Recent News

The silent morning - Culture and memory after the Armistice

Dr Trudi Tate, Clare Hall Fellow and Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of English has (together with Dr Kate Kennedy of Girton College) published a collection of essays by Manchester University Press entitled The silent morning - Culture and memory after the Armistice.

The book, which came out in paperback on Armistice Day (11 November 2015) looks at the cultural and societal narrative of a Britain struggling to find itself in the wake of conflict. Part of this struggle was a national drive to increase the health of the nation and produce a generation raised on safe milk, housed in sanitary conditions and provided with a secure framework.

The book is published by Manchester University Press and can purchased  here

Clare Hall Visiting Fellow awarded the Nordic Prize for 2015

Thomas Bredsdorff a Clare Hall Visiting Fellow, has been awarded the  Nordic Prize for 2015, the highest honour from the Swedish Academy, for his scholarship in Scandinavian Literature.

Calling all amateur musicians!

Do you or your partner/child play an instrument or sing, at any level?

Clare Hall is organising a Members' Concert provisionally for late November. The idea is to have Clare Hall members (including partners and family) showcase their hidden talents in a relaxed environment. We've had some resident professional musicians contribute, but mostly it's been a chance for amateurs to perform to a friendly audience. The concerts are a lot of fun and mainly intended for music that can be played without amplifiers (classical, folk and so on). 

Please drop the organiser Visa Kurki an  email if you think you'd be interested in performing. 

First AcademiaNet meeting held in the UK

Eighteen AcademiaNet fellows, all women in Science and Academia, came together in Cambridge last month for the first meeting of it's kind in the UK. The brainchild of Clare Hall's Christina Haubrich, read all about the event  here.


New arrival to Clare Hall

Congratulations to Visiting Fellows Dr Beatrice Kobow and Trevor Wedman who are happy to announce the birth of their son, Innocent Theodore Augustin.  He was born on Wednesday the 23rd September, weighing 8 pounds.  Dr Beatrice said she could not imagine a better place or community to have their baby than here at Clare Hall.


Riddhi Dasgupta

 Riddhi Dasgupta (PhD International Economic Law 2012) has been selected to clerk on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  International Interplay: The Future of Expropriation Across International Dispute Settlement was published in 2013.


Alexander Watson

 Alexander Watson a Clare Hall Research Fellow from 2005 to 2010, has been promoted to Professor at Goldsmiths, University of London. He has just published  Ring of Steel: Germany and Austria-Hungary at War, 1914-1918.


2015 Canada Prize in the Humanities

Native Art of the Northwest Coast: A History of Changing Ideas, edited by Charlotte Townsend-Gault (VF 2001), Jennifer Kramer and Ki-ke-in has been awarded the  2015 Canada Prize in the Humanities by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.   


Professor John Barrow

Professor John Barrow has been awarded the Dirac Medal in the  2015 Institute of Physics awards. The Dirac Gold Medal is one of the Premier Awards of the Institute of Physics made annually for outstanding contributions to theoretical (including mathematical and computational) physics. 


Eric Nye

'John Kemble’s Gibraltar Journal: The Spanish Expedition of the Cambridge Apostles, 1830-31' written by Visiting Fellow Eric Nye, has been featured by the London Review of Books.  Click  here to read the review.   


Clare Hall Boat Club news

Clare Hall Boat Club hosted a christening ceremony in August for their newly purchased boat "Hamoodi", a mid-weight coxed four.  In attendance were current and past members of the boat club as well as our College President, Professor David Ibbetson.

The boat was supported by donations from members and friends of the boat club and was named “Hamoodi” after the son of Riham al-Ismaili, a current member whose donation made the speedy purchase possible.  Clare Hall Boat Club are truly grateful to all their members, supporters and Riham al-Ismaili for their generous support and believe that “Hamoodi” will be an important contributor to the CHBC fleet for many years to come.

Clare Hall Boat Club are also proud to announce that Vision Direct has joined them as a new official sponsor for the 2015-2016 season and beyond.  This partnership will provide general support and allow CHBC to upgrade its fleet of boats to further enhance the rowing experience of our members. 


Professor Andrew Blake to be the first Institute Director of the The Alan Turing Institute.

Clare Hall is delighted to announce that Professor Andrew Blake has agreed to become the first Director of the Alan Turing Institute. He is expected to begin a 5 year appointment in October.

The Alan Turing Institute is a joint venture agreement between the Universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford, UCL, Warwick and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). The Institute is now fully constituted and has begun operations and will be headquartered at the British Library. The Institute will promote the development and use of advanced mathematics, computer science, algorithms and big data for human benefit.

Speaking of the appointment Howard Covington, Chairman of The Alan Turing Institute, said “We are absolutely delighted that Andrew Blake has agreed to become the Institute’s first Director. His experience, drive, wisdom and enthusiasm will get the Institute off to a great start"


Clare Hall Fellows/Staff vs. Students Cricket Match

The 24th June 2015 saw the revival of a cherished and long-standing Clare Hall tradition: the Fellows/Staff vs. Students Cricket Match. The day dawned clear and bright and a lively crowd of over 140 Clare Hall Members gathered at Leckhampton Sports Ground to witness an enthusiastic contest. The Students batted first and amassed the impressive total of 145 for 3 after 17 overs; the Fellows/Staff followed and managed to score 99 all out – someway short even with the assistance of Twelfth Man!

The Students were worthy winners, though in many ways it was the occasion itself that was the main success. On a warm afternoon, with a substantial ‘cricket tea’ of sandwiches and cakes, it was great to see members of every part of the Clare Hall community come together to enjoy the game and each others’ company. Next year’s game is keenly awaited!

Read 'Prospect of the Grand Clare Hall Cricket Match played Midsummers Day - Part I and II', a poem by Twelfth Man.

Photo Credit: Lene Foss


Clare Hall Soiree 2015

This year the Clare Hall May Ball took us back to 'La Belle Epoque' where guests were treated to an evening of opulence, flash and glamour in the grounds of Clare Hall.

Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction

Ali Smith has been awarded the  Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction for her time shifting novel How to be both.   A novel of two halves, How to be Both's dual narrative focuses on the lives of a grieving teenage girl in the present day and a 15th Century Renaissance artist. Smith's book beat novels by writers including Rachel Cusk, Sarah Waters and Anne Tyler. 

Dissertation award

 Hyun Seong Anna Kim (PhD Management 2014) has won the Emerald Best International Dissertation Award at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 2014.

Book news

Kristen Eglinton (PhD Education 2009) has published Youth Identities, Localities, and Visual Material Culture: Making Selves, Making Worlds (Springer, 2013).  For more information on this  click here.

Fellow awards

 Alan Short (PF) was elected George Collins Fellow 2014, US Society of Architectural Historians, and Geddes Visiting Fellow 2014, Edinburgh University.

David Greenberg awarded Early Career Research Award

David Greenberg, PhD student in Psychology, has been awarded the Early Career Research Award from  ESCOM/ SEMPRE (European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music and the Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research, which are the two largest musical societies in Europe.

The award is made to one or two researchers, every three years. David will present his work at a conference in August 2015.

European Research Council Grant Award

Dr Sohini Kar-Narayan (Official Fellow) was recently awarded a 5-year European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant worth EUR 1.68M.

 For more details.

2014 Basic Income Studies Best Essay Prize

The 2014 Basic Income Studies Best Essay Prize was awarded to Visiting Fellow, Toru Yamamori, for his essay ‘A Feminist Way to Basic Income: Claimants Unions and Women’s Liberation Movements in Britain 1968-1987.′

The paper shed light on a forgotten struggle of working class women in claimants unions that articulated a feminist rationale for an unconditional basic income and succeeded to pass the resolution which asked the whole British Women’s Liberation movement to endorse the demand, at the National Women’s Liberation conferences. The paper is based on an oral historical research conducted over 13 years.


Michael Green awarded the 2014 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics

The 2014 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics was shared by Michael Green of the University of Cambridge and John Schwarz of the California Institute of Technology “for opening new perspectives on quantum gravity and the unification of forces.”

The award, worth more than double the $1.2m Nobel prize, was set up last year by Yuri Milner, a Russian investor and self-described "failed physicist”. The first recipient of the prize last year was Stephen Hawking.

 The Guardian
 The New York Times

Job Feldbrugge awarded the De Zeeuw-Van Dishoeck Graduate Award

Job Feldbrugge, Master's student in Maths, was awarded the first De Zeeuw-Van Dishoeck Graduate Award by the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (KHMV) in November 2014.

The award is for his previous Master's thesis in the Netherlands, Statistics of Caustics in Large-Scale Structure Formation, with which he graduated cum laude in Astronomy, Mathematics and Physics.

Feldbrugge conducted detailed research on the first structures to form in the Universe. The project concentrated on the way in which matter in the Universe groups together in a noticeably web-like pattern of slender filaments and flattened planes.  Feldbrugge developed a mathematical description of how the cosmic web originated. Previously, this was done with simulations based on the calculations of powerful computers, but Feldbrugge combined numerous existing theories on the origins of the cosmic web in a complex formula which not only describes what happened, but also how it happened. 

Hasok Chang awarded the 2013 Fernando Gil International Prize

Many congratulations to Hasok Chang, whose latest book, _Is Water H2O?
Evidence, Realism and Pluralism_ has just been awarded the 2013 Fernando
Gil International Prize. This is a new book-prize in philosophy of
science given by the Portuguese government and the Gulbenkian
Foundation; it is only the third time the award has been given.

Details at:




Salje Medal 2012 – 2013

We are pleased to announce that Governing Body approved the award of the Salje Medal for the best PhDs in 2012 – 2013 to the following former students:

Bernhard Lechtenberg (Haematology)
‘Thrombin Allostery and Interactions probed by NMR Spectroscopy and Crystallography’ 

Arts & Humanities:  
Sean Bottomley (History)
‘The British patent system during the Industrial Revolution, 1700-1852’

Barbara Sahakian elected President of the International Neuroethics Society

The Governing Board of the International Neuroethics Society announced today that Dr. Barbara Sahakian of Cambridge University will be the next President of the Society. She will take office in February 2014 and will serve a two year term. She follows Dr. Steven Hyman who was the founding President of the INS and has served since 2006.

Dr. Sahakian is Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology at the Department of Psychiatry, and Medical Research Council / Wellcome Trust Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute, University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine, and Honourary Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. After completing a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology at The University of Cambridge, she studied for a Diploma in Clinical Psychology, became a Chartered Psychologist, and was a founding member of The International Neuroethics Society.

She has an international reputation in the fields of cognitive psychopharmacology, neuroethics, neuropsychology, neuropsychiatry and neuroimaging. She has been involved in neuroscience and mental health policy, including the Foresight Project on Mental Capital and Wellbeing, the Medical Research Council Strategic Review Report on Mental Health and the Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health.

Dr. Sahakian is co-inventor of the CANTAB computerized neuropsychological tests, which are in use world-wide. She is well known for her research work on cognition, depression, and cognitive enhancement, and other issues of importance to neuroethics. She has more than 300 publications in leading scientific journals.  Her current program of research, funded by the Wellcome Trust and Medical Research Council, investigates the neurochemical modulation of impulsive and compulsive behavior in neuropsychiatric disorders, such as unipolar and bipolar depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. She currently serves as president of the British Association for Psychopharmacology. Her latest book (2013), with Jamie Nicole LaBuzetta, is Bad Moves: How decision making goes wrong, and the ethics of smart drugs.

In late 2014, the INS Governing Board will select a President-Elect who will begin to serve in that role in February 2015, becoming President in February 2016. The Nominating Committee, which is selected in part by the membership and in part by the Governing Board, is charged with selecting the slate of nominees to be presented to the INS Governing Board.

New Year Honours at Clare Hall

The College warmly congratulates Professor David Neal on the award of a CBE in the New Year Honours.

Professor Neal says: I am of course honoured and really delighted about the award.  I have been very privileged over my career to be able to try to help patients with urological diseases.  My passion is to try to offer the very best clinical service for patients linked with international quality translational research.  I have had wonderful colleagues over many years in Clare Hall, the hospital Trusts and Universities I have worked in, also with Cancer Research UK.  My family, in particular my wife Deborah, have been a great support to me.

I have tried to improve the results of cancer surgery for patients with urological disease by carefully adopting cutting edge technologies such as our new robotic system for men with prostate cancer (funded by Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust), and by doing research to improve treatments for those with aggressive forms of cancer.  Working with people with cancer is extremely inspiring because of their courage in dealing with this difficult disease and because they are determined to help us with our research to improve things for those who come after.

 Cambridge News

Updated  Jan.27.2015