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External Event, Lisa Jardine: Things I Never Knew about my Father

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Lisa Jardine talks about her father, the late Jacob Bronowski, who delivered his own Conway Memorial Lecture 60 years ago, on 23 March 1954.

Prof Jardine will talk about his life, and some interesting hidden facets to her humanist father that have only come to light in recent times.

Lisa Jardine CBE is Professor of Renaissance Studies at University College London and Director of the UCL Centre for Humanities Interdisciplinary Research Projects, and the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and an Honorary Fellow of King's College, Cambridge and Jesus College, Cambridge. She holds honorary doctorates of Letters from the University of St Andrews, Sheffield Hallam University and the Open University, and an honorary doctorate of Science from the University of Aberdeen. She was a Trustee of the V&A Museum for eight years, and was for five years a member of the Council of the Royal Institution in London. She is Patron of the Archives & Records Association and the Orange Prize. For the academic year[masked] she was seconded to the Royal Society in London as Expert Advisor to its Collections. From 2008 to 2014 she served as Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority – the UK government regulator for assisted reproduction. In December 2011 she was appointed a Director of The National Archives. In November 2011 she was appointed an Honorary Bencher of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple. In[masked] she will serve as President of the British Science Association, which in 2012 made her an Honorary Fellow.
Lisa Jardine has published over fifty scholarly articles in refereed journals and books, and seventeen full-length books, both for an academic and for a general readership, a number of them in co-authorship with others. She is the author of several 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 book on Anglo-Dutch reciprocal influence in the seventeenth century, entitled Going Dutch: How England Plundered Holland's Glory, published by HarperCollins UK in 2008 and HarperCollins USA in 2009 won the prestigious Cundill International Prize in History.

Chaired by: Prof Laurie Taylor

Laurie Taylor is the host of Thinking Allowed, on BBC Radio 4. A show which focuses on the latest social science research. He was formerly a Professor of Sociology at the University of York.

Laurie's career began with a short stint as a librarian, after which he became a professional actor, then an English teacher before joining the Sociology Department of the University of York, where he went on to become Professor of Sociology.

He is a consultant, writes for newspapers and magazines, contributes to television programmes and is an accomplished public speaker.

Photo credit: The Rationalist Association

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  • DAVID H.

    Amazing detailed review of MI5 papers on JB, keenly await the book.

    June 27, 2014

  • terence f.

    good talk revealing much about the author helping me understand better his works

    June 27, 2014

  • Mihai M.

    A good talk with a very interesting subject. It would have been a great pleasure to meet Mr. Bronowski in person.

    1 · June 26, 2014

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