Alumni are invited to join us for a very special event with Dr Hugh Hunt (e1990), Keeper of the Clock, providing a unique behind-the-scenes tour of King Edward’s Gate and the Trinity College clock.
The College clock is housed in one of the oldest buildings in Trinity: King Edward’s Gate, otherwise known simply as the clock-tower. This gate originally formed a grand entrance to King’s Hall, a foundation which was dissolved in 1546 and joined with Michaelhouse to found the new College of the Holy and Undivided Trinity. As part of the building works initiated under the Mastership of Thomas Nevile, this gate was taken down stone-by-stone and rebuilt 100 feet or so north of its original location, thereby helping to create Great Court on its current expansive scale.
Dr Hugh Hunt Reader in Engineering Dynamics and Vibration in the University of Cambridge, is a Fellow of Trinity College. His principal interests are in dynamics and vibration, gyroscopes and boomerangs. His most recent research is in the fields of renewable energy and geoengineering, including the SPICE project – technology for cooling the Earth by 2 degrees C if CO2 emissions targets are not met. Other research includes the control of vibration from underground railway, bells and clocks and wind turbines. Dr Hunt does television work and was Lead Engineer in award-winning documentaries (“Dambusters: building the bouncing bomb”, “Digging the Great Escape”, “Escape from Colditz” and “Attack of the “Zeppelins”) which have been broadcast around the world. He took his first degree in Engineering from Melbourne University, Australia and has a PhD from the University of Cambridge. He has accumulated an impressive collection of boomerangs, many of the home-made. He uses these to inspire students in the study of Dynamics and Mechanics.