King’s College London was founded by King George IV and the Duke of Wellington (then Prime Minister) in 1829. Today, King’s College has grown to include the five campuses of Guy’s, Thomas’, Waterloo, Denmark Hill and the Strand, and also has a strong international presence with over 300 worldwide partnerships.
Notable figures in King’s College History history include Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), who founded the world’s first professional school of nursing at St Thomas’ Hospital in 1860, and Sir Joseph Lister, Professor of Clinical Surgery at King's from 1877 to 1893, who introduced an antiseptic system that changed the practice of medicine and drastically reduced mortality rates from major operations.
Today, the King’s College London Dental Institute has developed to be the first ranked dental school in Europe and the fourth in the world. (QS World University Rankings 2017).