College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine

Historic alumni

Medicine at the University of Edinburgh has been driven by eccentric, brilliant, and ground-breaking individuals, from Charles Darwin to Sophia Jex-Blake.

James Barry (1795 - 1865)

Dr James Barry
James Barry was a pioneering British Army surgeon and, in all probability, the daughter of a grocer from Cork.

Sophia Jex-Blake (1840 – 1912)

Sophia Jex-Blake
British physician and pioneer for medical education for women, Sophia Jex-Blake studied medicine at Edinburgh but was forced to take her degree in Switzerland.

Charles Darwin (1809 – 1882)

Charles Darwin
Naturalist and geologist Charles Darwin’s radical ideas shaped modern thinking about where we come from.

Lord Joseph Lister (1827-1912)

Lister plaque
Lord Joseph Lister was the founder of antiseptic medicine and aseptic surgery, and Regius Professor of Clinical Surgery.

James Young Simpson (1811-1870)

Simpson plaque
James Young Simpson was a pioneer of anaesthetics, Professor of Midwifery, and an alumnus of the University of Edinburgh.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)

Conan Doyle plaque
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was the author of the Sherlock Holmes series of novels and stories, a physician, and an alumnus of the University of Edinburgh.

William Dick (1793-1866)

Dick plaque
William Dick was a pioneer of veterinary science and education, and the founder of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.

Elsie Maud Inglis (1864-1917)

Inglis plaque
Elsie Inglis was the founder of the Scottish Women's Suffrage Federation and Scottish Women's Hospitals, and an alumna of the University of Edinburgh.

Benjamin Rush (1746-1813)

Rush plaque
Benjamin Rush was a signatory of the American Declaration of Independence, a physician, and an alumnus of the University of Edinburgh.

Sir Robert Sibbald (1641-1722)

Sibbald plaque
Sir Robert Sibbald was a Professor of Medicine, the founder of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, and an alumnus of the University of Edinburgh.