Thanks to Dr Arpita Pandya (1994), Vice-President of the Italian Linacre Society, the 19th annual Italian Linacre Lecture was held in Modena on Saturday 22nd September. Professor Matt Gibney gave the lecture ‘The Ethics of Human Smuggling’, the Italian Linacre Society AGM took place, and fascinating “extras” were arranged – Maserati visit; Balsamic vinegar tasting; Ducal Palace Military Academy tour; group meals.
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On 28 July, in their age/bodyweight categories, Linacre Ladies that Lift from five Colleges took four golds, two silvers and a bronze for their totals in the three-lift National Full Power Championships of the British Drug Free Powerlifting Association. These seven women have qualified for the World Drug Free Powerlifting Federation Full Power Championships in Glasgow in early November. Two other Linacre Ladies posted good lifts for the three elements of the event (squat, bench press and deadlift), and performed well in a competitive field.
Sir David Smith, eminent botanist and former President of Wolfson College, passed away on 29 June 2018.
Emeritus Fellow Dr Viktor Thaller (Organic Chemistry) died on the 20th June 2018.
Congratulations to Professor Franco Gianturco (1965) for being awarded an honorary doctorate in Natural Sciences by the University of Innsbruck.
Linacre Fellow Professor Rob Iliffe was appointed Chair of the History of Science in 2016, but thanks to a large endowment by an anonymous benefactor, the chair has now been secured in perpetuity. This is one of two chairs that has been generously supported to bridge the gap between the Arts and Sciences. Professor Iliffe has a specialist interest in the history of early modern science and technology, and in the history of the relations between science and religion.
Two Linacre Fellows exhibited at this year's BA Summer Showcase. The event attracted over 1,800 visitors and is the first three day Summer Showcase the British Academy have run. The displays were selected by the BA themselves as a reflection of the variety of research that they fund.
Congratulations to Linacre Honorary Fellow Professor Christopher Dobson for being honored with a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Professor Dobson is Master of St John's College, Cambridge and received this honour for his groundbreaking Alzheimer's research.