Der Glockenturm Big Ben in London. Foto: Unsplash/Heidi Fin.
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Science in Great Britain

The phrase, "British scientists have discovered that" has probably been in the news more than once - and that's not surprising: when it comes to science and research in Europe, no one can avoid Great Britain. In the past, it was physicists in particular, including titans like Newton, Maxwell and Faraday, but also the biologist Charles Darwin, who have revolutionised science with their work. Over 100 Nobel Prizes have been awarded to British researchers throughout history. But even today, the British belong to one of the world's largest scientific nations: No European country publishes more research results that are cited more often by others. The focus of research is currently particularly on multidisciplinary projects as well as medicine and electrical engineering. Sustainability issues and social problems are also increasingly coming into focus.

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Population 66,181,585
Fläche 242,900 km²
Bruttoinlandsprodukt pro Kopf in US-Dollar 42,992.8
Öffentliche Ausgaben für Bildung (Anteil am BIP) 4.8 %
Anteil Wissenschaftlerinnen 38.8 %
Universitäten 280
Universitäten pro 1 Mio. Einwohner 4.20
Studenten 2,618,287
Ausgaben für Forschung und Entwicklung 1.7

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What do Bill Clinton, Richard von Weizsäcker, King Abdullah of Jordan, Rowan “Mr Bean” Atkinson, Oscar Wilde and J. R. R. Tolkien have in common? They, along with 25 British Prime Ministers and numerous other personalities, all studied at the same university – the University of Oxford. It was the first university in the English-speaking […]
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