William Sands Cox

William Sands Cox (1802 – 23 1875,) was a surgeon in Birmingham and one of the Founding Fathers of the original medical school in 1828.


The 1828 Medical School became the Birmingham Royal School of Medicine in 1836 and then the Queen's College in 1843 by Royal Charter. Cox's ambition was for the college to teach arts, law, engineering, architecture and general science as well as medicine, surgery and theology. However, after a major split in the organisation, the non-theological departments moved off into Mason Science College which later became the University of Birmingham leaving the name Queen's College as a theological institution.