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2010s

2014: Professor John O'Keefe – the brain's 'inner GPS'
2013: Professor James E. Rothman – a major transport system in our cells
2013: Professor Peter Higgs – origin of mass of subatomic particles

2000s

2009: Professor Charles Kao – transmission of light in fibres for optical communication
2007: Professor Sir Martin Evans – gene modifications in mice
2001: Sir Paul Nurse – key regulators of the cell cycle
2000: Professor James Heckman – analysing selective samples in Economics

1990s

1991: Professor Bert Sakmann – single ion channels in cells

1980s

1988: Professor Sir James Black – propranolol and cimetidine development

1970s

1970: Professor Ulf Svante von Euler – humoral transmittors in nerve terminals
1970: Professor Sir Bernard Katz – humoral transmittors in the nerve terminals

1960s

1967: George Porter (Baron Porter of Luddenham) – fast chemical reactions and short pulses of energy
1963: Professor Andrew Fielding Huxley – ionic mechanisms and the nerve cell membrane
1962: Professor Francis Harry Compton Crick – molecular structure of nucleic acids
1960: Professor Peter Brian Medawar – acquired immunological tolerance

1950s

1959: Professor Jaroslav Heyrovsky – polarographic methods of analysis in electrochemistry
1955: Professor Vincent du Vigneaud – biochemically important sulphur compounds

1940s

1947: Professor Sir Robert Robinson – plant products of biological importance
1944: Professor Otto Hahn – fission of heavy nuclei

1930s

1939: Professor Corneille Jean Francois Heymans – sinus and aortic mechanisms in respiration
1936: Professor Otto Loewi – chemical transmission of nerve impulses
1936: Sir Henry Hallett Dale – chemical transmission of nerve impulses

1920s

1929: Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins – discovery of the growth-stimulating vitamins
1928: Professor Owen Willans Richardson – thermionic emission
1922: Professor Archibald Vivian Hill – production of heat in the muscle
1921: Professor Frederick Soddy – chemistry of radioactive substances

1910s

1915: Professor Sir William Henry Bragg – analysis of crystal structure
1913: Rabindranath Tagore – voice of India's spiritual heritage

1900s

1904: Professor Sir William Ramsay – discovery of helium, argon, neon, krypton and xenon

2000s

2006: Rob Williams – rowing
2006: Joshua Hayward – music
2005: Christine Ohuruogu – athletics

1990s

1996: Julian Baggini – publishing
1996: Coldplay – music
1993: Christopher Nolan – film
1992: Justine Frischmann – music
1991: Brett Anderson – music
1990: Douglas Gordon – film

1980s

1989: Farshid Moussavi – architecture
1987: Andrew Davenport – television
1987: Rachel Whiteread – art

1970s

1977: Lynn Truss – publishing
1976: Chris Rapley – science
1976: Baroness Scotland – politics
1973: Jonathan Miller – film and television
1970: Patrick Head – Williams Formula One

1960s

1968: Junichiro Koizumi – politics
1967: Derek Jarman – film and music
1965: Richard MacCormac –  architecture
1964: Michael Epstein and Yvonne Barr – medicine

1950s

1957: Andrew Davies – television
1957: Raymond Briggs – illustration
1955: David Lodge – publishing
1952: Roger Penrose – science and maths

1940s

1948: Colin Chapman – car manufacturing
1947: Eduardo Paolozzi – art

1930s

1938: Ken Adam – set design
1937: Francis Crick – science
1936: Kathleen Lonsdale – crystallography

1910s

1913: Isaac Rosenberg – war poetry

1900s

1909: Gustav Holst – music composition

1860s

1868: Alexander Graham Bell – telephone invention
1863: Ito Hirobume – politics

1840s

1846: Walter Bagehot – publishing

2010s

2016: New record for fastest data rate for digital information
2015: Gene-edited immune cells treat ‘incurable’ leukaemia
2015: Keeping fossil fuels in the ground – policy impact
2014: Top-rated university in Research Excellence Framework (REF)

2000s

2002: Transatlantic virtual handshake with MIT

1990s

1994: Angel of the North sculpture – Turner Prize winner

1980s

1984: HIV and CD4 – how HIV infects cells

1970s

1974: Transatlantic network – precursor of the internet

1960s

1966: Purity and Danger – most influential non-fiction

1950s

1956: First successful British scientific rocket

1940s

1947: Rebuilding London post-war

1930s

1931: Father of library science

1920s

1921: First London family planning clinic – Marie Stopes

1900s

1904: Birth of electronics – thermionic valve

1890s

1895: Discovery of noble gases – neon

1880s

1888: Fingerprinting and forensic science

1850s

1851: Architecture as an academic discipline

1840s

1846: First operation under anaesthetic

1830s

1830: Mental health reform

2010s

2014: Institute of Education merges with UCL
2013: Professor Michael Arthur becomes Provost
2012: Launch of interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts and Sciences
2012: UCL Academy mixed state school opens
2012: School of Pharmacy merges with UCL
2010: Francis Crick Institute – UCL as a founding partner
2010: Yale UCL Collaborative

2000s

2009: UCL Partners
2006: Enterprise agenda
2005: UCL degrees
2003: Professor Malcolm Grant becomes Provost

1990s

1999: Sir Chris Llewellyn Smith FRS becomes Provost
1994: NHS Foundation Trust
1986-99: Expanding strength and breadth

1980s

1989: Sir Derek Roberts becomes Provost

1970s

1979: Sir James Lighthill FRS becomes Provost
1978: Student housing
1975: Wates House
1973: Physics and Astronomy

1960s

1966: Lord Annan becomes Provost
1965: A new home for UCL Laws

1950s

1951: Sir Ifor Evans becomes Provost

1940s

1943: Sir David Pye FRS becomes Provost
1942: Lunch Hour Lectures begin
1940: War damage

1930s

1930: Sir Allen Mawer FBA becomes Provost

1920s

1921-28: Psychology and phonetics

1900s

1906: Building the Cruciform
1906: Sir Gregory Foster becomes Provost

1890s

1896: A. E. Housman's A Shropshire Lad
1893: England's first students' union
1892: First chair in Egyptology, Sir Flinders Petrie

1870s

1878: First university to teach women
1870: Slade School of Fine Art

1860s

1869: Hygiene and Public Health work commences
1866: Expanding the campus

1840s

1846: First European operation under anaesthetic
1841: First Civil Engineering chair in the country

1830s

1837: Unconventional mathematician – J. J. Sylvester
1837: University College Hospital
1833: Britain's first professor of Geography

1820s

1828: England's first Chemistry, English, German and Italian departments
1826: Unshackling education – UCL is established