St John's College Alumni eNewsletter - May 2023

College and Alumni News for May 2023

May 2023

New Fellows of the Royal Society 

The College is delighted to announce that the President, Professor Dame Sue Black, Professor James Maynard (Professor of Number Theory and Supernumerary Fellow) and Professor Myles Allen (Professor of Geosystem Science and Honorary Fellow) on their election as Fellows of the Royal Society.

Commenting on the honour, Professor Dame Sue Black said:

"All new Fellows of the Royal Society will say what an honour it is to be inducted into our national academy of science and I could not agree more. I have seen the Royal Society really challenge the boundaries between science and law, making our justice system one to be admired around the world and it genuinely gives me a true sense of pride to be a very small part of that process."

Read more about the new fellows here

In Memoriam

Professor Dominic Kwiatkowski ​​

The College is sad to announce the death of Professor Dominic Kwiatkowski FRS FMedSci FRCP (1953-2023).

Professor Kwiatkowski specialised in global health and infectious disease research and was Professor of Genomics and Global Heath at the Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine.

Sir Alan Bailey KCB

The College regrets to announce the death of Sir Alan Bailey KCB BPhil (PPE, 1951), Honorary Fellow.

Sir Alan Bailey was a distiguished public servant. He was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath in 1982 and was made Knight Commander in 1986.

Professor Wilferd Madelung FBA

The College is sad to announce the death of Professor Wilferd Madelung FBA (1930-2023).

Emeritus Fellow and former Laudian Professor of Arabic (1968-1998), Professor Madelung was pre-eminent in the study of Islamic history and civilization. 

College News

Fellow awarded British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship

Many congratulations to Professor Ian Klinke, Fellow and Tutor in Geography, on the prestigious award. The Fellowship will support new research into contemporary German geopolitics. 

MIT Technology Review Innovator Under 35 Europe

Professor Robert Hoye, Tutorial Fellow in Chemistry, recently had his pioneering work on developing sustainable semiconductors recognised by MIT. 

L’Oréal–UNESCO For Women in Science UK

Congratulations to Dr Jane Coons, Supernumerary Teaching Fellow in Mathematics, on winning a L’Oréal–UNESCO for Women in Science UK and Ireland Rising Talents Award.

Grant awarded to develop next-generation optical techniques

Dr Chao He, Junior Research Fellow in Engineering Science, has been awarded a £1 million research grant to develop next-generation optical techniques for advance biomedical imaging.

Alumni News

Necessary Women: disc​ussion event

Mari Takayanagi (1992, History) is pleased to share details of her upcoming book discussion.
Date: 11 July 2023, 16:00-18:00 
Venue: Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Institute

Can you help? Alumnus visiting Brussels

Ed Love (2013, Oriental Studies) is invited to undertake a Traineeship at the European Commission from July to September. If you are based in Brussels and can offer advice or accommodation do reach out to him.

Creative Force

New Zealand Artist magazine has recently featured Jonathan Bourla's (1984, Engineering Science) fine art photography.

Illustrations of St John's​

Emma Platt (2017, English and Modern Languages) shares her illustrations of St John's that she made during her final year.  


Drinks reception for Rhodes House alumni

Thursday 29 June 2023 

Gaudy for the years 1986-1987
Friday 30 June 2023

Gaudy for the years 1990-1991
Friday 7 July 2023

Gaudy for the years 2004-2005
Friday 14 July 2023

Alumni Guest Room Bookings

Alumni can check availability, book and pay for rooms within Alumni House online, with rooms being confirmed immediately. The automated system is far more user-friendly and can be found on the Alumni Benefits page of our website.

To make a booking, you will need to enter a promotional code to identify yourself as an alumnus/a and this can be found in the monthly e-newsletter

Please click here​ to find answers to frequently asked questions, along with further details about the Alumni Guest Rooms.

We will be updating out booking system over the summer, further details on this will follow shortly.

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