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Professor Chris Bishop

04 Sep 2015

Congratulations to Professor Chris Bishop who is the new director of Microsoft Research Cambridge, the European arm of Microsoft's research organisation:

Dr Ronald (Jimmy) James

04 Aug 2015

Dr R G James has been recognised by the ASCE OTC Hall of Fame for Pioneering Innovation and Lasting Impact for his OTC Paper 'J.J. Osborne, J.C. Trickey, G.T. Houlsby, and R.G. James, Findings from a Joint Industry Study on Foundation Fixity of Jackup Units, OTC 6615 (1991).'

Royal Society medal and award winners

04 Aug 2015

Professor Elizabeth Blackburn AC FRS Royal Medal for her work on the prediction and discovery of telomerase and the role of telomeres in protecting and maintaining the genome.
Professor Russell Cowburn FRS Clifford Paterson Medal and Lecture for his remarkable academic, technical and commercial achievements in nano-magnetics.
Dr Madan Babu Mohan Francis Crick Medal and Lecture for his major and widespread contributions to computational biology.

Dr George Gömöri

04 Aug 2015

Professor Harry Bhadeshia

15 Jun 2015

Darwin College is delighted to announce that Professor Harry Bhadeshia has been awarded a knighthood, in the Queen's Birthday Honours, for services to Science and Technology:

Dr Derek Bendall

20 May 2015

Following the death of Dr Derek Bendall on 4 December 2014 a tribute has been published in Photosynthesis Research:

Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes

07 May 2015

Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes (1990, MPhil in Psychology) is the new President of the British Psychological Society.

Dr Duncan Needham

27 Apr 2015

Dr Duncan Needham, Darwin College Research Fellow, has been awarded the Economic History Society's Thirsk-Feinstein PhD Dissertation Prize for 'UK monetary policy from devaluation to Mrs Thatcher'.

Professor Susan Jebb OBE

24 Apr 2015

Professor Jebb, alumna, matriculated in 1986, studied for a PhD in Nutrition, was interviewed on The Life Scientific on Radio 4. You can hear the interview here:

Culinary news

10 Apr 2015

 At the recent University of Cambridge Culinary Competition, Darwin chefs Connor Tidey, Anton Kuznecov and Szczepan Kunkowski displayed dishes in the static dish classes.

This was all completed whilst still preparing our normal daily servery and formal halls, so an enormous achievement by all.

Under the mentoring of our Head Chef Fergus Martin the team excelled themselves in winning the following medals;

Restaurant plates starters - 

Connor Tidey – Gold medal, class winner and best newcomer

 Anton Kuznecov – Gold medal

Restaurant plates main course –

Szczepan Kunkowski – Silver medal.

A fantastic result from the Darwin College kitchen in their first competition event.

The culinary evolution continues at Darwin College!


Ivan Higney

Catering Manager 

Darwin Alumna Dr Janet Rossant

03 Apr 2015

Congratulations to Darwin Alumna Dr Janet Rossant who received the 2015 Canada Gairdner Wightman Award. Named after businessman-philanthropist James Arthur Gairdner, the Gairdner Awards were established in 1959 and are Canada’s top international medical research prizes. Janet Rossant is the first woman to win it!

Sir John Bradfield to be remembered

06 Mar 2015

Sir John Bradfield, who died late last year aged 89, is to be commemorated by the naming of a court in his honour in Darwin College. Sir John, as Senior Bursar of Trinity College, was instrumental in the founding of Darwin College in 1964, and remained actively involved with Darwin for the following half century.  With the generous support of Trinity College, the John Bradfield Court will be created as a lasting memorial to his remarkable foresight and outstanding contribution.

Sir John was a driving force in the establishment of Darwin College as Cambridge's first wholly graduate college in the modern era and its first mixed college.   The College, which has celebrated this year its 50th Anniversary, has grown from its modest beginnings into one of the largest colleges, with its membership of over 700 drawn from every discipline and from around the globe. Sir John's bursarial expertise and practicality were made unstintingly available to the College from the first steps in its foundation and for the five decades in which he contributed to the life of College, and especially to the management of its endowment. He was elected an Honorary Fellow of the College in 1973.

The John Bradfield Court will be based around the former tennis court lawn on the eastern part of the Darwin domus, and will involve the creation of a John Bradfield Room (and associated amenities) for multiple uses as a significant addition to the College's facilities.  The Court will sensitively incorporate the existing historic buildings facing the river, in particular the Old Granary, the iconic face of Darwin around the world and beloved of generations of its student occupants. Trinity College has warmly supported these proposals, and will be generously making a donation of up to £1.5m towards this project.  Of this amount £0.5m is subject to matching donations to be raised by Darwin College.

Professor Nick Humphrey

16 Feb 2015

Professor Nick Humphrey has been awarded the Mind and Brain Prize 2015. The international Mind&Brain Prize was established by the University of Turin to recognise outstanding achievement in advancing our knowledge about mind and brain in the field of Cognitive Science.

Professor Sir Geoffrey Lloyd

22 Dec 2014

The prize, worth 60,000 euros has been awarded this year for Cross-Cultural Cognition.





Culinary World Cup

17 Dec 2014

Fergus Martin, our Head Chef returned from competing at the 2014 Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg recently. 


This is the second largest culinary completion in the world with two thousand individual entries, thirty national senior teams, fifteen junior national teams and forty seven regional teams all competing over five days in various disciplines. 

Fergus Martin was there in his capacity as team manager to the ten members of culinary team from the Craft Guild of Chefs in conjunction with twelve members of the Compass culinary team. Overall the team achieved four gold medals, nine silver medals and five bronze medals. Fergus Martin received a silver medal for his individual entry, which is a fantastic result. 

Dr Derek Bendall

10 Dec 2014

Darwin College is very sad to announce the death of Dr Derek Bendall on 4th December 2014. In 1965 he was one of the first three people elected as Fellows, just one year after the College’s founding. In 1997 he was elected an Emeritus Fellow. His dedicated support for the College is shown by his service as the first College Secretary and by his subsequent twenty two years as Gardens Officer. Darwin College’s lovely informal gardens along the river banks have given much pleasure to generations of Darwinians. A member of the Biochemistry Department, he remained active there and in the College throughout his retirement. Derek Bendall will be greatly missed. Derek will have a small private family funeral. His family have suggested that should people wish to mark his death, they might like to make a donation to the Darwin College Development Fund.

The annual Charles Simonyi lecture was given by Professor David Mackay in Oxford on 14 November.

07 Nov 2014

Create your own 2050 world here

Penny Price

19 Oct 2014

Penny Price, has been elected a Fellow of the Linnean Society, London:

Penny also received a Silver Gilt medal earlier this year by the RHS for her botanical paintings. 

Penny is the widow of Hugh Price, former Bursar of Darwin College.

We are sorry to announce the death of Sir John Bradfield

16 Oct 2014

Sir John Bradfield died on 13 October 2014 at Great Gate, Trinity College. He was instrumental in the foundation of Darwin College and was an Honorary Fellow, active in College until his death at the age of 89. He will be greatly missed.


Dr Amrita Narlikar to Take Over as New President of GIGA

Dr Amrita Narlikar

18 Sep 2014

The Board of Trustees of the GIGA has installed Dr Amrita Narlikar, Fellow of Darwin College, to lead the institute as its new president. Her term is set to begin on 1 October 2014. Read more...

Appointment of new College Bursar

John Dix

27 Aug 2014

Darwin College is pleased to announce the appointment of John Dix as Bursar to take over from Peter Brindle on his retirement in December. John has for the last ten years been Managing Partner of law firm Hewitsons, a role carrying a wide range of strategic, financial and operational responsibilities. He has been active in the University as a member of its Audit Committee, and is a vice-chair of the Stephen Perse Foundation, having had involvement with the Foundation's buildings projects, development activities, and endowment management. His degrees are in history and law from the University of Sydney, and he practised as a corporate lawyer in both Australia and the UK. He has lived in Cambridge since 1990, is married to a Darwin alumna and together they have three daughters.

Cancer Research UK Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research Prize

29 Jul 2014

Darwin College warmly congratulates Emeritus Fellow Professor Ron Laskey who has been awarded this year's Cancer Research UK Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research Prize.

Darwin Fellow presented with the Rosentiel Award by the Rosentiel Foundation

12 May 2014

Dr Emily Shuckburgh has been presented with the Rosentiel Award by the Rosentiel Foundation: Read more...

Darwin Fellow Elected to the Academy of Medical Sciences

12 May 2014

Professor Carol Brayne has been elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences:

Darwin Fellows Elected to Royal Society

02 May 2014

The Royal Society has announced the election of new Fellows for 2014. Congratulations to Professor Karalyn Patterson and Professor Vladimir Markovic.


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