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Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow in Glasgow, Scotland celebrated its 550th anniversary in 2001.

The university originated in Glasgow Cathedral[?], moved to the High Street in the 17th century and the present building was situated on Gilmorehill in the West End of the city in 1870. The main building, an example of Victorian Gothic architecture is a major landmark and icon of the city.

Famous scholars associated with the university include Lord Kelvin, Adam Smith, James Watt, John Logie Baird, and Joseph Lister. In more recent times, the university boasts of having Europe's largest collection of life scientists[?].

The Veterinary School is perhaps Glasgow's most famous Faculty, having wrought the personalities of James Herriot (aka Alf Wight), Eddie Straighton[?] ("The TV Vet"), Sir William Weipers[?], among many others and has the distinction of having its degree recognised not only by the UK, but also the USA, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, as well as most other countries in the World, an honour shared by only a handful of other institutions.

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