University of Bristol
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University of Bristol

Research university located in Bristol, United Kingdom

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By James Barham, PhD

The University of Bristol traces its roots to a Merchant Venturers’ school (later the Merchant Venturers’ Technical College) founded in 1595 by the Society of Merchant Venturers, a Bristol-based charitable organization.

In 1876, a group of businessmen and religious leaders gathered to discuss the founding of a “College of Science and Literature for the West of England and South Wales.” This idea was brought to fruition in the form of University College, Bristol, that same year. A third institution, the Bristol Medical School, was founded in 1833.

In 1893, Bristol Medical School merged with University College, Bristol, while Merchant Venturers’ Technical School came on board in 1909—the year the University of Bristol acquired its royal charter and its current name.

Bristol is associated with 13 Nobel laureates, among whom we may name

  • Physicists, Nevill Mott, Paul Dirac, Cecil Frank Powell & Hans Bethe
  • Chemists, Dorothy Hodgkin, William Ramsay & Gerhard Herzberg
  • Biophysicist, Max Delbrück
  • Economist, Angus Deaton
  • Playwright, Harold Pinter
  • French novelist, J.M.G. Le Clézio

Other distinguished Bristol-connected people include the following:

  • Novelist, Angela Carter
  • Actors, Emily Watson, Carolyn Goodall & Tim Piggott-Smith
  • Film directors, Alex Cox & Michael Winterbottom
  • Philosopher, Michael Ruse
  • Astrophysicist, Philip Campbell
  • Physicists, David Bohm, Klaus Fuchs, M.G.K. Menon & Yakir Aharonov
  • Biochemist, Michael Denton
  • Aviation pioneer, Alberto Santos-Dumont
  • Historian, Linda Colley
  • Economist, Alfred Marshall
  • Journalist and author, Misha Glenny
  • TV journalist, Alastair Stewart

From Wikipedia

The University of Bristol is a red brick research university in Bristol, England. It received its royal charter in 1909, although it can trace its roots to a Merchant Venturers' school founded in 1595 and University College, Bristol, which had been in existence since 1876.

Source: Wikipedia

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Who are University of Bristol's Most influential alumni?

University of Bristol's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of . University of Bristol’s most academically influential people include Jacques Friedel, C. K. Stead, and Alison Cooper.

Jacques Friedel
Jacques Friedel

French physicist

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C. K. Stead
C. K. Stead

New Zealand writer

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Alison Cooper

British businesswoman

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C. H. Sisson
C. H. Sisson

British writer

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Philip Jackson

Scottish sculptor

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Kullal Chickappu Naik

Agricultural scientist

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Ed Woodward

CEO of Manchester United

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Ben Elliot

English businessman and philanthropist

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Gregory Doran

British theatre director

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Jenny Nelson
Jenny Nelson

Professor of Physics

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Ernest J. H. Mackay
Ernest J. H. Mackay

Archaeologist

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Lisa Armstrong

British author and journalist

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