Founded within the tradition of the Church of England by the Duke of Wellington and King George IV, who granted our royal charter in 1829, King's has a proud history of inspiring and supporting those who seek to solve the world's most pressing problems.
From research that led to the discovery of the structure of DNA and informing air pollution awareness and policy to developing life-changing therapies and making maths education available to underrepresented groups – these are some of the ways that we continue to have a transformational impact on society.
We have a long and distinguished international reputation in the humanities, law, science, psychiatry, medicine, dentistry, nursing, and the social sciences.
Fourteen people from King’s and its associated institutions have been awarded the Nobel Prize, including Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu for his role in South Africa’s anti-apartheid campaign, and Professor Michael Levitt for his joint work in developing multiscale models for complex chemical systems.
Notable alumni include British sprinter and world-record holder Dina Asher-Smith, biophysicist Dr. Rosalind Franklin, famous for her work in X-ray spectroscopy, and acclaimed children’s writer Sir Michael Morpurgo.