Peterhouse is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge. It is the oldest college of the university, having been founded in 1284 by Hugo de Balsham, Bishop of Ely, and granted its charter by King Edward I. Today, Peterhouse has 254 undergraduates, 116 full-time graduate students and 54 fellows. The official name of Peterhouse does not include "college", although "Peterhouse College" is often seen in public.

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  • Peterhouse is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge. It is the oldest college of the university, having been founded in 1284 by Hugo de Balsham, Bishop of Ely, and granted its charter by King Edward I. Today, Peterhouse has 254 undergraduates, 116 full-time graduate students and 54 fellows. The official name of Peterhouse does not include "college", although "Peterhouse College" is often seen in public. Peterhouse is one of the wealthiest colleges in Cambridge, with assets exceeding £320 million. It is considered one of the most traditional Cambridge colleges and is one of the few colleges that still seeks to insist that its members attend communal dinners, known as "Hall". Hall takes place in two sittings, with the second known as "Formal Hall", which consists of a three-course candlelit meal and which must be attended wearing gowns. At Formal Hall, the students rise as the fellows proceed in, a gong is rung, and two Latin graces are read. Peterhouse also hosts a biennial white-tie ball as part of May Week celebrations. Academic performance tends to vary from year to year due to its very small student population; for example, Peterhouse came 25th in the Tompkins Table in 2007 but since 2015 has sat in the top 10 of the 29 colleges, most recently at 4th, in 2018. The college alumni include two Prime Ministers: Augustus FitzRoy, 3rd Duke of Grafton, a British Prime Minister, and Elijah Mudenda the second Prime Minister of Zambia, five Nobel prize winners: Sir John Kendrew, Sir Aaron Klug, Archer Martin, Max Perutz, and Michael Levitt, Archbishops of Canterbury, Lord Chancellors, Lord Chief Justices, the inventor of the jet engine Frank Whittle, scientists Lord Kelvin and Henry Cavendish, as well as Oscar-winning film director Sam Mendes, comedian David Mitchell, and Radiohead bass-guitarist Colin Greenwood. (en)
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  • Peterhouse is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge. It is the oldest college of the university, having been founded in 1284 by Hugo de Balsham, Bishop of Ely, and granted its charter by King Edward I. Today, Peterhouse has 254 undergraduates, 116 full-time graduate students and 54 fellows. The official name of Peterhouse does not include "college", although "Peterhouse College" is often seen in public. (en)
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