In 1900 Oliver Lodge, at the invitation of Joseph Chamberlain, became the first Principal of the new University of Birmingham. Lodge was Professor of Physics at Liverpool and, although wary, saw in the new university an opportunity to put his educational ideas into practice. Lodge led the University for its first two decades, but his tenure was mixed. He complained about the administrative burden, but successfully oversaw the establishment of the University at Edgbaston. These years brought tragedy, as Lodge’s youngest son, Raymond, died in the War, but also success, as Lodge himself become one of the most famous figures of his day.
Refreshments served afterwards in Muirhead atrium alongside the exhibition Civic Science: Oliver Lodge and Birmingham (3 February – 18 May 2015)
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