October Newsletter 2019

Professor Dame Sally Davies DBE, FRS was installed as 39th Master of Trinity on Tuesday 8 October. You can share the special occasion by watching the film of highlights from the day, including the Chapel ceremony, which is now available on YouTube. Watch.

Professor Didier Queloz (e2013) has been jointly awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics, with Professor James Peebles and Professor Michael Mayor, for pioneering advances in physical cosmology, and the discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star. Professor Queloz is Trinity’s 34th Nobel Laureate and the 13th in the field of Physics. Read.

Congratulations to George Mears (2019) who triumphed in this year’s Great Court Run, beating the Clock in an astonishing 48.12 seconds. Read.

The Fountain issue 28 is now available online. Writer Keith Mansfield (1984) guides us on our next giant leap from the Moon to the stars, Dr Alyce Mahon (e2000) explores how Surrealist Dorothea Tanning took art into challenging new domains, Junior Bursar Edward Knapp (e2018) showcases the new Trinity building on Round Church Street that will provide a home for graduate students from 2021, and we put our cryptic crossword setter Tim King (1980) under the spotlight. Read.

Don’t miss our Entrepreneurs’ Evening at the Bradfield Centre on Tuesday 19 November, hosted by the Trinity Business & City Association. Cambridge is one of the biggest and most successful markets in Europe for entrepreneurs and venture capital investors so if you’re an aspiring entrepreneur with a groundbreaking idea, or an experienced innovator with expertise to share, join us for an evening exploring the entrepreneurial and investment activities and opportunities in the region.

Our expert panel of speakers includes Ian Tomlinson (1987), Chair of Apollo Therapeutics, Tom Macura (2004), Chief Operating Officer at WiseAlpha, and Graham Schwikkard, Chief Executive Officer at SyndicateRoom. They will all share their journeys, strategies for success, and possible pitfalls to look out for, and the discussion will be followed by networking drinks and canapés. Book.

PhD student Parwana Fayaz (2016) is the winner of the 2019 Forward Prize for the best single poem, for her work ‘Forty Names,’ which portrays the collective experience of struggle and sacrifice of forty women who jump off a cliff to preserve their honour.  You can read about Parwana’s research interests and the inspiration behind her writing on the website. Read.

Prize-winning author Guy Gunaratne has joined the College as the 26th Visiting Fellow Commoner in the Creative Arts. In May 2018 he was awarded the International Dylan Thomas Prize for his debut novel In Our Mad and Furious City. Read about his hopes and plans for his time at Trinity on the website.

‘I hope that it will inspire our current members that regardless of your background, regardless of where you had your start in life, the possibilities are endless.’ President of the University’s African Caribbean Society Wanipa Ndhlovu (2018) discusses the Society’s Motherland Conference on the theme of ‘Heritage’ held on Saturday 19 October, with familiar faces from music, theatre, the media, business and the public sector. Read.

If England’s barnstorming performance in the Rugby World Cup 2019 has whetted your appetite, don’t miss the Rugby Union Varsity Match on Thursday 12 December 2019 at Twickenham when the Men’s and Women’s teams from both Oxford and Cambridge will be going head to head. Book.


Raymond Leppard CBE (1948), composer, conductor and Trinity Fellow (1957-1967), sadly passed away on 22 October 2019. Read.

Dr Antti Matikkala, FRHistS, FSA (2004), of Helsinki, passed away unexpectedly on 9 January 2019. Dr Ambrogio Caiani of the University of Kent asked us to share the following invitation to Dr Matikkala’s memorial service on Sunday 12 January at Trinity with alumni.

‘Antti was a very fine scholar of early modern England and Europe, not to mention an incorrigible anglophile and wonderful human being. His friends are organising a memorial service in Trinity College Chapel, to celebrate his scholarship and life, which will take place on the afternoon of Sunday 12 January 2020, from 2.30pm. Professor John Morrill, FBA and Mr Wilhelm Brummer will be speaking to remember and honour our friend who passed away far too young, and refreshments will be provided in the Allhusen Room after the service where we can continue to remember Antti. I would be grateful if you could put the date in your diaries and if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kindest wishes,

Dr Ambrogio A. Caiani, FHEA, FRHistS, FSA, Senior Lecturer Modern European History, University of Kent.


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  • Cambridge: Remembrance Sunday Service, Sunday 10 November. Register online.
  • Cambridge: Entrepreneurs’ Evening at the Bradfield Centre, Tuesday 19 November. Register online.
  • London: Sir Antony Gormley at the Royal Academy, Tuesday 26 November.
  • Tokyo: Trinity in Japan, The View from the Bench. With His Honour Judge Witold Pawlak (1966), Thursday 28 November. Register online.
  • London: Alumni Carol Service, Monday 2 December. Register online.
  • Twickenham: Varsity Rugby Match, Thursday 12 December. Register online.
  • Cambridge: Medics’ Association Dinner, Saturday 28 March 2020. SAVE THE DATE.
  • Newmarket: Trinity Golf Day, Thursday 25 June 2020. SAVE THE DATE.
  • Cambridge: Trinity Family Day, Sunday 5 July 2020. SAVE THE DATE.

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