Learn more about the alumni who studied at the University between 1800 - 1859.

Aghorenath Chattopadhyay

Aghorenath Chattopadhyay was the first Indian to secure a Doctor of Science degree. Aghorenath went on to become a prominent educationist and social worker.

Elijah McCoy

Elijah McCoy trained as an engineer through an apprenticeship in Edinburgh. He went onto patent over 60 of his inventions

James 'Africanus' Beale Horton

James “Africanus” Beale Horton was born in Sierra Leone in 1835. He is considered Edinburgh University’s first African graduate.

Wong Fun

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Dr Wong Fun became the first Western trained doctor in China after studying in Edinburgh in the 1850s.