The College's alumni includes groundbreaking, brilliant and sometimes eccentric individuals - from Charles Darwin to Sophia Jex-Blake.
The story of James Barry is one of the most remarkable in the University of Edinburgh's history. Born Margaret Ann Bulkley, Barry's identity as a woman was a secret until after death.
Sophia Jex-Blake (1840 – 1912)
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)
Naturalist and geologist Charles Darwin’s radical ideas shaped modern thinking about where we come from.
Lord Joseph Lister (1827-1912)
Lord Joseph Lister was the founder of antiseptic medicine and aseptic surgery, and Regius Professor of Clinical Surgery.
James Young Simpson (1811-1870)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.