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Research history

The University of Manchester has an exceptional record of innovation and enterprise. In total, 25 Nobel laureates have worked or studied here.

Many of the advances of the twentieth century began at the University. The nuclear age was born here with Ernest Rutherford's pioneering research that led to the splitting of the atom.

The computer revolution began in Manchester in June 1948 when a machine built by Tom Kilburn and Sir Freddie Williams, known affectionately as 'The Baby', ran its first stored programme.

And it was here that economist and logician W.S. Jevons formulated the principles of modern economics, whilst at Jodrell Bank in Cheshire a young Bernard Lovell built the world's largest steerable radio telescope just after the Second World War.

The catalogue of virtuosity goes on and on. Professors Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov became our twenty-fourth and twenty-fifth Nobel Prize winners when they won the award for Physics in 2010.

Today's University is built on the shoulders of some real academic giants.