Peterhouse is the oldest Cambridge College. It was founded in 1284 by Hugo de Balsham, Bishop of Ely. The beautiful old College buildings are set in five acres of gardens, right in the centre of Cambridge. Although the smallest college in of numbers of academics and students, Peterhouse retains a reputation for excellence and influence. The college is seen as a centre for innovation and has produced five nobel prize winners.
Famous alumni include:
- Charles Babbage, inventor of the concept of the computer
- Henry Cavendish, discovered hydrogen and measured the density of the earth
- Sir Christopher Cockerell, inventor of the hovercraft
- Lord Kelvin, developed Kelvin scale of temperature measurement
- Air Commodore, Sir Frank Whittle, inventor of the jet engine