Recent News

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’

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.

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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

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

Sir Michael George Parke Stoker CBE, MD, FRCP, FRS

4 July 1918 - 13 August 2013

The College regrets to announce the death of Sir Michael Stoker, third President of Clare Hall from 1980–1987, and Honorary Fellow, who died peacefully on Tuesday morning, 13 August 2013, at the age of 95 years.

The funeral service for Sir Michael Stoker was held in the West Chapel at Cambridge Crematorium on Thursday 22 August,  followed afterwards by a reception at Clare Hall.

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.

Clare Hall has a new President

Our new President, Professor David Ibbetson FBA, joins us at Clare Hall this August. A world-leading legal historian and Roman lawyer, Professor Ibbetson has been Chairman of the University’s Law Faculty and is the Warden of Leckhampton, Corpus Christi’s graduate community. As the Regius Professor of Civil Law, he holds one of only eight Regius Chairs in the University.

Professor Ibbetson was raised in Manchester and first came to Cambridge as an undergraduate in 1973. He stayed in Cambridge for his postgraduate studies where he decided to pursue a career in academia. Throughout his academic career, college and university administration have gone hand-in-hand with his research and teaching. He has served as Dean of College and Senior Tutor at Magdalen College, Oxford, and after four years as a Fellow at Corpus, he was elected Warden of Leckhampton in 2004.

Professor Ibbetson brings to the presidency of Clare Hall a strong sense of the value of graduate communities and a keen interest in the development of our College. We hope many of you will get a chance to meet him as he enters his new role and that you will join us in wishing him a very warm welcome to Clare Hall.

Michael Loewe's 90th birthday

On 6 November 2012, Clare Hall members celebrated Michael Loewe's 90th birthday with lunch in college. President Martin Harris warmly praised Michael for his scholarship and his contributions to Clare Hall over many years. Michael continues to be busy with his research and is currently lecturing in Hong Kong and Beijing.


The Tanner Trustees meet in Cambridge

The University of Cambridge hosted this year’s meeting last week of the Tanner Trustees, comprising leaders of the most prestigious universities in the United States and the UK.

This year’s meeting took place at Clare Hall and the College, in collaboration with the Vice-Chancellor’s Office, organised a series of events to welcome those very special guests.

A private dinner took place at the Fitzwilliam Museum. The new exhibition, “The Search for Immortality: Tomb Treasures of Han China” was opened for this special occasion. Guests were welcomed by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, the President of Clare Hall, Sir Martin Harris and the President of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Timothy Potts. Many Heads of House were also present.
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Students of Clare Hall raise money for Camfed

The student Christmas party on Saturday 26 November 2011 raised in the region of £205.00 for Camfed which funds a full secondary school scholarship for one child in one of the sub-Saharan countries. The cost of one scholarship is £180 so they are well on the way to raising enough for a second!

The students are to be congratulated on this magnificent effort and the Tutorial Office is delighted.

Dr Bobbie Wells
Senior Tutor

Prof. John Barrow awarded the Christopher Zeeman Medal for the Promotion of Mathematics to the Public

The Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) and the London Mathematical Society (LMS) are delighted to announce that Professor John Barrow, FRS, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge will receive the Christopher Zeeman Medal for the Promotion of Mathematics to the Public. More info...

Professor Julius Lipner delivers the 2011 Ramsden Sermon

Julius Lipner, Professor of Hinduism and the Comparative Study of Religion in the University, and a Fellow of Clare Hall, was invited to deliver the 2011 Cambridge Ramsden Sermon on 22 May. Since its inception in 1847 on behalf of a private donator, the Ramsden Sermon is to pertain to the topic of “Church Extension overseas, especially within the Commonwealth of Nations”. Professor Lipner, being the first full-time lecturer appointed to teach religious traditions other than the Christian one in the history of the University, delivered thoughtful words without sparing the core question of colonialism, both in its historical significance and contemporary consequences. More info…

Updated  Jan.27.2015