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Hinsley Memorial Lecturers

This annual lecture takes place in memory of Sir Francis Harry Hinsley (1918-1998), a former student and later Master of the College (1979-1989) and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge (1981-1983). Harry Hinsley worked as a cryptanalyst at Bletchley Park during the Second World War and was a leading figure in the history of international relations. St John's College hosts the Hinsley Memorial Lecture on an international relations topic every year, usually in November, and all members of the University are warmly invited to attend.

  • 2015 - General Sir Mike Jackson, General Reflections: a look at UK defence in an era of Middle East turmoil, an adventurist Russia and a burgeoning refugee crisis in Europe
  • 2014 - Professor Timothy Garton Ash, “Internetional Relations”: The Struggle for Power Over the Internet in a Post-American World
  • 2013 - Professor Stephen Walt, Follies and Fiascos: Why US Foreign Policy Keeps Failing
  • 2012 - Dr Fraser Cameron, Power and the Pursuit of Peace – An EU Dream or Illusion?
  • 2011 - Sir Bryan Cartledge, The death of diplomacy?
  • 2010 - The Rt Hon The Lord David Trimble, Lessons from Northern Ireland
  • 2009 - Professor Ian Clark, Can there be a single great power?
  • 2008 - Professor Paul Kennedy, Allied Intelligence and the “Front End” of War, 1939-1945
  • 2007 - Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman, Intelligence failure and the logic of conflict
  • 2005 - Professor Peter Hennessy, The last customer: British intelligence and the British historian
  • 2003 - Sir Stephen Lander, International intelligence co-operation: a modern perspective
  • 2002 - Dr Daniel Yergin, The age of globality
  • 2001 - Lord Healey, The new world disorder
  • 2000 - Professor Adam Roberts, The so-called right of humanitarian intervention
  • 1999 - Lord Hurd, The claims of justice in the making of foreign policy

Linacre Lectures

The annual Linacre Lecture, delivered by a leading research scientist in the general field of medicine, was established by a benefaction from Thomas Linacre (c. 1460 - 1524). The lectures are open to all members of the University and are usually held in April or May. A list of lectures since 1991 can be found below.

  • 2015 - Professor Sharon Peacock, Antimicrobial Resistance in the Genomic Era
  • 2014 - Professor Dr Franz-Ulrich Hartl, Molecular Chaperones - Guardians of the Proteome
  • 2013 - Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Improving the Health of the World
  • 2012 - Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys, Genetic Fingerprinting and the Turbulent Genome
  • 2011 - Professor Chris Dobson, New Approaches to Understanding and Preventing Neurodegenerative Diseases
  • 2010 - Dr Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, How the Ribosome Decodes the Genetic Message
  • 2009 - Professor Jean-Marie Lehn, A Journey in the World of Molecules
  • 2008 - Professor Herman Waldmann, Policing the Immune System
  • 2007 - Professor Roger Pedersen, Understanding Stemness
  • 2006 - Professor Frances Ashcroft, Unravelling Diabetes: from Molecule to Malady
  • 2005 - Professor David Barker, The growth of children who develop coronary heart disease in later life
  • 2004 - Professor Stephen O’Rahilly, Obesity and the hard-wiring of human appetite
  • 2003 - Professor Edwin Southern, DNA, Darwin and Disease
  • 2002 - Sir David Lane, Discovering New Therapies for Cancer
  • 2001 - Professor Kay Davies, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Past, Present and Future
  • 2000 - Professor Salvador Moncada, Nitric Oxide: from atmospheric pollutant to universal biological mediator
  • 1999 - Professor Wyllie, Apotopsis: Cell Death in Living Tissues
  • 1998 - Professor Colin Blakemore, Development of the Cerebral Cortex: A Recipe for Medical Disaster
  • 1997 - Professor Sir John Gurdon, Redirection of Cell Fate, and Prospects for Cell Replacement: from Clones to Signals
  • 1996 - Professor Baruch Blumberg, Medical Research in the Next Millennium
  • 1995 - Dame Anne McLaren, Social Equity
  • 1994 - Professor George Radda, A Biochemist’s View of Human Disease through Magnetism
  • 1993 - Professor Sir Roy Calne, The Present State and Future Prospects of Organ Transplantation
  • 1992 - Sir Donald Acheson, A Pale House in Whitehall
  • 1991 - Dr Sydney Brenner, Simple Thoughts on Complex Genomes