HRH Prince Philip

The College is greatly saddened to hear of the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, former Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, who died on 9th April 2021. The University of Cambridge flourished, and grew considerably, during his 35 years as Chancellor.

Prince Philip visited Darwin in his capacity as Chancellor on the occasion of a Darwin Lecture given in 1978. He was a particularly strong supporter of engineering, and a keen advocate for the establishment of the Regius Professorship in Engineering at Cambridge in 2011, a position first held by Darwin Fellow the late Professor Sir David MacKay.

Conservation was another of HRH’s special interests, and he often met with Cambridge students and researchers in this area. The University created the Prince Philip Professorship of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology to mark the 30th anniversary of his Chancellorship in 2007. Dr Michael Rands, Master of Darwin said: “I was so very sorry to hear of the death of His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh. He was a passionate champion of nature conservation worldwide, deeply committed to higher education and research, and an outstanding Chancellor of this University. On behalf of the Darwin College community I extend our heartfelt condolences to the Royal family”.