University of Nottingham

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Russell Group public research university in Nottingham, England

About University of Nottingham

By James Barham, PhD

The University of Nottingham traces its ultimate roots to a private adult-education and teacher-training (normal) school founded in that Midlands city in 1798. In 1873, the University of Cambridge began offering college extension courses in connection with the normal school. However, the official founding of the present university is usually taken to coincide with the establishment of University College Nottingham, in 1881.

After World War I, the college underwent significant expansion, and in 1928 it was transferred from its original building in downtown Nottingham to a larger site in what is now the University Park area, to the southwest of the city center. During this period, several highly distinguished persons delivered lectures at the university, including H.G. Wells (novelist), Albert Einstein (Nobel laureate in physics), and Mohandas K.(“Mahatma”) Gandhi (lawyer, Indian independence activist, and non-violent civil disobedience pioneer).

The school received its royal charter in 1948, officially becoming the University of Nottingham. At this time, it also became able to award degrees in its own name.

Today, the University of Nottingham has a half dozen campuses besides the University Park campus, including one in Malaysia and one in China.

The university is made up of five faculties comprising altogether some 40 academic departments. The student body numbers more than 33,000 individuals associated with the five campuses located in Nottingham and environs, and nearly 44,000 worldwide.

Prominent alumni and faculty of the University of Nottingham include the following:

  • Mathematician and Fields Medalist, Caucher Birkar
  • Computer scientist, Nigel Shadbolt
  • Novelist, D.H. Lawrence
  • Mystery writer, Barry Baldwin
  • Screenwriter, Michael Hirst
  • Actors, Haydn Gwynne, Ruth Wilson, Theo James, Nicholas Farrell & Liz Carr
  • Astronomer, Gerald Hawkins
  • Cosmologist, Edmund Copeland
  • Physicists, Andre Geim (Nobel laureate), Louis Essen & Clare Burrage
  • Physicist, Magnetic Resonance Imaging pioneer and Nobel laureate for physiology or medicine, Peter Mansfield
  • Aeronautical engineer, Sophie Harker
  • Chemists, Martyn Poliakoff, Frederic Kipping & Elena Besley
  • Geologist, A.E. Trueman
  • Paleontologists, Mark Purnell & M. Paul Smith
  • Meteorologist, Helen Willetts
  • Biophysicist and medical engineer, Adrian B. Mann
  • Biochemists, David Dolphin & Michael Creeth
  • Structural biologist, Janet Thornton
  • Embryologist, Ian Wilmut
  • Microbiologist, Milton Wainwright
  • Pathologist, Mark A. Smith
  • Epidemiologists, Jonathan Van-Tam & Richard Wilkinson
  • Pharmacologists, Stewart Adams & Christophe Wiart
  • Neuroscientist, Matthew Walker
  • Psycholinguist, Zoltán Dörnyei
  • Historians, Jeremy Lawrance & Ian Kershaw
  • Sociologist, Reiner Grundmann
  • Classicist, Helen Lovatt
  • New Testament scholar, Scot McKnight
  • Geographer, Roger Tomlinson
  • Economists, Clive Granger (Nobel laureate) & Ivy Pinchbeck
  • Political scientist, David Regan
  • Business journalist and columnist, Jeff Randall
  • British radio broadcaster, Emma Barnett
  • TV talk show host and columnist, Michael Coren
  • Former Malaysian Prime Minister, Najib Razak
  • Current World Health Organization (WHO) Director, General Tedros Adhanom
  • British High Court Judge, Nigel Sweeney

According to Wikipedia, The University of Nottingham is a public research university in Nottingham, United Kingdom. It was founded as University College Nottingham in 1881, and was granted a royal charter in 1948. The University of Nottingham belongs to the research intensive Russell Group association.

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What Is University of Nottingham Known For?

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Who Are University of Nottingham's Most Influential Alumni?

University of Nottingham's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Chemistry, Economics, and Education. Here are some of University of Nottingham's most famous alumni:

Clive Granger
Clive Granger
A British economist.
Ian Wilmut
An Embryologist.
Roger Tomlinson
Roger Tomlinson
An English geographer.
John Sawers
A British intelligence officer, diplomat and civil servant.
Sara Danius
Sara Danius
A Swedish academic.
Brian Wilson
A British systems scientist.
Gerald Hawkins
A British astronomer.
Blake Morrison
Blake Morrison
A Poet and author.
Emma Barnett
Emma Barnett
A British journalist.
Michael Scammell
Michael Scammell
A British writer.
Caucher Birkar
Caucher Birkar
A Kurdish mathematician.
Louis Essen
An English physicist who invented the caesium atomic clock and determined the speed of light .

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