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Annual lectures in memory of Professor Roy Porter established

4 March 2003

The first annual memorial lecture in remembrance of world renowned UCL historian Professor Roy Porter (Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine) takes place on 26 March 2003.

Professor Roy Porter

Already oversubscribed, the popularity of the event pays testament to Professor Porter, who was tremendously well liked and respected by the UCL community and in international academic circles. The lecture, Love and Madness in the 18th Century, will be given by Professor John Brewer (California, USA), a close friend and colleague of Professor Porter.

The subject of the lecture was one close to Professor Porter's heart, as he had written a number of books on the history of madness, including Madness: A Short History and Mind Forg'd Manacles: Madness and Psychiatry in England from Restoration to Regency.

A prolific author and historian, he produced more than 200 books on a plethora of subjects before his death in 2002, including histories of geology, madness and psychiatry, and a social history of London. His major publication, The Enlightenment, received international acclaim.

Professor Harold Cook, Director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine, stated: "Roy commanded several fields. The posthumous publication of his 'Madness: A Brief History', has been reviewed widely and appreciatively. All who knew him will remember his huge love of life and enormous energy. Plentiful jewellery and stubble of a beard, and frank but generous criticism."

To find out more about Professor Porter or the centre use the links below.

Professor Roy Porter Memorial
Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine