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Prof. Jon Agar - Royal Society Prize Lecture

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Jon Agar presents his Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Prize Lecture

On Tuesday 4th April, Prof. Jon Agar gave his Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar prize lecture at the Royal Society, on 'The curious history of curiosity-driven research'.

Professor Agar was awarded the 2016 Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar Medal in recognition of his work as a leading figure in the history and philosophy of science. Created in 2005 by the merger of the three previously existing medals, the Wilkins-Bernal-Medawar medal had previously been awarded to such luminaries as Lord Melvyn Bragg, Professor Hasok Chang, and Dr Jeremy Butterfield.

Salon for the City: London's Natural Histories - Simon Werrett / Martin Rowson

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On Thursday March 30th the Westminster Library “Salon for the City” hosted by Stephen Coates enjoyed a sold-out salon on “London’s Natural Histories” with UCL’s Simon Werrett and the Guardian’s Martin Rowson. Werrett’s talk, “Crawling King Caterpillar: Portraying Joseph Banks in the Eighteenth Century” discussed the impact of portraits and satirical caricatures of Banks that circulated during his lifetime. Next up was Guardian cartoonist Martin Rowson who spoke about the history of London Zoo and the value of zoos for London life. Discussion then followed, lubricated by gin, on subjects ranging from pygmy hippo poo to the value of thrift in science and what animals would be good for caricaturing politicians today.

Post-talk tweets were very positive:

@phoebeceehaitch wrote “Brilliant talks from @simon_werrett & @MartinRowson for #SalonForTheCity Natural Histories at Westminster Arts Ref Lib. Wonderful!”

@SuzyHaller wrote “Had no idea Westminster Reference Library hosts amazing talks. Definitely recommend. Great ones this eve from @simon_werrett & @MartinRowson”

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