Notice of Professor John Barrow’s funeral - (live stream)

The Funeral Service for Professor John D. Barrow will take place on Monday 19 October, 1:30pm. The ceremony will also run virtually via


Meeting ID: 958 6046 8905

Passcode: 257729

In order to maximise the quality of the Live Streaming, viewers are kindly requested to watch with their own video and audio turned off.


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16 October 2020

Dealing with Mental Health and Covid-19

Following World Mental Health Day on October 10, Clare Hall Professorial Fellow Professor Barbara Sahakian's work has been cited in the latest edition of Vogue. In an article by Sarah Garden, Professor Sahakian talks to her about her current work on neuroscience and Covid-19.

You can read Professor Sahakian's recently published scientific articles here:


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14 October 2020

Clare Hall Fellow wins Physics prize

Clare Hall is delighted to announce that Professor Hasok Chang has won the 2021 Abraham Pais Prize for History of Physics.

08 October 2020

Professor John Barrow

It is with great sadness that the College announces the death of our dear friend and colleague Professor John Barrow, Fellow of the College, and Professor of Mathematical Sciences. John passed away peacefully on Saturday 26 September 2020, at home, surrounded by his family. We send our sincere condolences to John’s family, friends, students and colleagues around the world.

Funeral details, including how to access its live streaming, and a fuller appreciation of John’s life and work, will be issued in due course. For the time being, the Family has asked that it would be...

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27 September 2020

Clare Hall Alumni Festival - Saturday 26 September

This year’s Clare Hall Alumni Festival Weekend will be online on Saturday 26 September, at 5 pm BST. The event will be hosted by Professor Alan Short, President of Clare Hall, along with Mrs Helen Pennant, Vice President, and will feature three of our Fellows of Clare Hall, sharing the latest insights from their research.

Professor Barbara Sahakian, DSc, FBA, FMedSci Psychiatric disorders and Emeritus Fellow of Clare Hall. Barbara will be talking about “Good Brain Health and Wellbeing for Everybody” 
Dr Karen Ersche, Reader of...

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25 September 2020

New book by Dr Carolyn Cobbold (RF) published today

A new book by Research Fellow Carolyn Cobbold explains how aniline and azo dyes, among the first laboratory-produced chemicals, were introduced into food, leading to the wholesale legitimisation of man-made chemicals as food ingredients.

In A Rainbow Palate: How Chemical Dyes Changed the West’s Relationship with Food, Carolyn describes how the widespread use of synthetic chemical substances influenced perceptions and understanding of food, science, and technology, as well as trust in science and scientists. Because the new dyes were among the earliest contested...

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22 September 2020

Royal Academy of Engineering Young Engineers of the Year - Boyang Shen


Dr Shen has just been named one of the 2020 Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) Engineers Trust Young Engineer of the Year, a world-renowned honour for the scientists and engineers who have demonstrated excellence in the early stage of their career, and with prizes of £3,000 each.

Dr Boyang Shen holds a Research Fellowship at Clare Hall and is a Research Associate with the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge. He has published around 60 peer‑reviewed journal articles. In 2018, he was awarded one of the highest prizes in the world for...

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16 September 2020

Tackling the mental health consequences of Covid-19

Professor Barbara Sahakian (Professorial Fellow) has recently had two articles published concerning her team’s work researching the long-term consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic for global mental health and emotional well-being.

You can read the articles here:


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05 September 2020

69th Nobel Laureate Meeting - Clare Hall student attends

Clare Hall PhD student Samer Kurdi (Materials Science) was invited to attend the 69th Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau in 2019, which brought together 39 Nobel Laureates and 580 leading young scientists from all over the world. The meeting is a week-long opportunity designed to foster discussion among scientists of different generations, cultures and disciplines. LINO19 took place on the banks of Lake Constance in Germany; an inspiring setting for an awe-inspiring meeting.


Samer's reflections on the event can be read at:


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27 August 2020

Stay Safe Cambridge University website launched

The StaySafeCambridgeUni webpage is where you will find information to help Cambridge students and staff minimise the risks to themselves and others from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Visit the pages for guidance on measures such as face coverings, social distancing and the University’s COVID-19 testing facilities. The webpages include films and information on life at Cambridge and will be continuously updated.
Cambridge offers rich opportunities for learning and we...

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24 August 2020