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The City


Manchester is a city and metropolitan borough in Greater Manchester, England, with an estimated population of 512,000.Manchester lies within the Greater Manchester Urban Area, the United Kingdom's second largest urban area, which has a population of 2,553,379. The local authority is Manchester City Council. Manchester is situated in the south-central part of North West England, fringed by the Cheshire Plain to the south and the Pennines to the north and east.

While Manchester first came to prominence in the Industrial Revolution, today it's enjoying another major renaissance, attracting worldwide interest and investment, and establishing itself as an international centre of the arts, media, higher education and commerce. Today, travelling around the city, landmark contemporary buildings - such as the 171m tall Beetham Tower - and Manchester as a whole feels as much a city of the future as it does a city of the past.

Manchester hosted the 2002 Commonwealth games, the success of which played a major part in London hosting the 2012 Olympic Games.

Founded in Roman times, the city has a long tradition of innovation. The first international art exhibition was held here in 1857. In 1919, while working at Manchester University, Ernest Rutherford discovered how to split the atom. In 1948, the world's first stored-programme computer was developed by Tom Kilburn and Freddie Williams. Alan Turing, one of the 20th century's greatest mathematical and logical thinkers, also spent time in the university's computing department (a memorial to Turing can be found in Sackville Park). This profile continues today, not least within healthcare and the life sciences, where - among other organisations - the Central Manchester University Hospitals acts as a fulcrum for pioneering medical research and innovation.


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