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Faculty of Science and Engineering

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History and heritage

Our Faculty has a proud and storied history, illuminated with famous names and groundbreaking achievements.

It was here that Ernest Rutherford began his work on 'splitting of the atom', that Tom Kilburn and FC Williams built the world's first electronic stored-program computer - The Baby - and that Alan Turing laid the foundations for artificial intelligence.

You can trace the roots of our commitment to advancing women in science and engineering throughout our history, with trailblazers such as pioneering engineer (and motorbike racing champion) Beatrice Shilling, and mould-breaking botany researcher (and 'Japanese seaweed saviour') Kathleen Drew-Baker.

Manchester was the world's first industrial city - and this spirit of innovation runs through our Faculty. We're the birthplace of chemical engineering, and it was here that Bernard Lovell built the first-ever steerable radio telescope.

As recently as 2010 Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for isolating the 'wonder material' graphene - joining an illustrious list of more than 20 Nobel Prize laureates from our University.

Some of our Heritage Heroes