University of Bristol

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The University of Bristol (English: University of Bristol; Latin: Universitas Bristoliensis ) is a state university in the English city of Bristol ( [ brɪstɫ ] ), with approximately 16,000 students and 1,500 academic staff ( 2005).


The University of Bristol dates back to 1876, founded in Bristol University College of Bristol, an offshoot of the University of London. It was thanks to the local educational efforts and financial expenses of the Bristol merchant and entrepreneur Henry Overton Wills especially that this college recognized by the British King Edward VII of the status of a university was on 4 December 1909. Wills was the first Chancellor of the University and in his honor the Wills Memorial Building was erected, a tower of significantly shapes the image of the city.

Unlike the elitist and class English universities of the early modern period, the University of Bristol on a number of Victorian and middle-class universities (English: civil universities ), which - in the spirit of Humboldt University in Berlin and the University College London - rather a stronger subject-related professional - and personality development promoted. The University was at that time only from the faculties of medicine and engineering. Today, the University is one of the most prestigious UK with an excellent reputation, particularly in geography and engineering.

The coat of arms contains the beginning of Psalm 124 Nisi quia Dominus - Unless the Lord ... the motto comes from the Quintus Horatius Flaccus work of ( Oden 4,4,33-34 ): Doctrina sed vim promovet insitam - But the doctrine brings the inherent power forward.


The University of Bristol is divided into six faculties with 45 departments and 15 research centers.

  • Faculty of Humanities ( Arts)
  • Faculty of Engineering (Engineering )
  • Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry (Medicine and Dentistry )
  • Faculty of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine ( Medical and Veterinary Sciences)
  • Faculty of Sciences (Sciences )
  • Faculty of Social & Political Sciences (Social Sciences and Law )

Famous alumni and faculty

  • Hans Bethe (1906-2005), German - American physicist, Nobel Prize for Physics (1967 )
  • Rose Bracher (1894-1941), British botanist
  • Derek Briggs, Irish palaeontologist
  • Julius Carlebach (1922-2001), German - British rabbi
  • Katy Carmichael (born 1971 ), British actress
  • Richard Dalitz (1925-2006), Australian physicist
  • Paul Dirac (1902-1984), British physicist, Nobel Prize for Physics (1933 )
  • Martin Goepfert (* 1968), German biologist and zoologist
  • Peter Haggett ( born 1933 ), British Anthropogeograph
  • Hannes Leitgeb (born 1972 ), Austrian mathematician and philosopher
  • Steven Mead (born 1962 ), British euphonium
  • Nevill F. Mott (1905-1996), English physicist
  • Donald H. Perkins ( born 1925 ), British experimental physicist
  • Harold Pinter (1930-2008), British playwright and director, Nobel Prize for Literature (2005)
  • Cecil Powell (1903-1969), English nuclear physicist, Nobel Prize for Physics (1950 )
  • William Ramsay (1852-1916), Scottish chemist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry (1904 )
  • Chris Stringer ( born 1947 ), British paleoanthropologist
  • Simon Pegg ( b. 1970 ), British actor


The University of Bristol is a member of the Russell and the Coimbra Group.

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