University of Bristol

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Research university located in Bristol, United Kingdom

About University of Bristol

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

According to Wikipedia, The University of Bristol is a red brick Russell Group 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.

What Is University of Bristol Known For?

University of Bristol is known for it's academic work in the following disciplines:

University of Bristol's Top Areas of Influence With Degrees Offered

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 Earth Sciences, Physics, and Economics. Here are some of University of Bristol's most famous alumni:

Paul Dirac
Paul Dirac
An English theoretical physicist .
David Bohm
David Bohm
An American theoretical physicist.
Klaus Fuchs
Klaus Fuchs
A German-born British theoretical physicist and atomic spy .
Angela Carter
Angela Carter
An English novelist.
Nigel Warburton
A British author and lecturer.
Reginald Innes Pocock
Reginald Innes Pocock
A British zoologist .
Philip Ball
A British science writer.
Keith Devlin
Keith Devlin
A British mathematician.
Geoffrey Burbidge
A British astronomer .
Simon Conway Morris
A British palaeontologist.
Yakir Aharonov
Yakir Aharonov
An Israeli physicist.
Bernard Lovell
Bernard Lovell
An English physicist and radio astronomer.