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Imperial College London

Public research university located in London, United Kingdom
By James Barham, PhD

The origins of Imperial College London (ICL) can be traced back to the Royal College of Chemistry, founded in 1845. In 1853, this school was merged with the Royal School of Mines, established two years previously.

The modern Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine (ICL’s official name) was established by royal charter in 1907 through merger of the Royal School of Mines with the Royal College of Chemistry and the City and Guilds College.

Imperial College Medical School was formed in 1988 through merger with St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School (itself dating back to 1845), while in 2004 a brand-new Imperial College Business School opened its doors.

It is important to note that in 1907 ICL merged with the University of London for administrative purposes, while retaining its own identity as to curriculum, faculty, staff, and students. In 2007, on the one-hundredth anniversary of obtaining its royal charter, ICL became completely independent once again.

Today, ICL has a combined faculty and staff of more than 8000 serving a student population of over 19,000.

ICL can boast 14 Nobel laureates, three Fields Medalists, and 1 Turing Award–winner, some of whom are listed below. Other distinguished ICL linked individuals are listed below:

Fine Arts and Literature

  • Classical musician, composer, Kit Armstrong
  • Popular musician, Brian May
  • Novelist, essayist, H.G. Wells

Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Philosopher, Kenan Malik

Film, Photography, and Performing Arts

  • Actor, Navin Chowdhry

Media, Law, and Public Affairs

  • Former Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi
  • Physician, missionary, explorer, David Livingstone

STEM Disciplines

  • Space scientist, Maggie Aderin-Pocock
  • Physicist, Nobel laureate, Patrick Blackett
  • Physicist, William Crookes
  • Mathematician, Fields Medalist, Simon Donaldson
  • Physicist, Michael Duff
  • Microbiologist, Nobel laureate, Alexander Fleming
  • Electrical engineer, John Ambrose Fleming
  • Mathematician, Fields Medalist, Martin Hairer
  • Biochemist, Nobel laureate, Norman Haworth
  • Physical chemist, Nobel laureate, Cyril Hinshelwood
  • Biochemist, Nobel laureate, Frederick Gowland Hopkins
  • Physiologist, Nobel laureate, Andrew Huxley
  • Comparative anatomist, Thomas Henry Huxley
  • Physicist, Norman Lockyer
  • Physicist, Yuval Ne’eman
  • Mathematician, physicist, William Penney
  • Chemist, William Henry Perkin
  • Biochemist, Nobel laureate, Rodney Robert Porter
  • Mathematician, Fields Medalist, Klaus Roth
  • Physicist, Nobel laureate, Abdus Salam
  • Computer scientist, Turing Award winner, Leslie Valiant
  • Computer engineer, Kevin Warwick
  • Chemist, Nobel laureate, Geoffrey Wilkinson

From Wikipedia

Imperial College London is a public research university in London. Imperial grew out of Prince Albert's vision of an area for culture, including the Royal Albert Hall, Imperial Institute, numerous museums, and the Royal Colleges that would go on to form the college. In 1907, Imperial College was established by Royal Charter, merging the Royal College of Science, Royal School of Mines, and City and Guilds College. In 1988, the Imperial College School of Medicine was formed by combining with St Mary's Hospital Medical School. In 2004, Queen Elizabeth II opened the Imperial College Business School.

Source: Wikipedia

What is Imperial College London known for?

Our answer to this is to show you the disciplines in which a school's faculty and alumni have had the highest historical influence. A school may be influential in a discipline even if they do not offer degrees in that area. We've organized two lists to show where they are influential and offer corresponding degrees, and where they are influential through scholarship although they don't offer degrees in the disciplines.

Top areas of influence with degrees offered

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Computer Science
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Political Science
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Religious Studies
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Social Work

Influential People

Who are Imperial College London's Most influential alumni?

Imperial College London 's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Chemistry, Engineering, and Physics

Michael Neuberger

British biochemist

Jim Chamberlin

Jim Chamberlin

Canadian engineer for AVRO Arrow and NASA

John R. Womersley

British mathematician

Frank Dernie

British auto racing engineer

Ali Chamseddine

Lebanese physicist

Alec Reeves

British engineer

Sunetra Gupta

Indian novelist and epidemiologist

John Egan

Notable British industrialist

Athanassios S. Fokas

Greek mathematician

John Hardy

British geneticist

Vlatko Vedral

Anglo-Serbian physicist

Ian Read

British businessman