Notable Alumni

Across many generations of pupils the Edinburgh Academy has produced leading lights in a multiplicity of disciplines. These include Robert Louis Stevenson (Writer) and James Clerk Maxwell (Physicist) to name but two.

The following profiles are just a sample of the talents shown by our Academicals.

Edwina Brown
(EA 1966–67)

Honorary Professor of Renal Medicine, Imperial College London was a medical undergraduate at Somerville College, Oxford and University College Hospital, London. She undertook her renal training at Yale in USA and Charing Cross Hospital. She specialises in chronic kidney disease, predialysis, diabetic kidney disease, peritoneal dialysis. Her publications include research into peritoneal dialysis and patient outcomes, specifically older patients with kidney disease and/or on dialysis.

Anneliese M Day
(EA 1988–90)

Having read Law at Cambridge University, Claire College and then Harvard University, obtaining a M.A (Cantab.) (First Class), Anneliese joined Four New Square in 1996, and now deals primarily with commercial and construction disputes, professional liability claims and insurance related issues. With extensive experience in domestic and international litigation and arbitrations, her career has taken her to Dubai, Doha, Cayman Islands, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, the United States and several European countries. Anneliese won ‘Barrister of the Year’ at the ‘The Lawyer’ 2014 Awards and was named one of the 500 most influential people in the UK by Debretts in 2015.

Sionaidh Douglas-Scott
(EA 1977)

Sionaidh studied philosophy, art history and aesthetics before reading Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She specialises in Constitutional Law, EA public law, human rights, and legal and social theory, and has published widely in these fields. A barrister and member of Gray’s Inn, she was Professor of Law at King’s College London before moving to the University of Oxford in 2007 to take up the post of Professor of European Law, Human Rights, Law and Social Theory and Public Law at Lady Margaret Hall. In September 2015, she joined Queen Mary University of London as Anniversary Chair in Law and Co-Director at the Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context. Throughout her career she has also held several visiting posts and lectured across Europe and the United States, including Georgetown Law School, Columbia University and the University of Bonn.


Patrick J Grant
(EA 1981–86)

After graduating with a degree in material sciences from the University of Leeds in 1994 Patrick spent a year in the United States, undertaking a variety of roles, before beginning his career in marketing, first at BICC and Corning and then moving to Bookham Technology. He gained his MBA, from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, in 2005 and, in the same year, purchased Norton & Sons. Over the next three years Patrick rejuvenated the business and, in 2009, relaunched the Norton & Sons subsidiary E. Tautz & Sons. He was awarded ‘Menswear Designer of 2010’ at the British Fashion Awards and has been working with Barbour as Creative Director of their Beacon Heritage Line since 2012, and is a judge on the BBC series ‘The Great British Sewing Bee’. In 2013 he was made an honorary Professor in Business at Glasgow Caledonian University.

J Michael Kosterlitz photo by Bengt Nyman

J Michael Kosterlitz
(EA 1959–62)

Mike Kosterlitz was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2016, the Maxwell Medal and Prize from the British Institute of Physics in 1981, and the Lars Onsager Prize from the American Physical Society in 2000, especially, for his work on the Kosterlitz-Thouless transition. Since 1993, he has been a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

Robert Scott
(EA 1969–82)

A clinical consultant of Ophthalmology for nearly 20 years, Professor Robert Scott is Medical Director at Moorfields Eye Hospital Dubai and Honorary Professor of the University of Birmingham. Rob has worked for UK Ministry of Defence, Royal Air Force (RAF), and National Institute for Health Research. In 2013 he was awarded the Lady Cade medal for meritorious research conducted by an RAF medical officer and in 2011 listed as one of the UK’s top 50 all speciality surgeons.


Ninian Stephen photo by Berichard

Sir Ninian Stephen
(EA 1933–36)

Governor General of Australia, Sir Ninian was born on 15 June 1923 in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England. Stephen was educated at the Academy and the University of Melbourne, but his studies were interrupted by World War II, in which he served as a corporal in the Australian Army, 3rd Water Transport Group (Royal Engineers), in New Guinea and Borneo, rising to the rank of lieutenant before discharge in 1946. Stephen completed his legal studies in 1950 and was called to the Victorian Bar in 1952.