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Facts and figures

Did you know?

  • We have the second oldest cemetery in England, a Spanish Portuguese Jewish cemetery dating from 1726, in the centre of our campus.
  • The skeleton of Joseph Merrick, the Elephant Man, is housed in the School of Medicine and Dentistry's Pathology Museum.
  • The Medical College of the Royal London Hospital (now part of Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry) was England’s first medical school when it opened in 1785.
  • From 1964 until 1982 Queen Mary College maintained its own nuclear reactor, initially sited beneath Mile End Road.
  • Elizabeth Blackwell, the first fully qualified female doctor in the UK, trained at Barts Hospital Medical College in 1850.
  • Sir John Vane, who founded the William Harvey Research Institute, is credited with discovering how aspirin and similar drugs produced their effects.
  • Sir Walter Besant's 1882 novel All Sorts and Condition of Men – An Impossible Story, imagined a 'Palace of Delights' in east London with concert halls, reading rooms, picture galleries, art school and education for local people – this was the inspiration for The People's Palace and the start of Queen Mary today.
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