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A new study of the nature and making of one of the first world histories – Guillaume Thomas Raynal’s Histoire des deux Indes – has been published, featuring contributions by numerous leading scholars of historical thought including College Fellow Sylvana Tomaselli.
Professor David Clines
Johnian Professor David Clines, Emeritus Professor of Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield, has been awarded the Burkitt Medal for Biblical Studies by the British Academy.
Dr Samuel Cohen
“Alzheimer’s is not normal ageing and we can cure it.” A recent talk given by St John’s Research Fellow Dr Samuel Cohen about his work on Alzheimer’s has been featured on the TED homepage.
Professor David White; image courtesy of the University of Western Australia
Johnian Professor David White has been elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering.Professor DavidWhite, formerly a Fellow of St John’s College, was one of 50 new Fellows elected to the Academy in recognition of his outstanding contribution to engineering.  The Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering represents the most innovative and creative minds in research institutions and engineering companies, and Professor White joins around 1500 other members of the Academy.
Professor John Emerton, by John Edwards (1998).
The Revd Professor John Emerton FBA, Emeritus Regius Professor of Hebrew at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of St John’s College, has died at the age of 87.
Dr Reginald Prince
Dr Reginald Prince, Fellow in Chemistry at St John’s since 1960, has died at the age of 88.Born in Newport, Monmouthshire, Dr Prince was awarded a BSc and a PhD from University College London, and he came to Cambridge in 1956 to further pursue his academic career at Sidney Sussex College. He was elected into the Fellowship at St John’s in 1960, also holding the positions of Director of Studies in Chemistry until 1986 and Lecturer until 1988.
Seven St John’s students have been awarded prestigious prizes, scholarships and Fellowships by various academic institutions during June and July for their outstanding work and achievements.James Devine-Stoneman, 3rd year Natural Sciences undergraduate, received the Part II Armourers and Brasiers' Prize.Joan Redmond, 3rd year History gradaute, was awarded the Scouloudi Fellowship, Institute of Historical Research, London.3rd year Manufacturing Engineering undergraduate Martha Geiger won the MET IIA Major Project Prize.
Dr Máire Ní Mhaonaigh, Dr Tuomas Knowles and Dr Mete Atatüre
Three Senior Academics at St John’s College have been awarded Professorships. Máire Ní Mhaonaigh, Tuomas Knowles, and Mete Atatüre have been appointed Professors, with effect from 1 October 2015.
The British Academy. Image from the University of Cambridge.
Four Johnians, including one Honorary Fellow of the College, have been elected to Fellowships of the British Academy. Four members of St John’s College, including Honorary Fellow Professor Jane Stapleton, have been elected to the British Academy.
Drosophila melanogaster
Fruit flies are proving the unlikely source of a new initiative to help improve postgraduate research opportunities in Africa, with the support of Cambridge academics.Drosophila melanogaster, better known as the humble fruit fly, has emerged as the unlikely basis of an attempt to help to stem a “brain drain” from African universities.