April Newsletter 2016

On Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 May, the Master, Sir Gregory Winter FRS (1970), will be in Washington D.C. and New York City for drinks, discussion and dinner. The evenings will include a talk given by Sir Gregory entitled ‘Antibodies: A Revolution in Pharmaceuticals’. To book, please visit the Cambridge in America website.

Other dates for your diary in May include the TBCA Speaker Series in London on May 4, featuring a talk by Lord Blackwell (1970) entitled “Can the public trust banks again?”

The Trinity Literary Festival takes place in Bristol on Sunday 22 May at Kings Weston House. Speakers on the day include award-winning magazine journalist, freelance writer and interviewer for The Observer, Boyd Tonkin (1974), Exec Director of Bloomsbury Publishing and President of the International Publishers Association, Richard Charkin (1967), award-winning children’s novelist, Sam Angus (1986), and Sophie Hannah, the internationally bestselling writer of psychological crime fiction, whose work has been published in 32 languages and 51 territories.

Finally, on Tuesday 31 May, Dr Jean Khalfa (e1994) will be hosting a Fellow’s Research Talk in Paris on ‘French Artists books in the 20th century: Trinity College’s extraordinary collection’.


The Hollywood film, The Man Who Knew Infinity, filmed at Trinity, is out now, starring Dev Patel as the Indian maths genius Ramanujan (1914), and Jeremy Irons as Trinity Fellow G H Hardy (1896). Read more and see the trailer: https://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/news/the-man-who-knew-infinity/.

Professor Béla Bollobás FRS (1963) discusses the life of Srinivasa Ramanujan (1914) and the influence of his tutor G H Hardy (1896). Read: http://bit.ly/1SC0fKy.

Professor Philip Stenning (1965) has published ‘Governing the Police: Experiences in Six Democracies’.

Review of the 8th Ludwig Boltzmann Forum, Tokyo, organised by Dr Gerhard Fasol (1978). Read: http://www.eurotechnology.com/events/ludwig-boltzmann-forum/2016-2/.

Thank you to John Gowland (1964) in South Africa for sending in this print of Trinity c1747. View: http://bit.ly/1NCsbku.

Richard Askwith (1977) has written a biography of Emil Zátopek, the man often described as the greatest distance runner of all time. ‘Today We Die a Little: the Rise and Fall of Emil Zátopek, Olympic Legend’.

18th-century forger W H Ireland and his Shakespeare play, rediscovered after 200 years at Trinity College.  Read: https://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/news/enter-stage-left-18th-century-forger-w-h-ireland-and-his-shakespeare-play-rediscovered-after-200-years/.

Revd Dr Jessica Martin (e1999) has been appointed as the new residentiary canon at Ely Cathedral. Read: http://bit.ly/1Q49OPI.

Nicky Hansell (1981) has published ‘The Sage Train’.

‘Artificial Intelligence & Music as a Communications Medium’, a TEDx Talk by Dr Sean Holden (e2002). View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrU2bClkYQ8.

Eugenio Polgovsky (e2015), Fellow Commoner in the Creative Arts at Trinity, has created a video artwork inspired by the physicist James Clerk Maxwell, as part of a special initiative to celebrate the opening of the Maxwell Centre. Read: https://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/news/new-video-art-by-trinitys-eugenio-polgovsky/.

Only 9% of physics professors in the UK are women. One of those is Professor Valerie Gibson (e1994), a Fellow at Trinity, and Head of the High Energy Physics Research Group at the Cavendish Laboratory. Read: http://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/news/championing-women-science.

Tributes have been paid to the Regius Professor of Engineering at Cambridge, Honorary Fellow of Trinity and Fellow of Darwin College, Professor Sir David MacKay FRS (1985), who died on 14 April 2016. Read: http://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/news/-inspiration-all-those-who-knew-him-professor-sir-david-mackay-frs.

Trinity’s Senior Tutor and Professor of European Union Law and Employment Law at Cambridge, Catherine Barnard (e1996), reflects on engaging with the media and the public on the contentious issues raised by the EU membership debate. Read: http://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/news/lets-talk-about-eu.

On 23 March, Anand Panyarachun KBE (1952), former Thai Prime Minister, gave a widely reported lecture to the Foreign Correspondents Club in Bangkok entitled ‘Democratic Governance: striving for Thailand’s new normal’, which applied to Thailand many of the global thoughts on Sustainable Democracy, which appeared in his 2007 lecture in the Amartya Sen Lecture series, reported in The Fountain at the time. Read: http://bit.ly/1TyyggW

More treasures digitised have been digitised at the Wren Library and are now available for you to view: https://trinitycollegelibrarycambridge.wordpress.com/2016/04/25/recent-additions-to-the-wren-digital-library/.

Dr Joe Moshenska (e2010) has written ‘A Stain in the Blood: The Remarkable Voyage of Sir Kenelm Digby’.

Coverage of a project led by Dr Amy Ludlow (2005) and Ruth Armstrong in which Cambridge students and prisoners at HMP Grendon studied together in equal partnership. Read: http://bit.ly/1TxZCE6.

Exhibition ‘Into boundless space I leap: New Art, Dance & Science Interacting at the Maxwell Centre’ opened on 9 April. For more information, please visit: www.kettlesyard.co.uk/maxwell.