Wednesday 11 March 2015

What became the Enfield (Ponders End) part of Middlesex University was originally an engineering college specialising in armaments and electricity. It differed from every other part in being almost exclusively male. After he first world war its school was divided into houses named after Isaac Newton, Christopher Wren and George and Robert Stephenson. After the second world war it dumped Wren, replacing him with Joseph Whitworth, and added a new house named after Michael Faraday. The first Principal (1941-1950) Henry Winterbottom Broadbent, was a Lancashire engineer and in the Stephensons and Whitworth the college looked north for its inspiration. More recently, the University has promoted women in engineering.

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