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  1. Founding of the university

    Photo: College of California campus, Oakland. Photo © UC Regents

    Following the gold rush that brought hundreds of thousands of people to the state, the University of California is founded when two institutions merge - the private College of California in Oakland, and a new state land-grant institution, the Agricultural, Mining and Mechanical Arts College. Leaders of the two institutions decide to join the two schools. A mere 10 faculty members and 40 students make up the new university when it opens.

  1. University moves to Berkeley

    Photo: Founders Rock © UC Regents

    The University, first founded on the Oakland site of the College of California, has close to 200 students and moves to the new campus in Berkeley on land adjoining Strawberry Creek.

  1. Earthquake science

    Photo: San Andreas fault

    Earth sciences professors set up the Western Hemisphere’s first string of seismographic stations, to systematically record seismic activity and publish these earthquake records.

  1. First female students

    Photo © UC Regents

    Just one year after instruction begins on the Berkeley campus, the regents vote to admit women on equal terms with men. The first female students, 17 in total, enroll at the university.

  1. Ernest Lawrence, Nobel Prize in Physics

    Photo courtesy of The Bancroft Library © UC Regents.

    Ernest Lawrence receives a Nobel Prize for his work on the cyclotron, becoming the first of 22 Berkeley faculty members to date to garner a Nobel Prize, and the first Nobelist at a public university.