Mason Science College
Mason Science College was a university college in Birmingham, England. Founded in 1875 by industrialist and philanthropist Sir Josiah Mason, the college was incorporated into the University of Birmingham in 1900. Two students of the college, Neville Chamberlain and Stanley Baldwin, later went on to become Prime Ministers of the UK.
The college was established by an English industrialist and philanthropist Sir Josiah Mason in 1870. The building of the college in Edmund Street, Birmingham was opened on 1 October 1880 and was marked by a speech by Thomas Henry Huxley. In the speech, Huxley considered the opening of the college as a victory for scientific cause and supported Mason's antagonistic views on the classics and theology. The college developed various liberal and vocational subjects, but forced out the artisans. The medical and scientific departments of Queen's College, Birmingham moved to the nearby Mason Science College.
In 1898 it became Mason University College, with Joseph Chamberlain becoming the President of Court of Governors of the college. In 1900 it was incorporated into the University of Birmingham. Students at the College were awarded their degrees by the University of London until the University of Birmingham was established and received degree awarding powers in its own right.
William A. Tilden was professor of chemistry from 1880 to 1894. In September 1893 Noble Prize winner Francis William Aston began his university studies at the college, where he was taught physics by John Henry Poynting and chemistry by Frankland and Tilden.
The original Victorian neo-gothic building was demolished in 1962, along with the original Central Public Library and the Birmingham and Midland Institute, as part of the redevelopment within the inner ring road. The current Central Library stands on the site of the old college.
In 1882, Departments of Chemistry, Botany, Physiology, Physics and Comparative Anatomy were founded at the college.
Alumni and faculty
Notable alumni and faculty of the college include:
- Edward Arber, academic and writer
- Francis William Aston, chemist and physicist, 1922 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
- Stanley Baldwin, British Prime Minister
- Sir Gilbert Barling, 1st Baronet, physician
- John Belling, cytogeneticist who developed the iron-acetocarmine staining technique which is used in the study of chromosomes
- Sir Nathan Bodington, Professor of classics
- Adrian John Brown, FRS, pioneer in the study of enzyme kinetics
- Arthur Henry Reginald Buller, British-Canadian mycologist mainly known as a researcher of fungi and wheat rust
- Neville Chamberlain, British Prime Minister
- Hermann Georg Fiedler, German scholar
- Sir Henry Fowler, locomotive engineer
- Percy F. Frankland, chemist
- Ernest Gold, Deputy Director of the Meteorological Office
- John Berry Haycraft, discovered an anticoagulant created by the leech, which he named hirudin
- Micaiah John Muller Hill, FRS, English mathematician, known for Hill's spherical vortex and Hill's tetrahedra
- Charles William Hobley, pioneering colonial administrator in Kenya
- Frank Horton, Professor of Physics at Royal Holloway College and Vice-Chancellor of the University of London 1939-45
- Henry Eliot Howard, ornithologist
- Arthur Lapworth, FRS, chemist
- Charles Lapworth, FRS, FGS, geologist who pioneered faunal analysis using index fossils and identified the Ordovician period
- Robert Thomson Leiper, parasitologist and helminthologist
- Lionel Simeon Marks, engineer and one of the pioneers of aeronautics
- Gerald Rusgrove Mills, publisher who established the publishing company Mills & Boon
- John Henry Muirhead, philosopher
- Charles Talbut Onions, English grammarian and lexicographer and the fourth editor of the Oxford English Dictionary
- Kineton Parkes, novelist and art historian
- Sir Robert Howson Pickard, chemist who did pioneering work in stereochemistry and was Vice Chancellor of the University of London from 1937-1939
- John Henry Poynting, physicist
- Dame Ethel Shakespear, geologist, public servant and philanthropist
- Edward Adolf Sonnenschein, Classical Scholar and writer on Latin grammar and verse
- F. J. M. Stratton, Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Cambridge
- Sir William A. Tilden, chemist
- Swale Vincent, physiologist
- William Whitehead Watts, FRS, geologist
- John Howard Whitehouse, Liberal Member of Parliament
- Constance Naden, poet and philosopher
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- Ordnance Survey 1st Edition Map, 1890