Thursday, 25 November 2010 at 10:00AM
Wadham College, Oxford

Early Science: An Historical Perspective

Presented by Professor Michael Cooper

A Symposium to mark the 350th anniversary of The Royal Society, examining the early days of Wadham College, Gresham College and The Royal Society, together with the life and work of some of the founders of The Royal Society.

Conference speakers
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Michael Cooper was Professor of Engineering Surveying at City University, London, from 1975. He was the author of two books on Hooke and London. He passed away in 2012.

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Director of the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford.

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Lisa Jardine CBE is Centenary Professor of Renaissance Studies at Queen Mary, University of London. She has been Head of the School of English and Drama, and Dean of Arts, and is now Director of the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters at Queen Mary. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and an Honorary Fellow of King's College, Cambridge and Jesus College, Cambridge. She is an honorary Doctor of Letters at the University of St Andrews, and holds an honorary doctorate at Sheffield Hallam University. She is a Trustee of the V&A Museum and Chair of the Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood Board of Trustees, a member of the Councils of the AHRC and of the Royal Institution, and sits on the Michael Faraday Prize Committee and Library Committee of the Royal Society. She is also a Trustee of the Sir Joseph Banks Archive Project, and patron of the National Council on Archives.

For the academic year 2007-08 she will be seconded to the Royal Society as Advisor to its Collection. In 2008-09 she will take up a Distinguished Visitor Fellowship at The Hague, awarded jointly by the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, National Library of the Netherlands (KB) and the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS).

Professor Jardine writes and reviews for all the major UK national newspapers and magazines and for the Washington Post, and has presented and appears regularly on arts, history, and current affairs programmes for television and radio. She is a regular writer and presenter of ‘A Point of View’ on Sunday mornings on BBC Radio 4. She judged the 1996 Whitbread Prize, the 1999 Guardian First Book Award, the 2000 Orwell Prize, and was Chair of Judges for the 1997 Orange Prize and the 2002 Man Booker Prize.

She has published over fifty scholarly articles in refereed journals, and seventeen full-length books, both for an academic and for a general readership. She is the author of a number of best-selling general books including Worldly Goods: A New History of the Renaissance, Ingenious Pursuits: Building the Scientific Revolution, and biographies of Sir Christopher Wren and Robert Hooke. Her latest book, on Anglo-Dutch reciprocal influence in the seventeenth century, entitled Going Dutch: How England Plundered Holland's Glory, will be published by HarperCollins in the UK and US, and by Arbeiderspers in the Netherlands, in March 2008.

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Professor David Owen Norris was the Gresham Professor of Music between 1993 and 1997.

As of the start of 2011, Professor Norris' associations included being an Honorary Fellow of Keble College, Oxford, Professor of Musical Performance at the University of Southampton, Visiting Professor of Fortepiano at the Royal College of Music, Educational Fellow of the Worshipful Company of Musicians, and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music and of the Royal College of Organists. He is the Director of Music at Poole Parish Church. He was Organ Scholar at Keble, and left Oxford with a First and a Composition Scholarship to study in London and Paris. He was a Repetiteur at the Royal Opera House, and Harpist at the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has been Artistic Director of the Cardiff International Festival and the Petworth Festival, and Chairman of the Steans Institute for Singers at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago.

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Michael Hunter is a professor of history at Birkbeck College, University of London. He has conducted extensive research on the history of Britain’s Royal Society as an institution, and among his many writings are Boyle: Between God and Science (2009) and The Royal Society and Its Fellows, 1660–1700: The Morphology of an Early Scientific Institution (enlarged ed., 1994; originally published 1982).

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Allan Chapman is a British historian of science. Chapman has been based at Oxford University for most of his career, as a member of the Faculty of History, based at Wadham College. He is an accomplished lecturer and public speaker (including as visiting professor at Gresham College in London). In January 1994, he delivered the Royal Society history of science Wilkins Lecture, on the subject of Edmund Halley.

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Professor Robin Wilson is Emeritus Gresham Professor of Geometry, a professor in the Department of Mathematics at the Open University, and a Stipendiary Lecturer at Pembroke College, Oxford. Professor Wilson also regularly teaches as a guest Professor at Colorado College.

Professor Wilson's academic interests lie in graph theory, particularly in colouring problems, e.g. the four colour problem, and algebraic properties of graphs. He also researches the history of mathematics, particularly British mathematics and mathematics in the 17th century and the period 1860 to 1940 and the history of graph theory and combinatorics.

Outside of the strict mathematical canon, Professor Wilson is particularly interested in the musical output of Gilbert and Sullivan - an interest that has given rise to publications and two Gresham College lectures: 'The Other Side of Sullivan' and 'A Sing-In with Gilbert and Sullivan'.

Prior to his appointment as Gresham Professor of Geometry in 2004, he was the Visiting Professor in the History of Mathematics. Upon his appointment to the Geometry chair, Professor Wilson said: "Mathematics is, and has always been a central part of human culture, and I do not believe that one can fully understand the subject if it is separated from its historical roots. My proposed lectures are designed to support this conviction."

All of Professor Wilson's past lectures can be accessed here.

Current Gresham Professor of History of mathematics

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An honorary life fellow of Gresham College, Professor Tim Connell is an Emeritus Foundation professor at City, University of London, where he set up a full range of language activities over a period of nineteen years. He was a longstanding member of Senate and also chaired the Joint Negotiating Committee between management and unions. He is a graduate of Oxford, Liverpool and London universities, and has studied in Spain and Mexico. He also holds the degree of Doctor of Letters from City, University of London.

His particular interest is in the field of professional training for translators and interpreters, where he works closely with the Chartered Institute of Linguists, of which he has recently been appointed an Honorary Life Fellow in recognition of his seventeen years as Vice-President and eleven years as Chair of the Educational Trust over a thirty-year period of service. Tim is a regular contributor to the professional journal The Linguist and is also a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Languages Group, which he addresses with some regularity. He is a Visiting Professor at Richmond International University, developing links with links with China in particular.

International education is another area of key concern. Tim is deputy chair of the international course board for ESCP, (the French grande école based in Paris) which also covers London, Berlin, Madrid and Turin. He has had professional links with Latin America for many years, which has provided ample material for his classes on cultural communication and awareness.

He writes and broadcasts regularly on a wide range of themes relating to London, languages in the modern world and diverse cultural topics. In the past three years he has published chapters on livery companies in the City of London; Languages and Brexit;  and he was the lead writer in 2018 for Get Smart About Scandals, a report on past lessons for future finance. He has also revised the history of Canning House, home to the Luso-Hispanic Brazilian Society, with which he has had an association for nearly forty years. 

Tim has developed particular links in the Square Mile as a Freeman of the City of London and sits on the Court of the Stationers' Company where he Chair of Public Access Committee, which supports the Hall charity.

As a Fellow of Gresham College he sits on the Academic Board and has organised cycles of lectures in the Mondays at One series for 24 years, looking at topics of mainly current interest and speaks on a variety of subjects himself.  He has devised half-day symposia on a wide range of themes with an invited panel of experts and is currently looking at the development of webinars. Since 2006 he has been Chairman of the Gresham Society, which supports Gresham College.

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Conference lectures
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Part One: Welcome and Introduction

Professor Tim Connell
Thursday, 25 November 2010 - 10:00AM
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Part Two: The Early Days of Gresham College

Professor Robin Wilson
Thursday, 25 November 2010 - 10:30AM
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Part Three: Wadham College

Professor Allan Chapman
Thursday, 25 November 2010 - 11:00AM
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Part Four: The Setting up of The Royal Society

Professor Michael Hunter
Thursday, 25 November 2010 - 11:30AM
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Part Five: Music from the Samuel Pepys Collection

Professor David Owen Norris
Thursday, 25 November 2010 - 12:00PM
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Part Six: Being Economical With The Truth

Professor Michael Cooper
Thursday, 25 November 2010 - 12:30PM
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Part Seven: Wadham and Wren

Lisa Jardine
Thursday, 25 November 2010 - 2:00PM
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Part Eight: Early Mathematical Instruments

Professor Jim Bennett
Thursday, 25 November 2010 - 2:30PM