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#92 Overall Influence

University of Bristol

Research university located in Bristol, United Kingdom
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

What is University of Bristol 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

#84 World Rank
Mathematics
#98 World Rank
Biology
#49 World Rank
Physics
#83 World Rank
Literature
#39 World Rank
Economics
#100 World Rank
Medical
#80 World Rank
Chemistry
#68 World Rank
Psychology
#83 World Rank
Computer Science
#130 World Rank
Engineering
#97 World Rank
Education
#161 World Rank
Philosophy
#87 World Rank
History
#187 World Rank
Business
#24 World Rank
Earth Sciences
#171 World Rank
Political Science
#122 World Rank
Communications
#281 World Rank
Law
#151 World Rank
Religious Studies
#136 World Rank
Sociology
#182 World Rank
Anthropology
#193 World Rank
Nursing
#133 World Rank
Social Work
#319 World Rank
Criminal Justice

Influential People

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, Economics, and Physics

Gregory Doran

British theatre director

Deborah Moggach

Deborah Moggach

English writer

Michael L. Klein

American chemist

Ed Woodward

CEO of Manchester United

Ben Elliot

English businessman and philanthropist

David Greig

British writer

Jacques Friedel

Jacques Friedel

French physicist

Lisa Armstrong

British author and journalist

Kathy Sykes

Kathy Sykes

British physicist

Okot p'Bitek

Okot p'Bitek

Ugandan poet

Nicholas Mostyn

British judge

Alison Cooper

British businesswoman