"Founded in 1209, the University of Cambridge has a very rich history, with its oldest college Peterhouse dating back to the year 1284. Some of its most famous alumni include Sir Isaac Newton, the British physicist who discovered gravity, the actor Ian McKellen, the mathematician Stephen Hawking, the actress Emma Thompson and the newspaper editor Arianna Huffington. The University of Cambridge has achieved the maximum five QS stars in four categories: research, innovation, teaching and specialist criteria. In addition to being the fourth best university in the world according to our data, the University of Cambridge is fifth in the graduate employment rankings. The University of Cambridge is also very competitive in a number of specialisms and ranks among the top three universities in the world for English language and literature, geography, history, modern languages, mechanical engineering, the natural sciences and many others."