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Cambridge University celebrates 800 years

January 18 2009

Cambridge University is celebrating its 800 anniversary. Ceremonies dedicated to this date, will continue throughout the year, and will open their three-hour light show, which will trace the major milestones in the history of this famous institution. In light show using images of Newton and Darwin, made by an artist and illustrator Quentin Blake. Ringers in the belfry of churches around the world simultaneously perform a work specially written for the occasion.

The university was founded in 1209, when the group settled in Cambridge, wandering scholars from Oxford. Until the middle of the XIX century. University of Cambridge paid much attention to math, and a final exam in this subject was compulsory for all students. However, the university gave the world well-known humanists and artists.

Among the most famous inmates of Cambridge, Oliver Cromwell, Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton. The University has given the world more than 80 Nobel Prize winners - more than any other university in the world.

Currently studying here 18,000 students, reports BBC.

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