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Birmingham

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James Watt engineer, inventor and industrial pioneer lived here 1777-1790

Regent Street, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Matthew Boulton 1766-1809 lived here

Soho House, Soho Avenue, Handsworth, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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George Cadbury 1839-1922 Chocolate Manufacturer and Philanthropist lived here 1872-1881

32 George Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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John Hardman (1811-1867) master metalworker and stained glass maker of the Gothic Revival lived here

101 Hunter’s Road, Lozell’s, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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These were the premises of Joseph Gillott steel pen manufacturer

Victoria Works, Graham Street, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Sampson Lloyd 1699-1779 founder of Lloyd’s Bank lived here

Lloyd’s Farmhouse, Farm Park, Sampson Road, Sparkhill, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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G. R. Elkington 1801-1865 promoter of Electro-Plating had his works here

144 Newhall Street, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Richard Cadbury 1835-1899 Chocolate Manufacturer and Philanthropist lived here 1861-1871

17 Wheeleys Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Thomas Attwood 1783-1856 political reformer lived in a house on this site

Crescent Tower, Brindley Walk, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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W. H. Auden poet lived in an adjacent house 1919-1939

Harborne Swimming Baths, Lordswood Rd, Harborne, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Sir Granville Bantock 1868-1946 composer, lived here 1926-1933

Metchley Abbey, Metchley Rd, Harborne, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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John Baskerville 1706-1775 printer, publisher and founder of the Baskerville Press lived in a house formerly standing on this site

Baskerville House, Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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George Boddington lived here 1825-1843

Flats on the corner of Gravelly Hill and Hillaries Rd., Erdington, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Matthew Boulton 1728-1809 engineer and co-founder of the Lunar Society was born near here

corner of Steelhouse Lane and Priory Queensway, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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The Old Rectory. Thomas Bray lived here 1690-1729

Rectory Farm, Ragley Drive, Church Rd, Sheldon, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Sir Edward Burne-Jones 1833-1898 artist born in a house on this site

11 / 12 Bennetts Hill, City Centre, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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This park, one of many gifts to Birmingham, by Louisa Anne Ryland 1814-1889

The Lodge at Cannon Hill Park, Edgbaston Road entrance, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Neville Chamberlain MP Lived here 1911 - 1940. Prime Minister 1937 - 1940

Edgbaston High School, Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Children's Hospital - 1862 to 1962 [full inscription unknown]

the site of the original Children's Hospital, Ladywood Road (near Five Ways on the Hagley Road), Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle creator of Sherlock Holmes lived here 1878-1881

T Startin Ltd, Aston Road North, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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David Cox Landscape painter 1783-1859 lived here at Greenfield House 1841-1859

116 Greenfield Road, Harborne, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Mr William Sands Cox, F.R.S., opened a medical school on this site in 1825, the forerunner of the medical school and the Queen's College, Birmingham.

House of Fraser, Temple Row, City Centre, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Dr R. W. Dale 1829-1895 minister of Carrs Lane Church (1854-1895) theologian and preacher of the civic gospel

Carrs Lane Church, Carrs Lane, City Centre, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Birmingham Dental Hospital [full inscription unknown]

Reception Area, The Dental Hospital, St Chad's Queensway, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Site of the Gild Hall of the Holy Cross 1392 from 1552 to 1936 King Edward VI School

Lloyds TSB Bank, New Street, City Centre, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Sid Field 1904-1950 Famous Comedian Lived here

152 Osborn Road, Sparkbrook, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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J. Sampson Gamgee, F.R.S.E. 1828-1886 surgeon and founder of the Birmingham Hospital Saturday Fund lived on this site

Repertory Theatre, Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Thomas Hall B.D. Schoolmaster, Preacher, Bibliophile taught here from 1629 to 1662.

Old Grammar School, in the Churchyard on Kings Norton Green, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Sir Rowland Hill [full inscription unknown]

146 Hagley Road, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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George Jacob Holyoake, social reformer [full inscription unknown]

High Street, City Centre, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Major Dr. John Hall-Edwards 1858-1926 pioneer radiologist worked here

Children's Hospital, Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Tony Hancock, Comedian of Genius was born at this house on 12th May 1924. He died in Sydney, Australia on 25th June 1968

41 Southam Road, Hall Green, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Oscar Deutsch 1893-1941 opened the first of the chain of the Odeon Cinemas here

Banqueting Palace, 271 Birchfield Road, Perry Barr, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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William Hutton Bookseller the first Historian of Birmingham lived on this site from 1772 until 1791

High Street, facing New Street in the City Centre, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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The American essayist Washington Irving, 1783-1859 lived in a house on this site 1819-1824

Forward Trust Building, Calthorpe Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Alderman W Byng Kenrick, civic leader and educationalist

Grove Park, Grove Lane, Harborne, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Albert W. Ketèlbey, composer and musician 1875-1959 a student at the Birmingham School of Music, at that time attached to this institute

Birmingham and Midland Institute, Margaret Street, City Centre, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Lady Well, an early water supply for the City of Birmingham

Ladywell Walk, Digbeth, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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The factory of the Lanchester brothers who built the first British motor car 1895

MBC Metal Powders, Montgomery Street, Sparkbrook, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Dame Hilda Lloyd 1891-1982 Senior Surgeon President of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 1949-1952

Birmingham Women's Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Medical Centre, Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Castle Vale estate was built by Birmingham City Council (from 1964) on the site of Castle Bromwich Military airfield (1914-1958) This plaque was unveiled by the Lord Mayor (Councillor Harold Blumenthal) September 10, 1988

St Cuthbert's Church, Reed Square, Castle Vale, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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John Henry Cardinal Newman 1801-1890 founder of the English Oratory lived here from 1852 to 1890

Oratory Church, Hagley Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Birmingham City Council - For the building of the International Convention Centre, Symphony Hall, The National Indoor Arena and Centenary Square

Lord Mayor's Parlour, The Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Norton Motor Cycle Company [full inscription unknown]

Bracebridge Street, Aston, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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The first Rotary Club in the Midlands was chartered in this hotel April 1914 "70 years of service"

Midland Hotel, New Street, City Centre, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Joseph Southall 1861 - 1944 Artist and Craftsman Lived here from 1882

13 Charlotte Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Sir John Benjamin Stone, M.P., J.P. 1838-1914 Pioneer photographer and politician lived here

Taylor Memorial Home, Grange Road, Erdington, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Lawson Tait F.R.C.S. 1845 -1899 pioneer surgeon and gynaecologist lived and worked near here

Norton Tower, Civic Close, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Edward Richard Taylor, 1838-1912 art teacher and William Howson Taylor, 1876-1935 potter, lived here

26 Highfield Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Birmingham Municipal Technical School [full inscription unknown]

Swallow Street, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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On this site stood the Theatre Royal 1774-1956

1st floor, The Charters Building, New Street, City Centre, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Will Thorne, founder of the National Union of General and Municipal Workers

Lucas Industries, Great King Street, Hockley, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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J. R. R. Tolkien Author of The Lord Of The Rings Stayed Here June 1916

Plough and Harrow Hotel, Hagley Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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J. R. R. Tolkien author 1892-1973 lived here 1910-1911

Highfield Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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The Warwickshire County Cricket Club [full inscription unknown]

Members Stand, at the County Cricket Ground, Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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William Withering MD FRS 1741-1799 physician and botanist lived here

Edgbaston Golf Club, Church Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Francis Brett Young, 1884 - 1954. Novelist: Poet: Physician. Lived here 1905-6

105 Harborne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Joseph Hansom John Welch Architects MDCCCXXXIV

Birmingham Town Hall, Victoria Square, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Here stood the original Birmingham General Hospital from 1779 to 1897

Centro House, Summer Lane, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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The Birmingham Blue Coat School stood on the site of this building from 1724 to 1930: since removed to Edgbaston

5 St Philips Place (former Prudential Assurance building), Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Dr. Frederick W. Lanchester Scientist, inventor & engineer Lived here from 1924 to 1946

128 Oxford Road, Moseley, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Sarehole Mill site of water mill since 1542. Used by Matthew Boulton in mid 18th Century rebuilt 1768 inspired J. R. R. Tolkien 1896-1900

Sarehole Mill, Cole Bank Rd, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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The Queen's Hospital (1841 - 1941) and the Birmingham Accident Hospital (1941 - 1993) occupied these buildings

Bath Row, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Alexander Parkes 1813-1890 Inventor of the first plastic, worked on this site for Elkington, Mason & Company, electroplaters, circa 1840-1850

Old Elkington Works, 144 Newhall Street, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Nearby the site of the Old Royal School for the Deaf Children. Established 1812. Closed down 1984. Donated by Diamond 7 Group on behalf of E.O.P.A.

4 Church Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Field-marshal William SlimViscount Slim of Burma Freeman of the City 1947 Lived here

144 Poplar Avenue, Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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In 1865 the game of Lawn Tennis was originated and played here by Major T. H. Gem solicitor and sportsman and J. B. A. Perera merchant

8 Ampton Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Sir Michael Balcon 1896-1977 Film maker and creator of the character PC George Dixon (of Dock Green) Student at this School 1907-1912

George Dixon School, City Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Sir Oliver Lodge Here stood Marimont the home of Sir Oliver Lodge 1901 - 1920

student Hostels, Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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On this site in the former New Meeting House Joseph Priestley LLD FRS scholar, scientist, theologian and discoverer of oxygen ministered to his congregation from 1870 to 1791

St Michael's Catholic Church, New Meeting Street (off Moor Street Queensway), Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Sir Rowland Hill KCB 1795 to 1879 postal reformer resided at number 68 opposite 1802 to 1803

68 Lionel Street, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Most of Britain's Spitfires were made here, 1939 - 1945.

Jaguar Car Company, Castle Bromwich, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Sir Josiah Mason 1795 - 1881

Central Library, Congreve Passage, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Sir Barry Jackson 1879 - 1961 Founder of the Birmingham Repertory Company

The REP, Centenary Square, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Sir Barry Jackson 1879-1961 Founded this theatre Feb. 1913

The Old Rep Theatre, Station Street , Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Sir Rowland Hill KGB 1795 - 1879 Postal Reformer resided near here in Gough Street

The Mailbox, Severn Street, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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John Jaffray 1818-1901 Reformer, Philanthopist and founder of the Jaffray Hospital. Lived here from 1862

Consultancy Suite, Priory Hospital, Priory Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Francis William Aston 1877-1945 Winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry 1922. Lived both here and at Tennal House, opposite 1877-1910

91 Tennal Road, Harborne, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Birmingham's Last Public Hanging Near this site, at what was then the junction of Great Charles Street, Snow Hill and Bath Street, Philip Matsell, aged 30 was hanged at 1:25pm on Friday 22nd August 1806 in front of a crowd estimatd at 40,000. He had been convicted of the murder of Robert Twyford, a "peace officer" ( a parish constable or watchman - the percursor of the later Police Officer) on that very spot and was burried in St Phillip's Churchyard. It was over 60 years later, in May 1868, that the last public execution in Britain took place near Ludgate Hill in London

Great Charles Street, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Ludgate Hill was the site of the last public Hanging in Birmingham. For the unfortunate few this was for them indeed The Last Drop

Actress & Bishop, 35 Ludgate Hill, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Constance C. W. Naden 1858-1889 poet, scientist and philosopher lived here for most of her life

20 Charlotte Road, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Christian Kunzle 1879-1954 philanthropist whose confectionary business and charity office occupied this site

Abbey National, Five Ways Shopping Centre, Broad Street, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Curzon Street Station. This plaque commemorates the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the first London to Birmingham train at this station on Monday 17th September 1838

New Canal Street, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Robert Martineau (1798-1870) Mayor of Birmingham 1846-1847 Thomas Martineau (1828-1893) Mayor of Birmingham 1884-1887 Ernest Martineau (1861-1952) Lord Mayor of Birmingham 1912-1914 Wilfrid Martineau (1889-1964) Lord Mayor of Birmingham 1940-1941 Denis Martineau (1920-1999) Lord Mayor of Birmingham 1986-1987 Five successive generations, father to son, of the same family.

Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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A Meteorite fell in Natan, China in 1516. 484 years later on the night of 26th March 2000 it fell from the skies again landing in Birmingham's Bullring

Edgbaston Street, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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William James Bloye 1890-1975 civic sculptor had a studio on this site from 1925

City College, 103 - 105 Golden Hillock Road, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Edward Burne-Jones was born in 1833 in a house on this site demolished 1930

10-13 Bennetts Hill, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Leon Abrams and Ray Lightwood developed and implanted the first variable rate pacemaker in 1960

Medical School, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Dame Hilda Lloyd Professor of Obstetrics saved many through her midwife ‘flying squads’ set up in 1936

Medical School, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Sir Norman Haworth Nobel Laureate in Chemistry for work on carbohydrates and vitamin C 1937

Haworth Building, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Sir Peter Medawar won a Nobel Prize for his work on graft rejection and acquired immune tolerance in 1960

Biosciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Charles Lapworth undertook pioneering work into the formation of mountain belts 1882–1883

Aston Webb – A Block, Earth Sciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Frederick Shotton furthered understanding of climate change 1949–1974

Aston Webb – A Block, Earth Sciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Sir Granville Bantock, composer and conductor, Professor of Music 1908–34

Bramall Concert Hall, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Sir Edward Elgar, composer, became the University’s first Professor of Music in 1905

Bramall Concert Hall, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Sir Mark Oliphant pioneer of particle physics with the Proton Synchrotron built here 1946–1953

Nuffield, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Otto Frisch and Rudolf Peierls showed the feasibility of an airborne atomic weapon here in 1940

Nuffield, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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John Randall and Harry Boot first operated a Cavity Magnetron to produce radar waves here on 21 Feb 1940

Nuffield, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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John Henry Poynting, first Professor of Physics, determined the mass of Earth in Birmingham in 1890

Poynting Building, Universioty of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Margery Fry, influential prison reformer and one of the first female magistrates. Warden here 1908–1914

University House, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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