Dr Madeline Lancaster elected Official Fellow

The College is delighted to announce the election of Dr Madeline Lancaster as an Official Fellow.

Dr Lancaster is an American developmental biologist studying neurological development and diseases of the brain. She is a group leader at the Medical Research Council (MRC) Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, having conducted her postdoctoral work in the lab of Jürgen Knoblich at the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology in Vienna, Austria. This work was supported by fellowships from EMBO, the Helen Hay Whitney Foundation and Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions. During this time...

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25 March 2021

Dr Mary Elizabeth King (1926-2021)

It is with great sadness that Clare Hall announces the death of Dr Mary Elizabeth King, who died peacefully in her home on 20th February 2021. Mary was a long-established friend and benefactor of the College, Professor of Pathology and of course the widow of Professor Donald King, Fellow and Life Member of Clare Hall, who passed away in 2018. Together they generously funded the highly prestigious annual lecture series, the King Lectures in Biomedical Sciences, and a Visiting Fellowship in Pathology. Don and Mary also funded the building of the King Suite, for all of which the College is...

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23 March 2021

Book on the historic battlefield as a cultural construction published by Life Member team

John Carman, a Life Member of Clare Hall and Senior Lecturer in Heritage Valuation at the University of Birmingham, has co-written a new book. Tiled Battlefields – from Event to Heritage (Oxford University Press, 2020) the book asks an apparently simple question: what is a historic battlefield? – and finds a more complex answer than we might think. John researched and wrote this publication with his partner Patricia Carman, who is a Research Fellow in the School of History & Cultures at the University of Birmingham.

John and Patricia write:

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22 March 2021

Life Member speaks about psychiatric work with documentary team

Dr Clive Sherlock, a British psychiatrist and Life Member of Clare Hall, features in a video interview from the makers of Medicating Normal, a new documentary film on the untold story of the intersection between profit-driven medicine and human beings in distress.

In the film, prominent psychiatrists and scientific experts explain how it came to pass that one in five Americans take psychiatric drugs daily, and often for many years. They reinforce the fact that debilitating side-effects including addiction are common, yet not commonly acknowledged. During his...

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18 March 2021

Story of Nazi art plunderer Bruno Lohse published by Life Member

Jonathan Petropoulos, John V. Croul Professor of European History at Claremont McKenna College and a Life Member of Clare Hall, has published a new book. Göring’s Man in Paris: The Story of a Nazi Art Plunderer and His World sees Professor Petropoulos sharing a biography of a notorious Nazi art plunderer and his career in the post-war art world.

Bruno Lohse (1911–2007) was one of the most notorious art plunderers in history. Appointed by Hermann Göring to Hitler’s special art looting agency, he went on to supervise the systematic theft of over...

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17 March 2021

Research Fellow offers free series of Kathak dance classes to Clare Hall community

Dr Bipasha Chakraborty, Research Fellow in Sciences at Clare Hall, is running a series of free Kathak classes for Clare Hall members this springtime.

Alongside being a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellow at DAMTP and a particle physicist, Dr Chakraborty is also a passionate dancer, with her expertise being the Indian classical dance form known as Kathak.

She shares:
“The first lockdown made me realise how blissful dancing can be for myself and others, and this motivated me to work with a charity in India to teach underprivileged children...

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16 March 2021

Pianist Thomas Kelly delights virtual audiences, live from Clare Hall

Saturday evening saw British pianist Thomas Kelly visiting Clare Hall to share a programme of works by Liszt and Busoni.

You can catch up with Kelly's recital anytime via YouTube at

The recital received a nice review by ...

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15 March 2021

PhD student’s paper on the human placenta published in Nature

A paper co-written by the Wellcome Sanger Institute’s Tim Coorens, PhD student in Mathematical Genomics and Medicine at Clare Hall and former GSB president and bar manager, has been published in Nature and shared widely in the national press.

In the first study of the genomic architecture of the human placenta, scientists at the Wellcome Sanger Institute and their collaborators have confirmed that the normal structure of the placenta is different to any other human organ and resembles that of a tumour, harbouring many of the same genetic mutations found in childhood...

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12 March 2021

Film about poet Stevie Smith finds key source in biography written by Emeritus Fellow

Juliet Stevenson plays Stevie Smith in a new film available free until 5th April from the Globe Theatre. It is a beautifully scripted and performed piece, says Professor Frances Spalding, who wrote a biography of Stevie Smith in the late 1980s, and was surprised and delighted this month to be acknowledged effusively by one of the scriptwriters and Master of Ceremonies.  

Stevie Smith: Black March is a double-act performance between the poet and the man who acts as her sounding board, encouraging observations and chat before the dialogue segues into...

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11 March 2021

Clare Hall Allotment Initiative officially launches

25 Clare Hall members sowed a variety of vegetables in West Court at the weekend, as part of a new Allotment Initiative for the College community. Sarah Gough, a PhD candidate from the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, shares:

"After about a year of planning, and with support from a number of people at Clare Hall, we kickstarted Clare Hall's Allotment Initiative in West Court on Saturday. Over eleven households came to sow various seeds from tomatoes, peas, broad beans, aubergine, chilli, basil, chives, asparagus, lettuce to strawberries. It's so easy to...

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10 March 2021