We received our Royal Charter in 1900, but the University of Birmingham had its beginnings in the previous century and was already making its mark on society.
1836 - The Birmingham Royal School of Medicine and Surgery was founded
1858 - The Dental Hospital, now the oldest continuously operating in the UK, is established
1879 - Priestley Smith, later Professor of Ophthalmology, was awarded the Jacksonian Prize (in Medicine) for his essay on Glaucoma
1880 - Physician Dr Richard Hill Norris is the first to describe the action of platelets
1892 - The first specimen of synthetic rubber from turpentine oil produced by Professor of Chemistry Sir William Tilden