Asrat Woldeyes

Asrat Woldeys

Asrat Woldeyes was the first Ethiopian to graduate in medicine from the University of Edinburgh and went onto become one of Ethiopia’s most prominent medical doctors.

Matilda J. Clerk

Matilda Clerk

Dr Matilda Clerk was the first Ghanaian woman to secure a scholarship to study abroad. She dedicated herself to primary care and public health.

Ansuyah Singh

Singh Natal

Ansuyah Singh’s was an esteemed doctor, radical activist and author. She helped to instigate progressive change in her society.

Hastings Banda

Hastings Banda

Banda died with an appalling record of human rights abuses and extortion – personally owning as much as 45% of Malawi’s GDP.

Oku Ampofo

Dr Oku Ampofo

Dr. Oku Ampofo’s ground-breaking studies in plant medicine led to over 300 plants being identified and certified as having medicinal properties.

David Pitt

David Pitt

Lord David Thomas Pitt led an outstanding political and medical career. Pitt dedicated his life to medicine and politics, tenaciously fighting against racism and discrimination.

Kesaveloo Goonam

Dr Kesaveloo Goonaruthnum Naidoo

Kesaveloo Goonam graduated from Edinburgh in 1936 and ran numerous successful medical practices. Goonam was commemorated as “the first black woman doctor and freedom fighter”.

Agnes Yewande Savage – 1929

Agnes Yewande Savage

Dr Savage was probably first West African woman to qualify in medicine. She played key roles in the early histories of numerous important Ghanaian institutions.

Jung Bahadur Singh

Jung Bahadur Singh

After graduating Jung Bahadur Singh became a medical official and politician who fought for universal suffrage, workers’ rights and religious freedom in the Guyanese colony.

Sirdar Ikbal Ali Shah

Ikbal Ali Shah

Sirdar Ikbal Ali Shah was an Afghani-Indian, who attended Edinburgh the late 1910s. He established himself as a writer and diplomat, reporting on international relations.