With its rich history, noted alumni and distinguished scholars, the University of Edinburgh has much to be proud of in its many centuries as a world-renowned university.
From Nobel laureates and Olympic champions to space explorers and Prime Ministers, the University of Edinburgh has been influencing history since it opened the gates to its first students in 1583.
Following the Scottish Enlightenment of the 18th century, the University was positioned at the forefront of academia and critical thinking.
Due to the determination and perseverance of a group of Edinburgh intellectuals, established facts about the world were being boldly and consistently challenged.
Amid this group was David Hume, philosopher, economist and essayist known for his philosophical skepticism and empiricism; Joseph Black, the chemist behind the discovery of latent heat and carbon dioxide; and James Hutton, the ‘Father of Modern Geology’.
Shaping the past, the present and the future
The University of Edinburgh is the home of Britain’s oldest literary awards, the James Tait Black Prizes and Dolly the sheep, the first animal to be cloned from an adult somatic cell.
It was also here at the University of Edinburgh that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was inspired to create his notorious character, Sherlock Holmes, and James Young Simpson pioneered anaesthetics through his discovery of the properties of chloroform.
More recently, theoretical physicist and Professor Emeritus Peter Higgs was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his 1964 prediction of the Higgs Boson.
Through the many achievements of its staff and students, the University has continued to present cutting-edge research, inspirational teaching and innovative thinking as its central ethos, attracting some of the greatest minds from around the globe.
Since 2002, the University of Edinburgh has undergone a significant period of internationalisation. It has also greatly expanded its breadth and depth of expertise. The integration of the Edinburgh College of Art, the Roslin Institute and the Human Genetics Unit into the University has brought important new opportunities.
The University of Edinburgh is also committed to digital education, through distance and e-learning programmes and innovative developments such as Massive Open Online Courses, which has made it much more accessible. Its digital education has enabled a vibrant global audience numbered in millions to participate in its intellectual community.
Source: University of Edinburgh’s website
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