The University of Birmingham has a rather involved history. The oldest entity to which the modern university can trace its roots is the Birmingham School of Medicine and Surgery, founded in 1825. This medical-training college was officially recognized by the crown in 1836, becoming the Birmingham Royal School of Medicine and Surgery, which developed into Queen’s College, Birmingham, in 1843.
A separate institution of higher learning, Mason Science College, was founded in Birmingham in 1875, upgrading to Mason University College in 1898.
Two years later, in 1900, the Birmingham Royal School of Medicine and Surgery and Mason University College merged to become the new University of Birmingham, operating under a royal charter.
Birmingham was one of the first of the so-called “red-brick” universities, operating under the auspices of the crown as public institutions in provincial English cities. The red bricks were not only closer to home for many English people, they were also far less exclusive in their admission criteria and general ambience, as well as representing a less expensive higher education option, than Oxford or Cambridge.
Birmingham has always been strong in the natural sciences. Some 11 Nobel Prize recipients have called the university home, including:
Other Birmingham-connected notables include:
Who are University of Birmingham's Most influential alumni?
University of Birmingham's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Religious Studies, Medical, and Engineering. University of Birmingham’s most academically influential people include Maurice Wilkins, Paul Nurse, and David Lodge.
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