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1875 Mason Science College was founded by Kidderminster-born Josiah Mason.
From humble beginnings, Mason had made his fortune by mass-producing key rings, pens, pen nibs and electroplating. He became one of the country’s most esteemed industrialists and philanthropists and was knighted for his generosity in establishing a great orphanage in Erdington, a suburb of Birmingham.
1882 Engineering Department opened under Professor R. H. Smith
1898 The College became Mason University College with the Right Honourable Joseph Chamberlain MP becoming the President of its Court of Governors.
Chamberlain was amongst the most visionary politicians of his time and his impact on the city of Birmingham, beyond the establishment of the University was immense, particularly in his improvements to living conditions and education.
1900 Thanks to Chamberlain's tireless work, the University was granted a Royal Charter by Queen Victoria on 24 March 1900 - and with the generous donation of land and funds, the University of Birmingham was born.