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First Roy Porter Memorial Studentship announced

27 October 2003

UCL's Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine has announced the first recipient of the three-year Roy Porter Memorial Studentship.

Professor Roy Porter

Ms Nandini Bhattarcharrya will work on the study: 'Disease, Labour and Habitation: Understanding Health and Sanitation in the Tea Plantations of Darjeeling and Duars, 1860-1980', and is being supervised by Dr Sanjoy Bhattacharya.

A prolific author and historian, Professor Porter 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.

The judging panel chose Nandini - despite fierce competition from applicants from all over the world - for her passion and commitment to her studies and the subject matter, and because Professor Porter would have approved of the selection of someone so energetic and determined.

Professor Hal Cook, the centre's director, commented: "Nandini is an exceptional young scholar whom we are proud to have join us. It is exciting that she will help us further develop our international perspective and in particular underpin the work which is being done in the centre by scholars working in the area of Asian medicine."

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Link: UCL's Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine