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Notable Alumni

One School, many famous Alumni 

For nearly 200 years and across many generations of pupils, the Edinburgh Academy has produced leading lights in a multiplicity of disciplines.


Eminent Academicals

James Clerk Maxwell (EA 1841–47)  Physicist & Inspiration to Einstein 

Robert Louis Stevenson (EA 1861–63)  Novelist, Poet, Essayist & Travel Writer 

Dr Joseph Bell (EA 1847–54)  Surgeon & Inspiration for Sherlock Holmes 

Francis C B Cadell (EA 1890–98)  Artist, Scottish Colourist 

Magnus Magnusson (EA 1935–48)  Journalist & Broadcaster 

Archibald Campbell Tait (EA 1811–82)  Archbishop of Canterbury 

Sir Ninian Stephen (EA 1933–36)  Governor General of Australia (1982–89) 

Tam Dalyell (EA 1939–41)  Politician & Author 

Mike Kosterlitz (EA 1959–62)  Nobel Prize for Physics 2016 

D’Arcy Thompson (EA 1970–77)  Mathematical Biologist 

Eric Stevenson (EA 1930–40)  Entrepreneur & Philanthropist 


Some Academicals making their mark on the world

Professor Robert Scott (EA 1969–82)  Medical Director & Clinical Researcher, Moorfields Eye Hospital 

Professor Edwina Brown (EA 1966–67)  Nephrologist and Academic Clinician 

Professor Andrew Chisholm (EA 1977–82)  Professor of Biological Sciences, UC San Diego 

Professor Nick Kuenssberg CBE (EA 1948–61)  Business Leader 

Dr Malcolm Cameron (EA 1978–91)  Consultant Psychiatrist 

Dr Scott Steedman, CBE FREng (EA 1963–76)  Director of Standards BSI 

Judge Ian Pringle QC (EA 1962–75)  Judge 

Anneliese Day (EA 1988–90)  Q.C. Silk of the Year 2014 

Sarah Whitley (EA 1976)  Head of Japanese Equities, Baillie Gifford 

Alastair Dorward (EA 1973–86)  Founder of Own Products, CEO at Yummy Spoonfuls and Method Products 

Will Whitehorn (EA 1965–77)  Chair at The SECC, Scottish Gallery and Clyde Space 

Clive Stiff (EA 1977–82)  President, Unilever, Australia and New Zealand 

Alan Fothergill (EA 1908–15)  Founder, SYHA 

Guy Berryman (EA 1987–90)  Musician, Coldplay 

Catherine McQueen (EA 1989–91)  Actor, Model, DJ and TV Presenter 

Sophie Cooke (EA 1992–93)  Author 

Iain Glen (EA 1966–79)  Actor 

Nicky Campbell (EA 1966–78)  Television & Radio Broadcaster 

Adrian Butchart (EA 1977–86)  Screen Writer & Producer 

Georgina Usher (EA 1988–90)  Medallist & CEO of British Fencing 

Mike Blair (EA 1986–99)  Rugby Internationalist 

David Jenkins (EA 1958–69)  Athlete & Food Scientist 

Robin Smith (EA 1983–96)  Designer, 2014 Commonwealth Torch 

Nick Ede (EA 1980–91)  PR & Brand Consultant & Philanthropist  

Patrick Grant (EA 1981–86)  Savile Row Tailor & TV Presenter 

Richard McLaughlan (EA 1992–2005)  Charity Founder

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