List of Nobel laureates affiliated with the University of Edinburgh

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Max Born, one of the founding fathers of quantum mechanics, was Tait Professor of Natural Philosophy from 1936 to 1953 at Edinburgh University. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1954.[1]

This list of Nobel laureates affiliated with the University of Edinburgh includes academic staffs and researchers as well as graduates and non-graduate former students of the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, who were bestowed with the Nobel Prize and the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.

As of 2014, 20 Nobel laureates have been affiliated with the university. They have been affiliated with the university as students, researchers, administrators and professors, and they have won Nobel Prizes in all categories.

It does not include those whose only affiliation with the university is (i) giving the Gifford Lectures (e.g. Niels Bohr, who gave the lecture entitled Causality and Complementarity: Epistemological Lessons of Studies in Atomic Physics in 1949)[2] or (ii) the conferral of an honorary degree (e.g. August Krogh).[3]

Edinburgh Nobel laureates

Nobel Prize in Physics

Name Prize & year Affiliation Reference
Charles Glover Barkla Nobel Prize in Physics in 1917 Professor of Natural Philosophy, 1913–1944 [4]
Edward Victor Appleton Nobel Prize in Physics in 1947 Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Edinburgh University, 1949–1965 [5][6]
Max Born Nobel Prize in Physics in 1954 Tait Professor of Natural Philosophy, 1936–1953 [1]
Igor Tamm Nobel Prize in Physics in 1958 Undergraduate student, 1913–1914 [7]
Peter Higgs Nobel Prize in Physics in 2013 Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 Senior Student 1954–1955, Senior Research Fellow 1955–1956, Lecturer in Mathematical Physics 1960–1970, Reader 1970–1980, Professor 1980–1996, and Emeritus Professor 1996 – present [8]

Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Name Prize & year Affiliation Reference
Vincent du Vigneaud Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1955 Post-doctoral fellow, 1929 [9]
Alexander R. Todd Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1957 Academic staff, 1934–1936 [10]
Peter D. Mitchell Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1978 Academic staff 1955–1960, Senior Lecturer 1961–1962, and Reader 1962–1963 at the Department of Zoology [11]
Kurt Wuthrich Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2002 Visiting Professor, 1997–2000 [12]

Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

Name Prize & year Affiliation Reference
Alexander Fleming Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1945 Rector, 1951–1954 [13]
Hermann Muller Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1946 Academic staff at the Institute of Animal Genetics (now amalgamated into the School of Biological Sciences), 1937–1940 [14]
Peter C. Doherty Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1996 PhD in 1970 [15]
Paul Nurse Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2001 Post-doctoral researcher, 1973–1979 [16][17]
Robert G. Edwards Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2010 Diploma in Animal Genetics in 1952, PhD in 1955, and post-doctoral researcher from 1955 to 1957 [18][19]
Randy Schekman Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2013 Undergraduate student, 1968–1969 [20][21][22]
May-Britt Moser Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2014 Post-doctoral researcher 1995–1997 [23]
Edvard Moser Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2014 Post-doctoral researcher 1995–1997, Honorary Professor [23]

Nobel Peace Prize

Name Prize & year Affiliation Reference
Joseph Rotblat Nobel Peace Prize in 1995 Montague Visiting Professor of International Relations, 1975–1976 [24][25]

Nobel Prize in Literature

Name Prize & year Affiliation Reference
Winston Churchill Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954 Rector, 1929–1932 [26]

Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences

Name Prize & year Affiliation Reference
James Mirrlees Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1996 MA in Mathematics and Natural Philosophy, 1954–1957 [27]

See also

References

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