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George Birkbeck

  • Birth 10 Jan 1776 Settle, Craven District, North Yorkshire, England
  • Death 1 Dec 1841 London, City of London, Greater London, England
  • Burial Kensal Green, London Borough of Brent, Greater London, England
  • Memorial ID 9433

Philanthropist, Educationalist. Born in Settle, Yorkshire, he became a became professor of natural philosophy at the Anderson's College, Glasgow, in 1799. There he pioneered the first free classes for working-class men in mechanics and chemistry. In 1804, he became a physician in London and continued his interest in working class education. He founded the Mechanics' Institutions in 1824, became the school's first president and the institute became Birkbeck College, a constituent the London University.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith





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  • Added: 20 May 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9433
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for George Birkbeck (10 Jan 1776–1 Dec 1841), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9433, citing Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, London Borough of Brent, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .