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University of Cambridge

Owen Saxton Lectureship in Physics

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  • Owen is a truly inspiring person and the College is fundraising for a Lectureship in Physics in his honour to mark his achievements, plus give thanks for his many contributions to the College and to the lives of so many students. I would be delighted if you would consider supporting this and making a gift towards it.

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    Dr Owen Saxton meeting an alumna's child at the Donor Garden Party 2016
    Dr Owen Saxton meeting an alumna's child at the Donor Garden Party 2016

    Dr Owen Saxton retired in September 2016, after 40 years at New Hall/Murray Edwards and we are fundraising for a new Lectureship in Physics in his honour.

    We only need to raise £180,000 in order to fully fund the post for the next two years. We already have an agreement with the Department of Physics that they will then fund the post thereafter.

    The new Lectureship in Physics is a fitting way to ensure that Owen’s contribution to teaching physics and the College is honoured for future generations.

    You can contribute to the Owen Saxton Lectureship in Physics by giving in a variety of ways. Donate securely online using your credit or debit card, or send a cheque in the post with a donation form.

    Dr Owen Saxton’s career

    Dr Saxton taught Physics at our College since 1975, became a Fellow in 1983 and has been Director of Studies since 1990. He has also been the College’s Admissions Tutor, Senior Tutor, and Praelector. Owen won the 1996 Ernst Ruska Prize, awarded every four years for the greatest contribution to electron microscopy in Europe.

    Women in Physics at Cambridge

    Unfortunately, only 15% of Physics students at Cambridge are women. Our Physics alumnae include Jocelyn Bell Burnell (discoverer of pulsars), Julia King (Vice Chancellor of Aston University) and Katherine Blundell (Professor of Astrophysics at University of Oxford).

    We hope that the new lectureship will inspire the next generation of women to study physics and beyond.

    Support a new Lectureship in Physics

    Help us ensure a legacy of Dr Owen Saxton’s commitment to the College by giving to the Lectureship in Physics.

    If you have any questions, or need any further information, please contact: alumnae@murrayedwards.cam.ac.uk