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#73 Overall Influence

University of Birmingham

University in Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
By James Barham, PhD

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:

  • John M. Kosterlitz, John Schrieffer & David Thouless — physics
  • Norman Haworth & Fraser Stoddart — chemistry
  • Maurice Wilkins, Peter Medawar, John Vane & Paul Nurse — physiology or medicine

Other Birmingham-connected notables include:

  • Physicists Rudolf Peierls, Otto Frisch, Mark Oliphant & John S. Bell
  • Biologist and organ transplantation pioneer, Rupert Billingham
  • Ethologist and popular science writer, Desmond Morris
  • Philosopher, Michael Dummett
  • Philosopher and theologian, William Lane Craig
  • Novelist and screenwriter, James Clavell
  • Actors Madeleine Carroll, George Takei & Isaac Hempstead Wright
  • German billionaire heiress, Susanne Klatten
  • Chemical engineer and industrialist, Jim Ratcliffe
  • Economist and current member of the Greek Parliament, Yanis Varoufakis
  • Former British Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain

From Wikipedia

The University of Birmingham is a public research university located in Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom. It received its royal charter in 1900 as a successor to Queen's College, Birmingham , and Mason Science College , making it the first English civic or 'red brick' university to receive its own royal charter. It is a founding member of both the Russell Group of British research universities and the international network of research universities, Universitas 21.

Source: Wikipedia

What is University of Birmingham 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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Religious Studies
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Political Science
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Computer Science
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Earth Sciences
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Criminal Justice
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Social Work

Influential People

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 Physics, Religious Studies, and History

Nick Jenkins

English businessman

Elizabeth Filkin

British civil servant

Sarah Franklin

American anthropologist

John Lewis

Philosopher, Unitarian minister and Marxist from Great Britain

Leo Kuper

South African philosopher

Olly Moss

English graphic artist

Eric Roll, Baron Roll of Ipsden

British economist

C. J. Sansom

British author of crime fiction

Walter Marshall, Baron Marshall of Goring

British peer and scientist

Brian MacMahon

Brian MacMahon

Epidemiologist and cancer researcher

John David Brewer

British sociologist

Arun Kumar Basak

Arun Kumar Basak

Scientist and physicist of Bangladesh