UK universities boast highest number of Nobel Prize winners

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UK universities boast highest number of Nobel Prize winners

7 October 2015


A study by the British Council has revealed that more than a third of Nobel Prize winners had attended universities in the UK since the prize was introduced in 1901. In total, 50 students had gone on to win the prize, more than any other country with other education heavyweights such as the USA and Germany beaten into second and third place.

Since the prize began in 1901, 131 of the 860 individuals to receive awards had studied overseas and 38% had done so in Britain. The University of Cambridge led the way with 18 foreign Nobel Laureates, while the University of Oxford had 11 and the London School of Economics five.

Randy Schekman, the British university system’s most recent Nobel Prize winner in 2013 for his work on the physiology of medicine, spent the third year of his undergraduate degree at the University of Edinburgh before graduating from the University of California in 1971.

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