sciences, both living and historic.
Professor Aubrey Manning was recognised as one of the country’s leading authorities on animal behaviour.
Perhaps surprisingly, Charles Darwin did not study biology or “natural history”. He enrolled at the University to study medicine in 1825, when he was just 16 years old.
Nobel laureate in Medicine Professor Sir Paul Nurse spent six years as a postdoctoral researcher in the biology department at Edinburgh, in what he later described as a period “pivotal for my entire research career”.
Robert Brown, like Charles Darwin, was another University of Edinburgh medical student who found renown through his work as a biologist.
Steve Jones, the well-known geneticist, prize-winning author and television presenter, completed his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Edinburgh.
Astronaut and ecologist Piers Sellers was an undergraduate student in ecology at Edinburgh, graduating in 1976.