Rather than stick to another hero of the day, I was inspired today by Aki’s alma mater, University College London. It is the first British university to accept students that were not Christian, for which Londoners referred to their student body as “the godless scum of Gower Street”. It was also the first British university to accept women. It peers itself with Oxford and Cambridge, but without the prim British snobbery.
Its real claim to fame, however, is that its alumni are known as “the Great and the Good”. UCL’s favorite sons include Mahatma Gandhi, Alexander Graham Bell, and the guy that invented the right hand rule in physics. UCL grads represent the heads of state in a dozen countries, captains of industry in several areas, and have notable achievements in art, medicine, and science. All five noble gases were discovered at UCL, Francis Crick researched DNA, and it’s even said that Charles Darwin came up with the theory of evolution there. As a research university, more UCL grads go into academia than any other university in Britain.
I don’t know about you, but I’m inspired.
Kinda looks like an ugly version of Congress…