Historical geography may be defined most simply as the study of the geography of places in the past. While it would appear to be relatively easy to differentiate between the ‘past’ and the ‘present’, there is room for some debate about when the ‘present’ ends and the ‘past’ begins.
Patrick Barrie: from studying Natural Sciences, to researching spectroscopy, to teaching Chemical Engineering and, throughout, playing tiddlywinks.
Chris Burgoyne shows that Structural Engineers do much more than just building bridges.
I usually describe myself as a ‘cultural’ historian, an adjective that raised eyebrows when I joined the History Faculty in Cambridge in 1979, but became normal and even fashionable by the 1990s.
John Harvey MA Litt D is a Life Fellow and was Vice-Master from 2004 to 2006.
Alex Jeffrey, a Lecturer in Human Geography, discusses his research into conflict, state-building and the possibilities for justice in a divided world.
Jon Lawrence, a Reader in Modern British History, outlines his interest in the social and cultural history of politics in Britain from the later nineteenth century to the present.
Robert Macfarlane, Fellow and Part II Director of Studies in English, on his studies, writing, teaching and research.
I have been interested in volcanoes for well over 30 years. My research group, in the Department of Earth Sciences, studies magmatic processes. We want to answer simple questions. How is magma generated? How does it move towards the surface? Where is it stored before volcanic eruptions? What is the relationship between magmatism and environmental change?
Japan, books, prints, popular culture, unusual scripts and cats: these are the great passions of my life.
Unprecedented in the UK, Europe and the US, this yearly Graduate Summer School is a two-week intense international workshop that brings together all the skills (both linguistic and palaeographic) needed to access, decode and interpret Edo-period printed and handwritten materials.
I came to Emmanuel in 1984 to read Mathematics, and have been here in various guises ever since.
Catherine Pickstock writes about her approach to Philosophical Theology, her academic career and her published work.
Lucia Ruprecht describes her love of languages and the cultural identity they describe.
Jon Simons explores how the brain helps you keep a grip on reality.
Prof. Anthony Stone has been a member of the College since 1957, and is now retired and a Life Fellow. He was Director of Studies in Natural Sciences for many years, and was for a time a Tutor, including a period as Admissions Tutor in Science.
Since high school I have been fascinated by Particle Physics. The fact that humankind has been able to develop a profound understanding of nature at this most fundamental level is a remarkable achievement.
After graduating from Oxford in 1964, I joined the research group of Luis Alvarez at the University of California, Berkeley, where I obtained a Ph.D. in experimental particle physics in 1969.