King's College London was founded by King George IV and the Duke of Wellington (then Prime Minister) in 1829 as a university college in the tradition of the Church of England. It now welcomes staff and students of all faiths and beliefs.
King's professors played a major part in nineteenth-century science and in extending higher education to women and working men through evening classes.
The university has grown and developed through mergers with several institutions each with their own distinguished histories. These include:
United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals
Queen Elizabeth College
Institute of Psychiatry.
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HISTORY & TODAY
Foundation of the College
King's College London was founded in 1828-9 by a group of eminent politicians, churchmen and others. They wanted a Church of England alternative to what later became University College London (UCL, founded in 1826), known as 'the godless college in Gower Street'. King's was granted a royal charter by King George IV on 14 August 1829.
The University of London was established in 1836 with King's and UCL its two founding colleges.