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How the UK can stay at the forefront of science and technology

Fellows, Free Thought, Tradition and Innovation

Professor Venki Ramakrishnan came to the UK 18 years ago to pursue his research at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge. Elected a Fellow of Trinity in 2008, he received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on ribosomes, and was knighted in 2012. In 2015 he was elected President of the Royal Society. Here he charts a path for the UK to retain its leading role in science and technology. 

First pedal-paddled punt on the Cam

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When Trinity Fellow Dr Hugh Hunt advertised the unusual project for Part IIB of the Engineering Tripos, he didn’t expect anyone to take up the challenge – let alone pedal-paddle forth on the Cam this summer. But one engineering student, in collaboration with Trinity’s puntmen, proved him wrong. Dr Hunt explains: The idea of a pedal-powered punt was first mooted in 2014 by Trinity Fellow Professor Mike Proctor, now Provost at King’s. His initial idea was a solar-powered punt – or something very eco. After discussing over dinner one night, we decided to put it forward as a final year engineering project in 2015.