HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh
It is with the greatest sadness that the College has learned of the death of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh.
In addition to his many services to the country - as the Consort for seventy-three years of Her Majesty the Queen, as a decorated naval officer and as the dedicated patron of numerous organizations – he will particularly be remembered in Cambridge for his thirty-five years as Chancellor of the University, an office to which he brought great energy and distinction, as well as the keenest interest in everything and everyone.
As Chancellor, His Royal Highness was instrumental in the establishment of the Prince Philip scholarships for students from Hong Kong. Over the years, Magdalene has benefitted from the presence of many of these scholars, several of whom have gone on to careers of great distinction.
A full tribute appears on the website of the University at the link below.
On behalf of the College, I offer our deepest sympathy to Her Majesty and all of the members of the Royal Family.
Years of Study
Behind the scenes with the Magdalene University Challenge Team
Congratulations to the team on reaching the grand final! We caught up with team captain Daniel (digitally of course due to covid restrictions) to ask him how it all started, how it is going, and to find out all about their team experience so far.
Library discovery reveals a science student way ahead of her time
Magdalene College Cambridge has uncovered a treasure trove of women’s intellectual history. The astonishing collection comprises 47 books and pamphlets owned and annotated by the philosopher Mary Astell (1666–1731), viewed by many as “the first English feminist”. Her hand-written notes reveal, for the first time, that Astell engaged with complex natural philosophy including the ideas of René Descartes.
Professor Sarah Springman CBE FREng (1988) named as new Principal of St Hilda’s College Oxford
St Hilda’s College Oxford have announced the election of Magdalene Member, Professor Sarah Springman CBE FREng (1988), as the College’s next Principal. Professor Springman is an Honorary Fellow at Magdalene and an alumna of the University of Cambridge. The College offers its warmest congratulations to Professor Springman on her new position at St Hilda’s.
Dr Adrian Baez-Ortega: The Cancers Which Survived - Transmissible Cancers in Natural Populations
Cancer is normally confined to the body wherein it arises, thus being an ultimately self-destructive disease. Transmissible cancers are a striking exception to this rule. This talk will explore the biology and natural histories of transmissible cancers, and will discuss the relevance of these diseases to our understanding of tumour evolution.
Mary Astell: The first English feminist
Join Dr Jane Hughes, President and Pepys Librarian; Catherine Sutherland, Deputy Librarian; and Dr Teresa Bejan, Associate Professor of Political Theory at the University of Oxford; as they discuss Magdalene Library's recent discovery of 47 books and pamphlets owned and annotated by the philosopher Mary Astell (1666–1731).
Professor James Raven RBA - Sea Monsters and Fake News: What history teaches us about truth and media
Join Professor James Raven as he introduces new research in the history of books and shares his current historical work in progress - a ‘book biography’ that examines the global travels and influence of a now-forgotten eighteenth-century best-seller. It is a story of an intellectual Scandinavian bishop, determined to explore, explain and write about the natural world, but, persuaded by the truth of sightings and myths about sea monsters and mermaids, became embroiled in debates about fakery that consumed readers and influenced writers around the world. Current parallels might be entertained....