Dominic Lieven on researching pre-1914 Russia and winning the Pushkin House Prize It nearly ruined his eyesight but Professor Dominic Lieven was determined to complete his research in Moscow’s crumbling archives. His efforts were rewarded with the 2016 Pushkin House Russian Book Prize for Towards the Flame. Empire, War and the end of Tsarist Russia (Penguin).
More than 60 people viewed Mercury’s transit across the sun from Trinity’s Great Court on 9 May including the Master, Sir Gregory Winter, the Astronomer Royal, Lord Rees, a host of College staff and students, and members of the public.
Visitors to Great Court are often surprised by its splendour and size. On 9 May 2016 there will be an added attraction. Tourists and students alike should be able to see the transit of Mercury across the sun (if the sun shines).
'It was like staring at someone through a kaleidoscope, fractured into small glittering pieces...'