Home » Academic life

College news

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.
Professor Zoubin Ghahramani, Professor of Information Engineering and a Fellow of St John’s College, has been elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society.Professor Ghahramani is a researcher specialising in several fields, with interests that include machine learning, artificial intelligence, statistics, information retrieval, bioinformatics, and computational motor control. As Professor of Information Engineering, he leads a group of about 30 researchers.
Jarret Huang
Student Jarret Huang has received multiple prizes over the course of his studies at St John’s.Jarret Huang, a student at St John’s who has just received a starred First in the final year of his Law degree, has also graduated with a collection of prizes won during his degree course, reflecting a number of excellent academic performances during his undergraduate studies.
Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta, who last year co-authored an appeal to the Pope for moral leadership on climate change, has backed his recent encyclical and stressed that humanity’s attitude towards the natural world needs to undergo a fundamental moral shift.
Arya Thampi has been awarded a Dr Manmohan Singh Scholarship for 2015, enabling her to pursue doctoral studies at St John’s College.Arya Thampi, from Kerala, India, has won a Dr Manmohan Singh Scholarship, giving her the opportunity to study for her PhD in Physics at St John’s College from September.
The Master with the Larmor Award winners 2015
Four brilliant graduating students who both excelled academically and contributed to the life of the College while at St John's, have been honoured with this year's Larmor Awards. Each year at St John’s, students who excel academically and contribute to the life of the College, can be nominated for the prestigious Larmor Awards, which are presented on the morning of General Admission, or “Degree Day”.