ProfessorsProfessor Sir Patrick Bateson
Professor Bateson has been the Provost of King's College since 1987. He is Professor of Ethology here at the University of Cambridge. Professor Bateson's research is particularly concerned with the behaviour patterns of birds and cats, and the question of genetic influences versus environmental influences on animal behaviour.
He has been deeply involved with the ethics concerning the use of animals in research, and in the assessment of pain and suffering in animals. Professor Bateson was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1983 and now serves as Biological Secretary and Vice-President of the Royal Society. We are very proud that he was recently knighted by the Queen for his outstanding services to science.
Lady Dusha Bateson
We warmly welcome Lady Bateson to come and join her husband. It is because of her that we are here in this beautiful garden. She has been extremely gracious in helping us with the arrangements for today's event. Lady Dusha Bateson has worked extensively with the Centre of South Asian Studies at the University of Cambridge on its collection of archive materials. She also maintains the kitten register for the Egyptian Mau Club in the United Kingdom.
Dr. Frederick Sanger
Since the inception of the Nobel Prize in 1901, there have been just four extraordinary individuals who have won the prize twice. Dr. Frederick Sanger is one of those four. Dr. Sanger won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1958, for determining the structure of the insulin molecule, and he won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry again in 1980, for determining the structure of DNA. He is an Honorary Fellow of King's College.
Dr. Sanger and many subsequent guests were introduced by Ms. Sarada Crowe, joint organiser of the programme with Mr. Torpy and a senior technical officer at the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Cambridge.
Professor Jean Rudduck
Professor Rudduck is Professor of Education at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Homerton College. Professor Rudduck's main research interest is in the improvement of schools, particularly through student consultation and student empowerment. She is an extremely respected author and researcher and has served as President of the British Educational Research Association.
Professor Alan MacFarlane
Professor MacFarlane is Professor of Anthropological Science at the University of Cambridge and a Senior Research Fellow of King's College. His special areas of research include English society of the 14th to the 19th centuries, the Gurungs of Central Nepal, and the people along the Burmese-Indian border known as the Nagas. He is the author of seventeen books and has made numerous radio and television appearances relating to various aspects of history. In 1986, he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy.
Professor Janice Stargardt
Professor Stargardt is a Senior Research Fellow and a Lecturer at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. She is also a Foreign Professor for life at the Sorbonne. Professor Stargardt works on the environmental and historical geography and archaeology of South and South-East Asia.
She is particularly interested in the transition of Iron Age societies in South-East India, Burma and Thailand from villages to complex, literate and urbanised communities. In addition, she is co-ordinator of a five-year British Academy research project on relics and relic worship in early Buddhism in India and Burma.
Professor Ajit Singh
Professor Singh is Professor of Economics at the University of Cambridge and Project Leader at the University Centre for Business Research. He is a Senior Fellow of Queens' College. Professor Singh has taught Economics at the University of Cambridge since 1965. During his long and extremely distinguished career, he has also been a senior economic adviser to the Governments of Mexico and the United Republic of Tanzania, and a consultant to various United Nations organisations, including the World Bank and the International Labour Organisation.
Professor Sir Nicholas Shackleton
Professor Shackleton is Professor of Quaternary Paleoclimatology and Director of the Godwin Institute for Quaternary Research. His main research interest is the investigation of the processes of climate change during the past two million years. He has been at the very forefront of research in his field since the late 1960's, and has received a number of awards, including the Lyell and Wollaston Medals from the Geological Society of London and the prestigious Crafoord Prize from the Swedish Academy of Science. Professor Shackleton was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1985. In 1988, he was knighted in recognition of his services to Earth Sciences. Recently he was elected President of the International Union of Quaternary Research.
Professor Tony Minson
Professor Minson is Professor of Virology at the University of Cambridge and Chairman of the School of Biological Sciences. He is a Fellow of Wolfson College. He is an extremely well-respected and eminent virologist and has acted as a specialist government adviser on various aspects of virology and microbiology. Professor Minson is a member of the governing body of the Institute of Animal Health and a member of the Lister Institute of Preventative Medicine. In 2002, he was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and he was recently appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge.
Professor Robin Holloway
Professor Holloway is Professor of Musical Composition at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College. He is a dynamic and imaginative composer who has written full orchestral scores, ensemble pieces, songs, unaccompanied choral works and an opera. In addition, he has set the words of many poets to music.
He has been called "a prolific and versatile composer in almost every field." Professor Holloway writes: "Music makes a kind of liquid link between the study of languages, literature and other arts, history and sciences — joining them together in the outer world of feelings and relationships, and the inner world of the imagination."
Professor Howard Chase
Professor Chase is Professor of Biochemical Engineering at the University of Cambridge and a Research Fellow at Magdalene College. He is the Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering. Much of his research is concerned with environmental matters — how to most safely dispose of hazardous substances, waste water and other wastes without harming the environment. Professor Chase is also extremely active within the University administration, serving on several executive committees of the University.
Professor Chase's wife, Dawn Leeder, is a Senior Research Associate at the University of Cambridge Clinical School. She is also Director of the Universities' Collaboration in eLearning.
Dr. John Barber
Dr. Barber is a Senior Lecturer in Politics at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, and a Fellow of King's College. He is the author and editor of several books and a renowned authority on modern Russian politics, Stalin and Stalinism and the impact of war on the Soviet society and state. In his role as Vice-Provost of King's College, he graciously hosted Sri Chinmoy's visit to the College in November 1997. He has recently been appointed as Director of Development at King's College. He is known to many of us for his kindness and generosity of spirit.
Professor Simon Goldhill
Professor Goldhill is Professor in Greek Literature and Culture at the University of Cambridge, and a Research Fellow at King's College.
His main areas of research are gender studies, fourth and fifth century Greek culture, especially Greek drama, and the relationship between art and literature. Professor Goldhill is also among the best known modern interpreters of Greek poetry, particularly tragedy, and has been a leading figure in the application of modern literary criticism to ancient Greek texts.
Professor Roger Parker
Professor Parker is Professor of Music at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of St. John's College. His work centres on opera, mainly Italian opera of the 19th century, and in particular the works of Giuseppe Verdi, on whom he is a renowned authority. Other areas of his research interest have included English and French opera, African-American music, music in Paris during the Commune, music in avant garde film, and musical representations of South Africa. Professor Parker is the author of a number of books and has received numerous awards, including the Premio Giuseppe Verdi in 1986 and the Dent Medal from the Royal Musical Association in 1991.