CHIEF RABBI SACKS: HOPE, NOT OPTIMISM KING’S STROKE RESEARCH ALUMNI WEEKEND WRAP-UP POP MUSIC HISTORIES
Contents Welcome InTouch Autumn 2011
‘Stroke is a great word, like a stroke of lightning. It’s out the blue and suddenly you’ve got this disability,’ says Professor Jack Price of King’s Institute of Psychiatry. ‘It is the greatest cause of disability in the western world and the third biggest killer.’ As part of King’s Health Partners, the College is an international leader in stroke research, exploring possible treatments that could improve countless lives. King’s also provides world-leading research in another, wholly different arena: through its
Department of War Studies the College possesses globally recognised expertise in cyber warfare, a term bandied about a little too freely, according to two members of the department. This issue of InTouch also revisits Alumni Weekend, introduces you to the King’s Ukulele Society and profiles Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks, known to millions through his Thought for the Day commentaries.
what’s inside 2 The Big Picture
12 Campaign Update
20 Cyber warfare
Rower Ryan Chamberlain prepares for 2012
Lord Stanley Fink talks about philanthropy and Mary Bilton explains why she is remembering King’s in her will
Calm analysis is needed before governments start spending hundreds of millions on worthless ‘black boxes and digital wing-nuts’
16 Hope, not optimism
24 Our battle against stroke
Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks says hope is the belief that with hard work we can make things better
From rapid treatment to repairing a damaged brain, King’s Health Partners is at the forefront in stroke research
Harvey Cohen shares some of his favourite pop music histories, the Tower Wing on Guy’s Campus will soon have a new look and King’s invites you to send in some photos
A look back at Alumni Weekend, reminiscences from a couple who met at King’s and another tale of Reggie 45 Logic Puzzle
A challenge from a limerick-loving professor 46 Letters
Remembering an amazing glimpse into the future and more movie memories 48 This I’ve Learned
Actor Julian Bird talks about the career he took up at age 62
King’s Health Partners is developing fast, effective treatments for stroke
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FOCUSED ON 2012
‘It is more of a lifestyle than a sport. It’s everything.’ That’s how Ryan Chamberlain summarises his commitment to rowing. He took up the sport two years ago, shortly after losing his left leg when a drunk driver struck him while cycling in Bolivia. ‘The first rowing I ever did was in a King’s boat.’ Chamberlain, who just completed his dissertation for an MA in Science & Security, is a member of the GB Rowing Team. He brought home silver as a member of the adaptive mixed coxed four at the 2010 World
Championships. Having recovered from another operation on his leg complicated by an infection earlier this year, he is preparing for next spring’s trials, which will determine who will row at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. He trains four and a half hours per day, six days each week. ‘But it’s always in your mind, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.’ The Spring 2012 issue of In Touch will explore the many ways King’s is involved in next year’s Olympics and Paralympics.
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A historic project to celebrate
enquiry, involving partners from within and outside of the College. In line with the World questions|King’s answers fundraising campaign, which is focused on issues of global importance, this centre will provide a space where the tools of creative enquiry will provide another prism through which we can examine some of the most pressing questions of our time.
To mark the centenary of Joseph Lister’s death, King’s will co-host a three-day conference in 2012 to re-examine his life and work. Lister, Professor of Clinical Surgery at King’s from 1877-93, is widely regarded as the founder of modern surgical methods and infection control. His appointment to the College was controversial at the time, however, as he had antagonised many London surgeons with remarks on the unscientific character of surgery in the capital. At King’s he evolved the antiseptic method he had developed at the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, hailing his system of wound management as the cause of the dramatic decline in number of deaths due to surgery and hospital infections. Lister’s methods spread rapidly 4
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Learning from Lister
yet remained contentious for many years. The conference, Learning from Lister: Antisepsis, Safer Surgery and Global Heath, will explore the controversy surrounding Lister as well as his
theories, methods and legacy. The 22-24 March conference will take place across three venues: the Strand Campus, the Royal Society at Carlton Terrace and the Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons at Lincoln’s Inn Fields. The programme will consist of keynote speeches and lectures; exhibitions of Lister’s instruments, drawings and teaching aids; screenings of films about Lister; and guided walks related to Lister’s surgical practice and life in London. Breakout sessions will consider topics such as 19th and 20th century surgical craft, advances and controversy in surgical science and identification and control of hospital infections. Visit www.kcl.ac.uk/lister for more information.
You can expect to see collaborations such as our Schools of Arts & Humanities, Medicine and Nursing & Midwifery partnering to explore the power of the arts in healing, and our country-specific institutes researching how the creative economy contributes to growth in Brazil, India and China. Transforming Somerset House East Wing into a centre for engaging, thought-provoking exhibitions and lectures is another reason why we refer to Somerset House as King’s ‘new front door to the world’. It will be a focal point where the arts – very much a part of our lives – intersect with issues of global importance. I hope you share my enthusiasm for this rebirth of Somerset House East Wing. All of us should be proud and supportive of this historic renovation project. Professor Sir Richard Trainor
Exploring an emerging power A new institute at King’s has ambitious plans to become the leading university centre on contemporary India
Cities such as Mumbai are fuelling India’s dramatic growth
Wanted: your King’s photos The College invites all alumni and friends to submit photos to a competition that celebrates the people, energy and creativity that characterise King’s. The competition’s theme – ‘How is King’s part of your world?’ – is broad, so entrants can let their imagination run wild. Whether it’s enjoying a new band in Tutu’s or planting a King’s pennant on a mountaintop, this is a unique opportunity say why King’s is special. Submissions are due by 11 November. Learn more at Alumni Online (alumni.kcl.ac.uk/worldphoto). Entrants can submit up to five images by sending digital photographs in jpeg format to firstname.lastname@example.org.
King’s opens a new centre for the cultural arts, inviting the world to Somerset House
Generations of King’s students and staff have longed for the College to move into the East Wing of Somerset House. Finally, in late 2009, culminating what has been described as the longest real estate negotiation in the history of humankind, King’s signed a long-term lease on the East Wing. A few months from now, after the final coat of paint has dried and the last few pieces of furniture have been carted into this beautiful Georgian structure, we will open the doors of this renovated Grade I landmark and invite the world to come inside. The East Wing will be stunning. In addition to serving as the School of Law’s new home, the East Wing will be London’s newest cultural centre, a space that inspires creative thinking and interdisciplinary collaboration. It will be an innovative gathering place for teaching, experiment and
From the Principal
Professor Sunil Khilnani
Accounting for one-sixth of humanity and emerging as an international economic force, India is poised to become a 21st century global power. While much of the world views India as a colourful mélange of cultures and contradictions, King’s is leading the way to explore and engage with contemporary India through the creation of the College’s India Institute. Under the leadership of distinguished author and historian Professor Sunil Khilnani, the Institute has ambitious plans to become the leading university centre in promoting intellectual and practical involvement with modern-day India. Britain and Europe has lacked a focus on contemporary India, and the India Institute will address this gap. In addition to launching MA and PhD programmes on contemporary India this autumn, the Institute will foster research on India, and will be an arena for regular interaction between the scholarly and policy-making community as well as a platform for major India-related events.
King’s has a strong student and alumni base in India, with 10 per cent of its student population being Indian or of Indian origin. In recent years there has been a rapid growth in the number of Indian students studying at King’s and Indian nationals are now the sixth largest country grouping of non-UK students at King’s. During the development of the India Institute, King’s will continue to work closely with its Indian students and alumni both in the UK and India. It will build on current partnerships with institutions such as Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, whilst also creating new links with educational, government and business sectors, strengthening King’s profile and presence in India. Professor Khilnani joined King’s in July, moving from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, where under his leadership the South Asia Studies programme became an international leader in its field. ‘Given the global scale and scope of many of India’s current
challenges and opportunities – whether concerning the economy, environment, security, or social and political issues – the Institute will aim to connect Indian questions and subjects to more general academic and policy debates, and to encourage the involvement of specialists from diverse fields in the activities of the India Institute,’ says Professor Khilnani. ‘The India Institute is ideally located in the heart of London, with its unparalleled India-related resources, and historically the cultural nexus of Britain’s and the West’s connections to India.’ King’s will mark the Institute’s launch in the coming months. For more information about the Institute and its programmes, please visit www.kcl.ac.uk/ aboutkings/worldwide. The College’s India, Brazil and China Institutes are priorities of World questions|King’s answers, the university’s five-year, £500 million fundraising campaign. For more information on the campaign and ways to support it, please visit www.kcl.ac.uk/ kingsanswers. autumn 2011 IN TOUCH
Update Nightingale School taps new leader Clinical research, international collaboration and reaching out to alumni are among her priorities
Professor Helen McCutcheon
After living on the other side of the planet for 33 years, Professor Helen McCutcheon is returning to the UK to head up the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing & Midwifery. Professor McCutcheon is coming to King’s from Australia, where she has served as head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of South Australia (UniSA). Under her leadership the Adelaide-
both hospitals and community health venues. She is now looking forward to pursuing opportunities for collaboration across King’s Health Partners. ‘When researchers from different areas of health work together for the benefit of improving patient outcomes that can only be positive,’ she says. ‘For me, research undertaken by nurses and midwives needs to focus on improving care delivery
based institution has grown to be one of the largest and most respected nursing and midwifery schools in Australia. Professor McCutcheon qualified as a registered general nurse, registered midwife and neonatal paediatric nurse in Scotland. In 1978 she moved to Australia, working in a variety of positions where she provided primary healthcare, acute care and chronic illness support in
History through pop music
in order to improve patient outcomes and do so within the big picture of the health care team and not in silos. I want staff to be actively engaged in the partnership undertaking clinical research with other health care professionals at the bedside and with clinicians.’ Professor McCutcheon says she is looking forward to connecting with alumni. ‘I am keen to get to know them so we can work together to ensure the school is the top school of nursing and midwifery in the UK.’ She said she intends to apply some of the innovations implemented at Australian nursing schools in recent years, and to build on the relationships she has developed during her years leading the UniSA School of Nursing and Midwifery. ‘I’m also looking forward to the opportunities available for international collaborations and the benefits that will come from those relationships,’ she says. ‘On a personal note, I have family in the UK and my husband has family in Germany, so it will be a lot easier to visit them compared with the 22-hour journey from Adelaide.’
Only recently has academia come to appreciate popular music’s ability to illustrate and illuminate historical periods. Cultural historian Harvey G. Cohen says these five books are among the best examples of pop music history
Peter Guralnick, Back Bay, 1994 Guralnick employs solid documentation to clear away myths surrounding the groundbreaking life and career of Presley, making a convincing case for his lasting historical and musical significance. The financial dimensions of this story are compiled as never before, as well as the pernicious influence of his manager Colonel Tom Parker.
Perceiving emotions while napping
Shedding new light on lupus
Blood pressure progress
The UK’s biggest-ever study to discover the genes that cause the incurable autoimmune disease, lupus, is set to considerably advance understanding of the disease and could result in a genetic test to predict who is most likely to develop the condition. King’s researchers are using the latest advances in gene technology to analyse DNA samples from 5,000 people with the disease in order to identify the full set of genes that predispose them to the condition. The disease affects the skin, joints and internal organs, and in severe cases can be fatal.
A new company created at King’s, Centron Diagnostics Ltd, has launched a pioneering new device that measures central blood pressure easily near the heart. Central blood pressure is thought to provide a better measure of cardiovascular risk than the conventional measurement of blood pressure in the upper arm. Costing significantly less than current central pressuremeasuring devices, the Centron monitor is used in the same way as an arm blood pressure monitor, making it easy to operate.
Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation The rise of the King
the babies showed a marked increase in response to sad sounds as opposed to neutral ones. These findings will help researchers discover what happens to this particular brain region in babies that go on to develop disorders such as autism. corbis
Researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry have found that babies as young as three months are able to perceive emotions, even when they are asleep. Functional magnetic imaging was used to record brain responses while sleeping babies were played emotionally neutral, positive or negative human sounds. The results showed more activation in an area of the temporal lobe known for processing human vocal sounds in adults. In another part of the brain that involves emotional processing in adults,
Lloyd Bradley, Penguin, 2000 An overview of the history of reggae, from Jamaican sound systems in the mid-1940s, through mento, ska and rock steady, finishing with the rise of dancehall. It’s a book for those who wish to explore beyond Bob Marley – after all, dozens of books dedicated to reggae’s signature figure already exist. Sensitive portrayal of essential issues such as colonialism, race relations, Jamaican politics, international distribution and music production techniques help this book rise above other similar studies. Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley
Reggie’s round-up Sleeping soundly
Bass Culture: When Reggae Was King
Jeff Chang, Ebury, 2007 I’m constantly telling students that popular music often reflects and is inspired by the historical period it emanates from. This book provides some proof. It is impossible to understand why the South Bronx became ground zero for hip-hop in the 1970s without taking into account New York City planner Robert Moses’
The Heptones helped shape the future of reggae in the 1960s
devastating destruction of that thriving neighbourhood during the 1950s to build the massive Cross-Bronx Expressway. But the book covers the music just as colourfully and completely as the politics, and the way Chang ties together hip-hop’s international influence in dance, art and fashion is especially appreciated. Perfecting Sound Forever: The Story of Recorded Music
Greg Milner, Granta, 2009 How has the act of recording changed music? How did recorded sound alter notions of authenticity surrounding music, especially when multi-tracking (in the 1950s) and digital software (in the 1990s) created a situation in which live performance was usually no longer being captured on discs? Why do today’s hit songs sound annoying, nondynamic and ‘overmastered’, bombarding and tiring our ears? From Enrico Caruso to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Milner answers these questions and more, adeptly covering the ramifications of Edison’s invention of recorded sound.
Just My Soul Responding: Rhythm and Blues, Black Consciousness and Race Relations
Brian Ward, University of California, 1998 Ward demonstrates that ‘popular culture was one of the most important arenas in which the struggle for black equality was being waged’. He combs through sales charts, civil rights circulars, hundreds of obscure periodicals, and more to show how pop music served as a key spur towards racial integration in America, as well as the rise of black separatism after the glow of the civil rights movement subsided in the mid-1960s. Warning: this book will likely impel you to buy numerous soul music recordings. Cohen’s book Duke Ellington’s America (University of Chicago Press, 2010) was named one of the best books of 2010 by the Washington Post, and will be out in paperback this autumn. A member of the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries, his monthly radio show on KCL Radio is available at: www. kclradio.co.uk autumn 2011 IN TOUCH
Digitising historic material increases access and nurtures collaboration
King’s in the media Research findings on air quality problems and stress during pregnancy
Henry III: his rolls are digitised
reflected in our recent change of name, from the Centre for Computing in the Humanities to the Department of Digital Humanities.’ Professor Prescott’s background includes a lengthy stint at the British Library where he led a pioneering project – in partnership with King’s – to put the Beowulf manuscript on line. ‘King’s is the leading digital humanities university in Britain. It has the best team, and of course all the great cultural institutions are in London,’ says Professor Prescott.
abandoning oil use in the city, which would result in fewer deaths and cleaner air. UK government figures suggest that air pollution causes 29,000 people to die prematurely in Britain each year.
The invisible killer
Citing the research of Professor Frank Kelly, Head of the Analytical and Environmental Science Division at King’s, The Guardian reported that ‘invisible air pollution, caused largely by minute particles of soot from car exhausts that penetrate the lungs, is killing or shortening the lives of as many people today as the ‘pea-souper’ smogs of the 1950s’. This followed a report in the Evening Standard in June in which Professor Kelly warned that toxic pollution is blowing across the English Channel and harming residents of the southeast of the UK. ‘A large proportion of the PM2.5 particulates associated with loss of life expectancy in the UK arises
The Clergy of the Church of England Database (www. theclergydatabase.org.uk) will bring together millions of documents and capture detailed information on the careers of more than 120,000 clergymen between 1540 and 1835. The database will be an invaluable resource for anyone interested in the social and political history of England and Wales during these three centuries. A fine in the reign of King Henry III was an agreement to pay the king a sum of money for a specific concession. The rolls on which the fines were recorded provide the earliest systematic evidence of what people and institutions at the time wanted from the King – and what he was prepared to give. This collaborative project between King’s, the National Archives and Canterbury Christ Church University has made the Fine Rolls available online (www.frh3.org.uk) in English translation, with a sophisticated search engine.
Stress and ADHD
Possible lifelong impacts
from neighbouring countries,’ stated Professor Kelly. A measure to reduce pollution levels in London was mooted by Professor Martin Williams, of King’s Environmental Research Group, in an article in the Evening Standard’s ES magazine. He commented on the effects of
‘Mothers who are depressed or severely stressed during their pregnancy face a far greater chance of having children with attention hyperactivity disorder [ADHD]’, reported The Times in May. Research led by Professor Alina Rodriguez from the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s suggests that although ADHD is largely inheritable, antenatal anxiety could contribute to 15 per cent of cases of the condition.
The Clergy Database and Fine Rolls
Evidence, not politics A King’s academic leads a health and safety review that may have repercussions across Europe
Digital humanities might sound like a new area of study, but in fact it can trace its roots back to the 1940s, when scholars such as Father Robert Busa began using the earliest computing techniques to analyse how texts – in Busa’s case, those of Thomas Aquinas – had developed and to test their authenticity. Today, that kind of in-depth textual analysis forms just a part of the work of King’s Department of Digital Humanities. ‘King’s has always had a strong track record in developing new areas of interest,’ explains Andrew Prescott, the department’s new Head. ‘That’s one of the reasons why I wanted to come here. There are so many possibilities. With digital technology, we can create 3D visualisation of historical buildings and objects, make rare manuscripts and records available to a global audience and create rich online resources.’ (See right for an overview of two flagship projects.) ‘Traditionally, humanities has been about the individual scholar,’ says Professor Prescott. ‘Now we can pose bigger and wider-ranging questions. That’s
Professor Ragnar Löfstedt knows people across Europe are watching the work of his panel
Professor Ragnar Löfstedt, Director of King’s Centre for Risk Management, first became interested in the study of managing risk following the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, a catastrophe that shook all of Europe. Twentyfive years on, he is heading up a high-profile review of the UK’s health and safety legislation, which looks set to affect the working lives of millions of people in the UK and possibly throughout Europe. He admits that the invitation came out of the blue. ‘I’ve been advising the Health and Safety Executive, the Food Standards Agency and the Treasury for 15 years now, so
I guess I’ve got a strong track record in the public sector,’ he says. ‘But it was still a surprise! I’ve always been interested in what drives regulation and how it works, so I saw it as a great opportunity.’ But with that opportunity comes huge responsibility. Just a year on from the last major review of health and safety carried out by the Conservative Lord Young, Professor Löfstedt is aware that his own review will come under close scrutiny from all stakeholders, especially businesses and the unions. ‘The Young Review was widely seen as political,’ Professor Löfstedt says. ‘I was clear from the start that my
review had to be balanced, and it had to be evidence-based. It’s not in my interest to deliver a review that’s going to damage my reputation or that of the university’. With the painstaking process of evidence-gathering now under way, Professor Löfstedt and his hand-picked panel – which includes members of Parliament as well as employers and employee organisations – will spend the next few months drafting and testing recommendations before delivering the report later this autumn. ‘The aim is that we will be able to find ways of simplifying and improving health and safety
regulations without affecting safety in the workplace. But at this stage, I won’t speculate on the outcomes. The evidence comes first.’ Looking ahead, plans are already in place to launch a pan-European review in Brussels. ‘So much of the UK’s health and safety legislation comes from Europe, it’s impossible to look at one without considering the other,’ Professor Löfstedt says. ‘Many European countries are looking to streamline their own regulations, and the EU is planning a major health and safety review in 2013. If we get this review right, it should provide a really useful basis for that work.’ autumn 2011 IN TOUCH
proposed a framework for specialist referral using these factors, along with an ultrasound scan, that was able to identify half of the women who developed pre-eclampsia and went on to have a premature baby. Researchers say that the test could improve detection rates of the condition which kills approximately 70,000 women globally per year.
likely to have relatively long ring fingers. Men are more likely than women to develop the condition and are also exposed to higher levels of testosterone before birth: it was this exposure that researchers suspect is the risk factor in the development of motor neuron disease in later life. Scientists looked at the ratio of the lengths of a person’s index finger to ring finger – known as the 2D:4D ratio. A low ratio means that the ring finger is relatively long compared with the index finger and is thought to be an indicator of high prenatal testosterone in both men and
Reggie’s round-up Pre-eclampsia test developed
King’s scientists have pioneered a new method of identifying early in pregnancy which healthy first-time mothers are at risk of developing pre-eclampsia, a potentially life-threatening condition that occurs in one in 20 first pregnancies. The research team analysed the medical and family history, lifestyle and clinical examination findings of 3,500 healthy first-time mothers. The study found that five per cent of women developed the condition, and of these women up to two-thirds could be recognised as high-risk using a combination of clinical risk factors. The team
Ukulele fever! The pleasures of Bad Moon Rising played on four strings
The Tower Wing on the Guy’s Campus will soon have a striking new look
council government bodies to discuss the project. ‘The overwhelming response from people canvassed has been, “Please, for God’s sake, do something to improve the look of the tower,”’ he says. Renovation will include: installation energy-efficient windows throughout both towers; steam-cleaning the concrete on the User Tower and coating its concrete to reduce deterioration; and cladding the entire Sleeker and energy-efficient Communications Tower in both portions are showing their aluminium. The aluminium siding age. While the buildings were may make for the most striking originally beige, air pollution change: the Communications and weather have darkened the Tower will sport long sheets of concrete to a sooty grey. aluminium, possibly dark grey, with a crystalline pattern. Furthermore, the Tower Wing’s ‘By far the most complex and windows, an early generation difficult task is how to minimise of double-glazing, are loose the impact of the project on the and inefficient. people working inside the tower,’ The renovation will soften the buildings’ Soviet Bloc appearance. says Moriarty-Baker. The renovated Constructed in the early 1970s Communications Tower will when concrete brutalism was feature aluminium artwork on de rigueur, the Tower Wing is generally not regarded as its roof. Funded through Guy’s a beloved London landmark. Charity, the 12-meter-tall Moriarty-Baker notes that ‘tensegrity light cloud’ designed the Trust has held a variety of by Carsten Nicolai will be meetings with local groups and illuminated at night.
After a day of cramming for an exam or putting the finishing touches on a paper, how best to mellow out? The answer is obvious for one group of King’s students: playing their ukuleles. These students are members of the King’s Ukulele Society, a year-old organisation dedicated to the diminutive instrument popularised by the likes of George Formby, George Harrison and Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. ‘Playing the uke is definitely one of the best ways to unwind,’ says Katherine Moe, a founding member of the society. According to Moe, the club’s first president, the idea for a King’s Ukulele Society grew out of a conversation after an evening of strumming the ukulele with two friends in the spring of 2010. They wanted to find more ukulele aficionados at King’s, so they decided they should establish a KCLSU-sanctioned club. ‘It was just a really random idea,’ says Moe, who took up the instrument three years ago. ‘We weren’t sure
Ready for a makeover
One of London’s most recognisable buildings will undergo an 18-month renovation beginning in early 2012. The Tower Wing on the Guy’s Campus, home to the Dental Institute, portions of the School of Medicine and Guy’s Hospital, is in line for a £40 million makeover that will give the 34-storey structure a sleeker, cleaner appearance. Programme Manager Chris Moriarty-Baker says the Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust decided to move forward with this project for multiple reasons. Most importantly, the exterior concrete is deteriorating. ‘It’s not an imminent health and safety risk. But it’s not a desirable situation,’ he says. The façade is crumbling badly enough, however, that the Trust sends abseilers down the sides of the tower twice each year to find and chip away loose concrete, and make temporary repairs. The facility is comprised of two connected buildings: the User Tower, the main structure housing most office and research facilities, and the taller, narrower Communications Tower – and
Finger length clue to motor neuron disease
A study by the Institute of Psychiatry has revealed that sufferers of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) are more
women. The 2D:4D ratio was consistently lower for people who had ALS compared to those without. ‘Finger length seems to be linked to the balance of hormones in the womb, so what we see as a trend towards longer ring fingers is just a marker for the hormone balance during pregnancy,’ says Professor Ammar Al-Chalabi, who led the research. ‘The same trend is seen in sporty people and men, which is why this can never show that someone will get motor neuron disease. It’s just a clue as to what might be making motor neurons more fragile. ‘
Spies, soldiers and geeks Treachery: Betrayals, Blunders and Cover-Ups: Six Decades of Espionage
(£25 hardback, Random House) In Treachery, Harry Chapman Pincher FKC (King’s, Botany & Zoology, 1935) explores the Soviet assault on the British security and defence services from 1938 to the USSR’s collapse. Still writing at 97, he says, ‘I remain fascinated by the subject and, perhaps because I have never ceased to work I still seem to have total recall.’ Second Chance: In Combat with the US ‘Texas Infantry’, the OSS, and the French Resistance during the Liberation of France, 1943-1946
(£37.50 hardback; £24.95 softback, Military Public History) Dr Stephen J Weiss (MA War Studies, 1990; PhD 1995) was 18 when he landed in the south of France as part of the Allied Operation Dragoon. Cut off from his unit during a night attack, he linked up with French resistance fighters. His training later as a clinical psychologist gave him a greater understanding of the psychology of warfare, which he shares here. Geek Nation: How Indian Science is Taking over the World
Ukulele Society members unwind on a Wednesday evening
what to expect. We thought maybe it would be just the three of us and a couple of our friends.’ Members of the nascent society set up a table at the 2010 Freshers Fair – and received 175 email enquiries. Active membership during the year fluctuated between 20 and 30. Courses of study represented among members included medicine, law, dentistry, philosophy and physics. ‘The ukulele is a fun, easy and happy instrument to play,’ says Moe. She adds that with frequent practice new ukulists need less than a month to become competent at a handful of songs. While many society members play their ukuleles daily, they gather as a group on Wednesday evenings. Favourite songs include Hey Jude, Bad Moon Rising and a mash-up of Valerie and Kung Fu Fighting. The King’s Ukulele Society hasn’t played often in public. However, Moe notes, members busked for the Read Society – which sends books to impoverished regions of Africa – outside of the Piccadilly Circus Tube Station in December and raised £500 in four hours.
(£20 hardback, Hodder & Stoughton) Angela Saini’s (MA Science & Security, 2007) new book explores India’s rise as a technological and scientific superpower. ‘Geek Nation is not a typical popular science book,’ says Saini. ‘It’s more of a scientific travelogue. I wanted it to be a fun read, even for people who have no interest in science.’ autumn 2011 IN TOUCH
Alumni support is essential to return the East Wing to its former glory
The President of the Evelina says everyone can make the world a better place
● Neuroscience & mental health,
including world-leading research
into the causes of and treatments for Alzheimer’s, stroke and epilepsy. ● Leadership & society, which encompasses a range of governance and security issues, from fostering a deeper understanding of the world’s emerging powers to encouraging nations to use space technology
A centrepiece of the campaign, the East Wing will benefit the entire College
‘The teaching of law was impressive,’ says Fogel, who received his LLM in 1972. ‘I often visited LSE for student rebellion, unruly debate and better catering. But my heart remained with King’s, where I went on to do the LLM and became slightly more studious. My working life as a lawyer has always been close by, and I’ve noted with a mixture of pride and envy how the Strand Campus has improved. The move into Somerset House is the crowning glory.’ A donor to the Principal’s Discretionary Fund for many years, Fogel says, ‘I think fondly of my time at King’s and how being there enriched my life in ways
I could not have imagined then. I recently resumed a friendship with one of my tutors who helped me greatly as a student. Last month he produced an essay I’d written. I was touched that he had kept it, and shocked at how bad it was.’ Peltz says the renovated East Wing, with its exhibitions areas, flexible meeting spaces and unparalleled location, will benefit the entire College. ‘Whether you graduated from King’s last year or 60 years ago, investing in this project is an opportunity to provide future students – and everyone in the King’s community – with a unique facility that will make us all proud.’
for peaceful purposes. ● Cancer, with a particular focus
on the Integrated Cancer Centre, which is pioneering research into breast cancer, leukaemia, cancer of the blood and lymph nodes and palliative care. World questions|King’s answers also supports renovation of Somerset House East Wing and
the Annual Fund, which provides grants to student organisations and academic initiatives. (Please see page 14 to read more about the Annual Fund). To learn more about the campaign and how you can be a part of it, please visit www.kcl.ac.uk/kingsanswers.
I have a deep belief that if you’re in the fortunate position that you can provide for your family and can live a good life than it behoves you to do something in philanthropy. My parents taught me that you should give back to the community. Most people can give time or they can give money. There are very few phases in life when you can’t give either one or the other.
Lord Fink: each of us should consider our legacy
Why is children’s care so important to you?
In part because one of our children needed hospital care due to kidney problems, and our lives would have been much nicer if we had been in a place like the Evelina. I remember when Gabriella was about 12 months old she needed to have some dye injected for imaging. There was one nurse to hold her still for about five minutes, and during the session the phone rang and the radiographer didn’t have a mobile phone. She had to reach for the phone and Gabriella moved and the whole test had to be redone. I suddenly realised that with some
Making unpleasant situations bearable
What drives your passion for philanthropy?
About the campaign World questions|King’s answers is the College’s five-year, £500 million fundraising campaign, created to address – as quickly as feasible – some of the most pressing challenges facing humanity. King’s launched the campaign with three priority areas:
Leaving a legacy
Lord Stanley Fink FKC is Chief Executive of the hedge fund International Standard Asset Management and Chairman of Earth Capital Partners, an investment firm focused on sustainable energy. He is also President of the Evelina Children’s Hospital and led the fundraising efforts to construct the hospital’s new home a decade ago. In June his wife Barbara participated in a fundraising hike up Mount Kilimanjaro, which raised more than £420,000 for the Evelina.
Renovating a landmark
For two prominent King’s alumni – one a property entrepreneur in London and the other a managing partner of an international law firm – supporting the renovation of Somerset House East Wing is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity not to be missed. Daniel Peltz, who received his undergraduate degree in history from King’s in 1982, appreciates items of beauty. Owner of the property investment company London Freeholds Plc, he is a supporter of a number of arts organisations. He has admired Somerset House as an architectural gem since his days as a student three decades ago. ‘The College has long wanted to move into the East Wing, and for good reason,’ says Peltz, a member of the World questions|King’s answers campaign board. Peltz and his wife Elizabeth have made a £100,000 campaign gift, with £60,000 of that earmarked for the East Wing renovation project, helping pay for the meticulous preservation of architectural details. The remainder will go towards postgraduate bursaries. Law alumnus Steven Fogel, managing partner of Dechert and a member of the University of London Board of Trustees, has also made a substantial gift from his personal trust to renovate space in the East Wing for the School of Law – in large part because of his experience as a law student.
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extra equipment you can really make a situation that is very unpleasant more bearable.
World questions|King’s answers encompasses a range of medical priorities. Is that important to donors?
The College’s connection with the Evelina is through King’s Health Partners. What benefits do you see coming from this partnership?
Some people are prepared to pay for items such as fold-down beds, which can improve the patient and family experience but are not essential equipment. Other people want to support research. It’s great for me, whether I am soliciting donations or I am approached to make a donation, if I can choose the type of giving.
The barriers between academia and hospitals are coming down, particularly as some of the treatments are not particularly novel. For example, many premature babies are born with significant disabilities, mental, physical or sometimes a combination of both. By trialling a number of treatments that are not necessarily revolutionary but have not been tried in combination, one can reduce the degree of disability significantly. These partnerships are also really important for teaching. I’m pleased to say my daughter is studying to be a radiographer and she spends about half of her academic year in university and half in hospital.
What is your fundamental message about giving?
I look at it from the other direction: how much money do you really need to live your life and to leave to your children? Do you want to accrue an endless amount of money without leaving a lasting legacy? If I had to choose at epitaph on my tombstone, I would like to see, ‘The world was a better place because he passed through it.’ autumn 2011 IN TOUCH
Exceptional giving King’s leadership giving circles honour the outstanding contribution key donors are making to the College’s future
For nurses, researchers and rowers King’s Annual Fund touches thousands of lives each year
King’s established its three leadership giving circles – the Dental, Medical and Principal’s Circles – to recognise the exceptional generosity of donors who contribute £1,000 or more each year towards the College’s greatest needs. Since their creation in 2006 the circles have welcomed 527 gifts, including 150 during the past year, which represent the largest increase ever in a 12-month period. Of particular note is the number of new members from overseas. ‘I think the growth of the circles reflects the international nature of the issues King’s is tackling,’ says Dr Yee Cheau Hwang (Dentistry, KCSMD, 1983), who joined the Dental Circle in 2009. ‘The circles are becoming a truly global community.’ These key donors have a huge impact on the work at King’s; during the past fiscal year circle members accounted for less than 4 per cent of all donors, yet they accounted for more than a quarter of all money given to the Annual Fund and
Principal’s Discretionary Funds. Donations such as Dr Hwang’s’ are directed towards either the Annual Fund or the greatest needs of the College. To date, circle donors have helped set up King’s first online student radio station, provided vital learning resources for King’s Modern Language Centre and supported editorial training for the King’s student newspaper ROAR. This, coupled with scholarship support, transforms the lives and educational experience of students studying at King’s. ‘Leadership giving circle supporters can feel rightly proud of the contribution they make to the life of King’s,’ says Principal and founding donor of the circles, Profevssor Sir Richard Trainor. ‘The projects they support are directly helping our students and staff to realise their potential, enhancing the international standing of the College. King’s is now ranked among the top universities in the world – a very impressive achievement. The circles are a significant part of that success.’
One of the toughest moments for young nurses and doctors is the first time they need to speak with a patient who is dying. Few nursing and medical students receive training in how to converse with terminal patients and their families, a shortfall cited by both the General Medical Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Through the generosity of alumni and friends, the College has started to address this situation by awarding an Annual Fund grant to the Medical School and Florence Nightingale School of Nursing & Midwifery to enhance students’ confidence when speaking with patients and their families in end-of-life situations. The £6,276 grant will create a simulation tool to improve students’ communication skills,
allow them to role play in a variety of scenarios and receive feedback. The project will involve up to 72 students during the pilot stage, but may benefit more than 900 students annually when fully implemented. King’s announced 26 Annual Fund grants in July, distributing a total of £160,000 to student organisations and academic programmes, with an additional £155,000 directed to scholarships. The Development Committee received more than 70 applications. Among the approved grants: ● £12,525 to the School of Arts & Humanities to create an online resource to improve students’ archival research skills, advancing academic literacy. ● £12,500 to the Simulation and Interactive Learning Centre to
The new King’s Campaign Circle The World questions|King’s answers campaign sets out to tackle some of the most urgent questions facing the world today: How do we cope with an ageing population? What will it take to eradicate poverty? How can we find better treatments for cancer? The new King’s Campaign Circle will create a community of supporters who, together, can make a huge contribution to finding answers to those questions, touching the lives of millions of people worldwide. The King’s Campaign Circle has been founded by the Marquess of Douro, Chairman of King’s College Council. This new circle will acknowledge donors who give £50,000 towards the greatest needs of the campaign. To find out more about the leadership giving circles, please contact the Leadership Giving Team on 020 7848 4701 or email email@example.com purchase a manikin that simulates delivery of a live baby; the manikin breathes, has a pulse, and is able to generate blood pressure. ● £5,500 to the Boat Club to purchase eight rowing machines. ‘I am exceptionally grateful to my fellow alumni and friends of King’s who kindly donated to help our students this year,’ says Professor John Pepper MChir FRCS (Guy’s, Medicine, 1971), Chairman of the Development Committee. ‘The committee has been able to direct these gifts to a wide range of highly innovative projects and valuable activities which otherwise could not take place. Students’ learning, as well as their more rounded experience of university life, is greatly enhanced by the Annual Fund and GKT Annual Fund.’
Campaign Update Investing in future generations Whether for general purposes or in support of a specific area, legacies make a great difference
For Mary Bilton, remembering King’s in her will is a way to say thank you and to help others
Since the College’s earliest days, legacies have provided a vital source of support for King’s, funding academic posts, scholarships, bursaries and prizes, and providing for modern facilities and equipment. Many alumni choose to support King’s because it has been a springboard to their future success, a place where they formed some of their strongest friendships. This is very much the case for Mary Bilton (French, 1963), who has generously included a gift to King’s in her will. ‘King’s has given me so much. My legacy is an opportunity to pay something back and to give others the chance of a good tertiary education,’ she says. She adds that her King’s education has not only benefited her career but also her leisure time, enhancing her enjoyment of interests such as the theatre and opera. She is also grateful for the lifelong friendships she forged as a student, and for the new friendships she has made through her continuing association with the College. ‘As I live in London, I’m able to
come back to King’s regularly and have got to know other people who attend events. I’ve also built up a relationship with staff of the College and appreciate the warm welcome they give me,’ she says. ‘While some donors specify a purpose for their legacy, others, such as Mary, choose to leave the use of their gift to the College’s discretion,’ says Alison Thompson, Head of High Value University Giving. ‘Unrestricted gifts allow the College to respond to opportunities and needs as they arise, providing, for example, funds to support the development of pioneering
medical research or scholarships to help students achieve their full potential and give back to society.’ King’s has been fortunate to receive many substantial legacies that have benefited generations of students and academics. But comparatively modest gifts can have a huge impact too, providing perhaps hardship funds to enable students to continue their education, or a travel award that could change the direction of their lives. If you would like to know more about making a legacy gift, please contact Helen Michaelides on 020 7848 4700 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Giving more could cost you less The College’s charitable status means any legacy you leave to King’s will be free from inheritance tax in the UK. Furthermore, the Chancellor has announced that from April 2012, where at least 10 per cent of an estate has been left to charity, the inheritance tax on the remainder will fall from
40 per cent to 36 per cent. Your solicitor or other professional adviser will be able to provide information about the tax implications of leaving part of your estate to charity. You can also find out more on HM Revenue & Customs website: hmrc.gov.uk/ inheritancetax.
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not optimism A voice known to millions, Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks finds and shares truth in conversation
There are videos of Lord Sacks on YouTube – which he also loves: ‘it means the past is never gone’ – including a set of 60 conversational nuggets delivered off-the-cuff when he was stuck in New York for two days by the ash cloud. They tackle such profound topics as Anger, Forgiveness, Anti-Semitism, God and Evil and the Holocaust in a mere two or three minutes apiece, demonstrating a mastery of the medium to match his radio work. In one, Finding Purpose, he says: ‘Where what you want to do meets what needs to be done, that is where God wants you to be.’ It’s a perfect example of the neat, incisive, accessible distillation of wisdom that he does so well: a sound bite that can change lives. It took the young Jonathan Sacks four tries to find his own purpose as a rabbi. He started out at Cambridge as an economist, but quickly realised that ‘it was a very abstract way of asking why people make decisions’ and so switched to philosophy. ‘It seemed to me that the meaning of life was a bigger issue than utility maximisation.’ After his degree – he got a first – he tried law, joined the Inner Temple, but ‘lasted about one hour at the Bar. I realised that I was a universals kind of guy and law is the ultimate in particularity. I just didn’t have the mind for it.’ Next he sought out an academic career, and returned to Cambridge for a doctorate in philosophy. ‘But the late 1960s and early 1970s was the era of linguistic philosophy. It was so arid. Philosophy had stopped trying
Despite its rather impressive title and its smart address in the heart of St John’s Wood, the Chief Rabbi’s Official Residence is not grand. There are no oak-panelled libraries here. It is simple, even ordinary – except for the photos clustered here and there in the living room. They picture Lord Sacks with Ariel Sharon, Pope Benedict, Mikhael Gorbachev, Bill Clinton, Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair… everyone. It’s a collection of luminaries so bright, so complete, it’s hard not to smile, albeit slightly nervously. And then he bounds in, unannounced, while the photographer is still setting up, a beaming ball of energy, instantly putting everyone at ease and demonstrating a first flash of his gift for communication, which is arguably his greatest genius. His grey hair and impeccable beard testify to his almost 63 years – two years from retirement age – but his smile and particularly his twinkling, even impish, eyes are strikingly youthful. When he was appointed Chief Rabbi in 1991 – only the sixth incumbent since the role was formalised in 1845 – he was a mere 42. ‘Believe me, in this job I’ll age very rapidly,’ he said at the time. Today he says: ‘I’m a lot younger than I was 20 years ago. A lot younger in every sense.’ He picks up an iPad lying on the table and starts to play with it, eager to show the latest video bulletins on his website. He’s a big fan of technology, it seems, and later raves about a friend’s OS map-enabled GPS. ‘If the Israelites had had that in the wilderness, it wouldn’t have taken them 40 years,’ he says.
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more hopeful, less optimistic
But how does he make it so resonant – how does he stay relevant in an increasingly secular society? ‘Here’s how it works,’ he says. ‘Jews are used to being a cognitive minority. Plus we have no desire to convert everyone. Therefore you can do something very simple, which I summarise in four words: “take Judaism for example”. Here’s a subject that bothers you and bothers me because we are both human. Here is the wisdom of the Jewish religion. And if it is meaningful to you, please have it. And if it isn’t, that’s fine, because we recognise our voice isn’t the only voice in the conversation.’ Lord Sacks often refers to the ‘Jewish voice’, defining it as ‘the voice of hope in the
conversation of humankind’. And hope, he says, is different from optimism. ‘Optimism is the belief that things are going to get better. Hope is the belief that if we work hard enough we can make things better. Optimism is a passive virtue, hope is an active one. No Jew knowing our history can really be an optimist, but no Jew ever gave up hope. The national anthem of the state of Israel is Hatikvah, The Hope.’ After 20 years he is coming to the end of his time as Chief Rabbi. Is he more or less hopeful than when he started? ‘Much more hopeful! Much less optimistic!’ But why – especially because he so often expresses frustration at the decline of Western civilisation, which he once described as undergoing ‘the moral equivalent of climate change’? ‘There is an important distinction between a prophesy and a prediction,’ he says. ‘If a prediction comes true it has succeeded. If a prophesy comes true it has failed. A prophet speaks to warn. I warn of what is happening with Western culture to pull us back from the brink. In my humble opinion, the JudaeoChristian ethic is the sole effective force capable of defeating the entropy which otherwise leads to the fall of civilisations.’ He is even still hopeful for the Middle East peace process. ‘So long as you don’t lose the vision, you can always recruit and mobilise energies. So long as our political leadership has not given way to cynicism there is hope.’ He has faith in Barack Obama, ‘a guy who has not given up on the rhetoric’ and who has already achieved the ‘almost impossible’ by ‘bringing long sentences back into politics’. So what next, after he stands down in two years time? ‘I want to teach. Rabbi means “my teacher”, and some of the happiest hours of my Chief Rabbinate I spent at King’s. I want to study more, broadcast more, write more. There are a lot more books that I haven’t written than the ones I have.’ Given that he has already written 23, that’s a lot of books. And has he achieved what he set out to achieve as Chief Rabbi? He thinks so. He cites the rise in Jewish schools. ‘When we began our strategic intervention, we had 25 per cent of children in Jewish schools. Now it’s almost 70 per cent. The result will be for the first time that Anglo-Jewry will have a Jewishly literate community.’
I want to study more, broadcast more, write more
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to answer all the big questions and become a terribly upmarket version of lexicography.’ He realised then that ‘if you really wanted wisdom, you had to go back to the great religious traditions. So I began my own religious journey.’ That doctorate didn’t work out, but he tried again in 1980, this time at King’s, in theology, and succeeded. He loved the ‘hugely congenial atmosphere’, finding it so inspiring that he later returned to teach, and is now a visiting professor and honorary fellow. ‘For years I taught a postgraduate seminar – basically to bishops and vicars doing doctorates – and it was one of the most extraordinary experiences I’ve ever had. Although they were Christians, they wanted to study in the traditional Jewish way. It was so engaging.’ That ability – ‘to take the message to the wider community, that Judaism is not for Jews alone’ – is, Lord Sacks believes, one of the major successes of his Chief Rabbinate. It’s particularly evident in his work on Radio 4’s Thought for the Day, which he calls ‘one of the most important institutions in British life, because it is a genuine way of integrating different faith communities into a common language for the common good. ‘It is a wonderful and very wacky thing – a religious reflection in the middle of a daily news programme. But then odd is what gives character to a culture. It was my great training, speaking to an audience 99.5 per cent of which is not Jewish. That trains you in a different way of speaking and thinking.’
He also cites that engagement with the wider world, reaching out through books and the media, and, more intimately, to secular leaders, including Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, whom he describes as ‘deeply religious in very different ways’, and to spiritual leaders, too, such as Rowan Williams and Pope Benedict. When he meets them in the flesh, ‘all the old barriers and estrangements fall apart completely, and you realise the power of friendship. Soul touches soul, and you discover the dignity of difference. It is precisely by our differences that I am enlarged by you and you are enlarged by me. ‘That is why I use the word conversation rather than the word truth. Truth emerges out of the conversation, because truth is distributed amongst very different civilisations and individuals. And that’s what academic life is at its best: the collaborative pursuit of truth that is an ongoing conversation.’ a renaissance
Now he’s part of the establishment. He was at the royal wedding: ‘spectacular, not overdone; the best conceivable advert for marriage’. He’s a knight and a member of the House of Lords, which is ‘astonishing’, he says. ‘The concentration of expertise and intelligence is simply stunning.’ Such things make him proud, not in themselves, he says, but because they gave pleasure to his parents. ‘You have to understand that being Jewish, especially from my generation – my father was an immigrant, my mother was a daughter of immigrants – means giving a little nachus, pride, to your parents.’ He is also proud that ‘in this job we kept growing.’ It hasn’t all been straightforward; there have been a couple of painful disagreements within the Jewish community along the way. ‘It took me about 15 years to ride the bicycle without falling off,’ he says. ‘But the community has become genuinely more creative and more exuberant. Culturally, educationally, spiritually, it’s going through a renaissance. Just to be a tiny part of that is a wonderful privilege.’ And he finishes our conversation, as he began, with a beaming smile. Find a selection of Lord Sacks’ Thought for the Day commentaries at alumni.kcl.ac.uk/lordsacks
Greeting the Pope during his UK visit
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Two experts assess the spectre of cyber warfare and suggest we keep calm and carry on
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ollywood producers short on ideas should talk to Dr Thomas Rid, the new Reader in Cyber War at King’s Department of War Studies. His latest paper, just published in The Journal of Strategic Studies, has enough extraordinary examples of digital intrigue to keep them in thrillers for years. Take the Cold War incident in 1982 when, according to a memoir by a former US Air Force Secretary, the CIA planted a ‘logic bomb’ on computers bought by the Russians to control a Siberian gas pipeline. So the story goes, the rigged software caused key valves to go haywire, triggering an explosion and fire so ‘monumental’ that it could be seen from space. ‘The US Air Force allegedly rated the explosion at three kilotons, equivalent to a small nuclear device,’ writes Dr Rid. Or the incident in Estonia in 2007, when a diplomatic row with Moscow provoked ‘street riots accompanied by online riots’. Widely thought to be managed by the Kremlin, but never proven, the cyber attack mobilised up to 85,000 hijacked computers, generating massive ‘distributed denial of service attacks’ for weeks, paralysing numerous Estonian websites. ‘The gathering of botnets was like a gathering of armies,’ said an Estonian Ministry of Defence official at the time. Or the similar cyber attack on Georgia the following year, also thought to be the work of the Kremlin, during the armed confrontation with Moscow over South Ossetia. Or, perhaps best of all, take Stuxnet, ‘a highly directed attack Political against specific targets, most violence has likely Iran’s nuclear enrichment programme at Natanz’. Described become an by Rid as ‘by far the most internetsophisticated attack to date,’ this software worm was so ingenious, enhanced precise, its development would phenomenon so have required the resources and investment of a ‘cyber superpower’, said one security consultant. ‘A possibility is that Israel engineered the threat with American support,’ writes Dr Rid. Then there are the accounts of
cyber spying, with such fantastic titles as Titan Rain and Ghostnet. Not to mention cyber subversion, such as the actions of the hacker activist group Anonymous, which has mounted damaging digital attacks against the Church of Scientology and various companies. ‘We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us,’ is its motto. And, perhaps most threatening of all, there is cyber insurgency and the promotion of terrorism. ‘Political violence in the 21st century, especially the global jihadi movement, has become an internet-enhanced phenomenon,’ writes Dr Rid. So much so that in 2007, Robert Gates, then US Secretary of Defense, was moved to lament: ‘It is just plain embarrassing that al-Qaeda is better at communicating its message on the internet than America.’ Such a colourful subject stimulates dramatic language. ‘It’s not a matter of if America has an electronic Pearl Harbor, it’s a matter of when,’ said Curt Weldon, a US congressman and chairman of the House National Security Committee’s subcommittee on military research and development, in 2005. Richard Clarke, a former White House cyber czar, graphically described what such an assault might look like in his 2009 book Cyber War: nationwide blackouts, refineries ablaze, trains derailed, aircraft ‘literally falling out of the sky’, the financial system ‘frozen solid’ and more. Such havoc could be caused by ‘one of several nation-states… in 15 minutes,’ Clarke wrote. Talk of society crumbling within minutes due to a digital attack is ‘alarmist’, writes Dr Rid. In his paper – called ‘Cyber War Will Not Take Place’, a bold title given his new job – he outlines what would constitute cyber war: ‘a potentially lethal, instrumental and political act of force conducted through malicious code’. That has never happened in the past, doesn’t take place now, and is highly unlikely to occur in the future, he contends.
Rather, he writes, ‘all politically motivated cyber attacks are merely sophisticated versions of three activities that are as old as warfare itself: sabotage, espionage and subversion.’ Dr David Betz, a member of the Cyberpower Department of War Studies who recently had a paper published theorists are by the International Institute succumbing for Strategic Studies, is similarly to the ‘shock sceptical of the terms used to describe cyber war. Both are of the new’ dismissive of the popular notion that a Clarke-style attack could be some sneaky alternative to war; in such a case the prefix cyber would be ‘superfluous’, writes Dr Betz. Or that attribution might be an issue: that, as Clarke suggests, ‘we may never even know what hit us’ – or who. As Dr Betz puts it: ‘Strategically, the problem here is not merely for the victim – against whom do I retaliate? It is equally a problem for the aggressor – how do I impose my will if I disclose neither what that will is nor my identity?’. And yet, writes Dr Betz, ‘neither is complacency desirable’. He quotes Iain Lobban, Director of the UK Government Communications Headquarters, who said in a recent speech that, however you define it, something significant is transpiring now. ‘There are over 20,000 malicious emails on Government networks each month, 1,000 of which are deliberately targeting them,’ said Lobban. ‘We have seen the use of cyber techniques by one nation on another. We have seen theft of intellectual property on a massive scale, some of it not just sensitive to the commercial enterprises in question but of national security concern too. Cyberspace is contested every day, every hour, every minute, every second. I can vouch for that from the displays in our own operations centre of minute by minute cyber attempts to penetrate systems around the world.’ Certainly, governments are reacting to the threats in what the military now calls the fifth domain (after land, sea, air and space). In May, the US announced that it
would ‘respond to hostile acts in cyberspace as we would to any other threat to our country’. Last October, it activated a Cyber Command headed by a four-star general with as many as 90,000 troops. In the UK, the Strategic Defence and Security Review announced that £650 million is to be spent over five years on cyber defence. ‘This is not a large sum as Government spending goes,’ writes Dr Betz. ‘But the direction of travel is significant amidst down arrows in practically every other area of defence expenditure.’ Lobban also remarked in his speech that a crucial element of securing cyberspace will be ‘work by academia to broaden our research base and establish the mechanisms that will develop a large body of genuine expertise in the UK.’ Dr Rid’s appointment, perhaps the first of its kind anywhere in the world, is a part of that. ‘King’s is doing this now because it is a world-renowned Department of War Studies, and cyber security, high on political agendas the world over, is still conceptually unexplored territory, an intellectual Wild West,’ says Dr Rid. What the department provides – and why it appeals to ‘somebody with an interest in new technology and concepts of war’ – is ‘a healthy tension between the slow-moving history of conflict and fast-moving recent trends. The spirit is sceptical yet innovative. That’s a good thing, because, says Dr Betz, ‘there is cause to worry that cyberpower theorists are repeating an old mistake – succumbing to the “shock of the new” where more cool-headed analysis would urge caution and more reflection on the elements of continuity than those of change… This is a recipe for sub-optimal policy and erratic spending.’ Dr Betz’s core point, echoed by Dr Rid, is ‘that cyberspace is people, that the problems are more social than they are technological, and that so too are many of the solutions. Therefore, social scientific study of cyberspace is vital, or we might otherwise end up with £650 million worth of black boxes and digital wing-nuts and be no closer to the security we require’. And for those still worried by Clarke-style predictions, Dr Betz has this to say. ‘Since cyberspace is a term taken from science fiction we feel at liberty to suggest that they take from science fiction a basic injunction about how to deal with it. Douglas Adams’ classic Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy is emblazoned on its front cover with the words ‘DON’T PANIC’. This is excellent advice.’ autumn 2011 IN TOUCH
One of the defining features of King’s Health Partners is its emphasis on bringing researchers and clinicians together – in this instance, working in the King’s College Hospital Stroke Unit. From left, Professor Lalit Kalra, Reuben Lewis, Lead Clinical Studies Coordinator, James Lauder, who suffered a stroke on the previous day, and Nurse Consultant Maria Fitzpatrick
King’s Health Partners is researching stroke treatments on many fronts Andre Bell thought little of it when he woke up one morning in May 2010 with a slight headache and a ‘bit of a flicker’ in his eye. It was only when he started feeling dizzy at the wheel of his car whilst driving into work that he began to suspect that something serious might be wrong. Bell pulled to the side of the road to call his employer and explain that he wouldn’t be in, only to discover that his speech was slurred. ‘It tripped an alert in my head. I’d seen the government ads on TV for FAST, so I hung up quickly and called 999,’ he says. ‘The ambulance was there in about 10 minutes and the paramedic asked me what I thought was up. She could see my eye was flickering away like I was trying to watch something out of a train window. She thought I was right and it was a stroke. So even though I was right near Lewisham hospital, they took me straight to King’s.’ There are two types of stroke: an ischaemic stroke, when the blood supply in a person’s brain is cut off by a blockage, accounting for approximately 80 per cent of all strokes; and a haemorrhagic stroke, when there is bleeding in the brain. With either type of stroke the key to treatment is speed: a stroke victim loses two million brain cells per minute. Doctors used a clot-busting procedure called thrombolysis to treat Bell within 30 minutes of his arrival at King’s College Hospital, and within three hours of stroke onset. Thrombolysis uses pharmaceuticals to reduce the size of brain clots and break them down. Because of the prompt treatment and expert care he received in the hospital’s Stroke Unit, Bell returned home in three days and was back to his job as a driver within three months. Had Bell suffered a stroke 25 years ago, it’s possible he’d never work again. suki dhanada
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‘Stroke is a great word, like a stroke of lightning. It’s out of the blue and suddenly
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Individuals cannot avoid some factors that increase the risk of stroke. These include age and ethnicity. (People of African, south Asian and African-Caribbean heritage are at a higher risk of stroke.) However, people can take significant steps to reduce the risk of stroke: Seek help to stop smoking Don’t drink every day or exceed recommended limits Eat five portions of fruits and vegetable daily Reduce salt and fat intake Exercise for at least 30 minutes five days each week Have your blood pressure checked regularly Check to see if you have an irregular heartbeat Source: The Stroke Association
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FAST Symptoms and response to stroke: Facial weakness – can the person smile? Is his/her mouth or eye drooped? Arm weakness – can the person raise both arms? Speech problems – can the person speak clearly and understand what you say? Time to call 999
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stroke victims. In London, for example, 30 hospitals provided stroke services until two years ago, but staffing was patchy, meaning an ambulance crew could bring a stroke victim to a hospital’s emergency room only to find out there wasn’t a stroke specialist on duty. Now there are eight hyper-acute stroke units in London, including King’s, each ready to provide stroke care at any time. Research in the hospital
Dozens of research projects focused on stroke prevention or treatment are taking place at the Denmark Hill Campus, in both King’s College Hospital and the Institute of Psychiatry. While some research activities are exploring wholly new means to treat stroke victims, other projects look to push accepted treatments to new limits. For instance, current research at King’s Stroke Unit is attempting to double the window for how long thrombolysis can be used, from four and a half hours to nine hours; another project is attempting to determine other means of using inflatable leg compresses to further
reduce the likelihood of a stroke victim developing deep vein thrombosis. ‘There are anywhere between 15 and 20 trials taking place at any given time on the unit,’ says Reuben Lewis, Lead Clinical Studies Coordinator for the Stroke Unit. ‘The most important trials deal with hyperacute treatment, treating people within the first few hours of arrival. The trials really do have a significant impact, not just on the wards but also in setting policy, for example, looking at previous studies regarding thrombolysis, which led to treatment times being set at nought to four and a half hours. We are now running trials that might result in expanding the recommended treatment time to nine hours. This could end up changing international policy.’ Another current trial at the hospital focuses on stroke patients who have dysphagia, the inability to swallow; approximately 40 per cent of acute stroke patients suffer from this disorder, of whom around one-fifth develop aspiration pneumonia, a potentially fatal chest infection caused by foreign materials, often food or saliva, entering the bronchial tree. Although current guidelines have recommendations on the assessment, positioning and feeding of stroke patients to prevent chest infections, there are no guidelines for antibiotic use in these patients. King’s Stroke Unit is taking the lead in a national trial to study the benefits of a prophylactic approach in administering antibiotics to acute stroke patients before they display any symptoms of aspiration pneumonia. Whilst there have been a number of small, isolated trials focused on dysphagia in stroke patients, this is the first substantial study of this type undertaken; it seeks principally to reduce the number of acute stroke patients who develop aspiration pneumonia, which will in turn reduce the number of days a patient will spend on the ward rehabilitating, meaning that patients can return home sooner. The outcome of this study could reduce the overall cost of treatment per patient at a time when NHS budgets are at their tightest. ‘This type of research is very important,’ says Professor
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Lalit Kalra, who is overseeing this trial. ‘If successful, it will change medical practice and make a big difference for the patient in terms of outcomes.’ Repairing the brain
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you’ve got this disability,’ says Professor Jack Price, Head of the Institute of Psychiatry’s Centre for the Cellular Basis of Behaviour (CCBB). ‘It is the greatest cause of disability in the western world and the third biggest killer. We lose a lot of patients in that window of time after they have a stroke. They can stabilise but a lot of them go on to get pneumonia and die of various other causes. The best many can hope for is a wheelchair existence. It’s really grim.’ The suggested means for preventing stroke fall in line with doctors’ recommendations for avoiding other ailments (see box). However, even individuals living a relatively healthy lifestyle can suffer a stroke. King’s College London and three of the nation’s largest NHS Foundation Trusts – King’s College Hospital, Guy’s and St Thomas’, and South London and Maudsley – are collaborating as King’s Health Partners (KHP), with an explicit mandate to translate and expedite medical discoveries into patient care. Through KHP, researchers and clinicians have an unprecedented opportunity to work together in developing the fastest, most effective means to treat stroke and help stroke victims lead active lives. As a matter of course researchers are in regular contact with clinicians and stroke victims; there is a researcher in the King’s College Hospital Stroke Unit every day of the week. Markedly improved stroke care in the UK dates back to 2005, when the National Audit Office issued a report calling for a comprehensive approach to reduce the incidence of stroke and provide better treatment. Two years later the Department of Health released its National Stroke Strategy. ‘We realised that we weren’t meeting patients’ needs. People weren’t getting into the hospital fast enough,’ says Maria Fitzpatrick, Consultant Nurse for Stroke Management. Research showed that treatment within four and a half hours of a stroke made an incredible difference in terms of recovery. One of the strategy’s outcomes was the national FAST awareness campaign that prompted Bell to call 999 (see box). Another outcome was the creation of a limited number of ‘hyper-acute stroke units’ able to provide 24-hour emergency care for
While researchers in the Stroke Unit are exploring ways to treat stroke during its acute phase, next door Professor Price and his CCBB colleagues are pushing the boundaries into what was unthinkable only a few years ago: repairing a brain damaged by stroke. For more than a decade Professor Price has been testing the characteristics of stem cells, which have the capacity to generate all major
stroke victims, most notably an ability to protect the brain from further damage. ‘We started out thinking stem cells would be this wonderful repair mechanism in the sense they could replace lost tissue. It turns out that’s not what happens,’ says Professor Price. ‘What does happen is that the brain handles the damage much better going forward. Introducing stem cells somehow mitigates the loss of tissue. By grafting the cells you seem to encourage the brain to make more blood vessels and stroke is all about the loss of blood supply.’ Research at the centre has also shown stem cells modulate the brain’s immune response and improve its response to injury. Surgeons in the collaborative team injected stem cells into their first human volunteer in November 2010. Under conditions carefully prescribed by the UK Department of Health, they will eventually observe the impact of this therapy in a dozen volunteers during the trial. These are all individuals who have undergone a variety of therapies and have reached a stable state where little improvement would otherwise be expected. Professor Price believes this research will, within a decade, lead to real improvements in stroke victims’ physical ability, including use of their limbs. Whether this therapy can also restore cognitive functions, such as speech, he is hesitant to say. ‘Rats walk around and use their limbs, so we can test that,’ he says. ‘I can’t test whether a rat is going to improve linguistic performance, so this is an unknown. I am hopeful, but it’s beyond where we are right now. I don’t want to raise expectations.’ components of the adult nervous system. For Andre Bell, the expectation is that he The centre’s researchers hypothesised that will be able to live a healthy life. Because by grafting stem cells they could regenerate of the thrombolysis treatment he received at lost brain cells. King’s College Hospital he has made a full The injection of stem cells into the brain recovery. He says he will always be grateful of stroke victims shows great promise, to the Stroke Unit team that treated him. but not due to their regenerative power. ‘If I’d been taken to another hospital,’ In collaboration with the University of he says, ‘I wouldn’t have had the clot-busting Glasgow and ReNeuron, a for-profit drug and would have ended up paralysed, technology company established in part by the College, Professor Price and his colleagues or worse.’ have discovered that stem cells do not replace Visit alumni.kcl.ac.uk/news/records/stroke.aspx neural cells. However, extensive testing on to see another stroke survivor, David Reilly, stroke-induced rats indicates that stem cells interview Professor Lalit Kalra. provide three important mechanisms for
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In the scan of a stroke victim’s brain above, a ruptured blood vessel has resulted in an area of bleeding, shown in blue. Left, Jack Price, Head of the Centre for the Cellular Basis of Behaviour
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Community Alumni Weekend was a journey of the senses and a time to reconnect
at the National Gallery to enjoying the big band sounds of the KCL Jazz Society. Class years from 1946 to 2011 and 83 subjects were represented at this year’s Alumni Weekend, as well as every institution which has merged with King’s. Several alumni groups marked reunions (see next page) and more than 130 guests attended the Principal’s Lunch and Alumni Awards. As in previous years, tours led by academics proved popular, with many fully booked weeks ahead of time. Destinations included the British Museum and Globe Theatre. Despite steady rain on Sunday more than 70 alumni still turned out to view the Olympic Park. The weekend also brought its share of unexpected sights, including the World Naked Bike Ride, held annually to protest society’s dependence on oil, which passed by the Strand Campus. ‘Meeting the nude cyclists along Fleet Street was a surprise!’ said David Daw (German, 1961).
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For Geoffrey Gower-Kerslake (Law, 1968), Alumni Weekend affirmed that some of the best things in life remain steady through the years. ‘One of the greatest pleasures of the weekend is to meet the same people year after year, and to know that, in a rapidly changing world, there are some things that do not change and happy memories always endure,’ he observed. For Rosalind Kemp (Languages, 1957), the weekend was a reminder that when change comes it can be for the better. ‘As a member of the Chapel Choir I remember the Chapel as rather gloomy,’ she said. ‘Now it is light-filled and full of sumptuous colour.’ Kemp, Gower-Kerslake and nearly 500 other alumni, spouses and friends gathered in London during the second weekend of June to catch up with friends, reminisce and enjoy thoughtprovoking tours of London landmarks led by King’s professors. The theme of the weekend was Journey of the Senses, and guests had multiple opportunities to use their senses – from viewing treasures
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Together again Reunions highlighted Alumni Weekend for many
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Alumni Weekend provided the perfect setting for groups of alumni who wished to reunite with their classmates back on campus. Reunion groups included English, Geography and German alumni celebrating 50 years since graduating, dental alumni celebrating 10 years since qualifying, former Wellington Hall residents and Boat Club members. After enjoying a complimentary drinks reception especially for reunion groups in the River Room, alumni attended the Principal’s Lunch and Alumni Awards, where they were acknowledged by the Principal, Professor Sir Richard Trainor. Archive photographs from their days as students were displayed on the tables. All alumni celebrating their 50th and 25th anniversaries received a commemorative engraved glass. Angela Aggarwal, who led the 10th anniversary reunion for dental alumni, summarised the day by looking forward to future gatherings. ‘It was such a wonderful and memorable day for all of
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us who attended. Everyone wants to attend in five years’ time to mark 15 years,’ she said. Geoff Oxley, who led the 50th reunion group for English alumni, agreed, ‘It was an amazing day.’ Now is the time to start thinking about leading a reunion group for next year’s Alumni Weekend, 8-10 June, or
the Dental Alumni Weekend, 2-3 March. The Alumni & Community Relations Office would be delighted to help you organise your reunion and can offer you several benefits. Find out more by visiting alumni.kcl.ac.uk/ organiseareunion or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alumni Awards Alumnus/a of the Year Award, recognising an outstanding member of the alumni community who has achieved exceptional success in his or her field Michael Morpurgo OBE FKC (French & English, 1967) The Reggie Award, recognising contributions to Alumni Weekend and the King’s alumni community Valerie Beynon (Geography, 1961) Helen Hudson Award, recognising the exemplary contribution of a member of the King’s community to the College or to the alumni body Mary Hardy (Spanish & French, 1975) His Honour Judge John Toulmin FKC Annual Giving Award, recognising the outstanding commitment through philanthropic support and promotion of the annual giving programme Dr Shafik Sachedina (Guy’s, Dentistry, 1975) Professor Peter Emery (QEC, Nutrition, 1980) Alumni from class years 1946 to 2011 returned to celebrate
Whether celebrating their 10th or 50th reunion, it was an amazing weekend for alumni
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KCH Medics Class of 1971 Reunion
Friday 21 October 2011 Dulwich & Sydenham Hill Golf Club, Grange Lane, College Road, Dulwich SE21 7LH Forty years since qualifying, the class thought it would be fun to celebrate by meeting up for a meal and a chance to chat and compare retirement plans! The evening will begin with drinks at 19.00 followed by dinner at 20.00. Contact Beth Devonald at devonald@btinternet. com
Dental Alumni Weekend
Arts & Humanities Festival
24-30 October 2011 Strand Campus The week includes a series of lectures by King’s academics, exhibitions, round-table discussions and workshops. Please see alumni.kcl.ac. uk for more information.
19.00 and the Annual Dinner at 19.30. Diana Garnham (War Studies), Chief Executive of the Science Council, will speak at the event. Tickets cost £75; book early to avoid disappointment. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Principal’s US East Coast Tour
24-28 October 2011 New York, Washington DC and Boston The Principal and President, Sir Richard Trainor, will host a series of speakers asking ‘America: What Next?’ Each evening will continue with a reception. Please visit alumni.kcl.ac.uk for more information. KCLA Dinner and AGM
Friday 4 November 2011 The House of Lords, London King’s College London Association will hold its Annual General Meeting at 18.00 followed a reception at
14.00. The play, performed by Classics students in the original Ancient Greek, will be followed by tea and coffee in the theatre bar. RSVP to email@example.com
Saki Ruth Dockrill Memorial Lecture
Monday 7 November 2011 Great Hall, Strand Campus Professor Brian Bond, Emeritus Professor in the Department of War Studies, will give this year’s lecture, entitled ‘Distortions of Hindsight: Britain’s two World Wars with Germany’. The event begins at 17.30 and a reception will follow the lecture. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org Advent Carols
Friday 2 December 2011 The Chapel, Strand Campus The candlelit Advent Carol service,
which begins at 17.30, includes readings and a classical music performance by the Chapel Choir. The service is followed by a reception with mince pies and mulled wine. Tickets are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. They will be available to reserve from the Alumni & Community Office from 1 October, with a maximum of two tickets per person. RSVP to email@example.com KCLA Address
Thursday 9 February 2012 Governors’ Hall, St Thomas’ Hospital Professor Sir Cyril Chantler (Guy’s, Medicine, 1963) will give this year’s address. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
2-3 March 2012 Guy’s Campus Specialist meetings on Friday afternoon, the Dental Dinner on Friday evening and Clinical Day on Saturday. Online booking opens in mid-December. Brochures will be available in the next edition of InDent early in 2012. If your company would be interested in sponsoring the weekend, please get in touch at email@example.com Interested in organising a reunion? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how we can help. Fundraising events in aid of King’s Health Partners hospitals
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Sunday 4 December 2011, Greenwich Park Run five or 10 kilometres dressed as Santa. Silverstone Half Marathon
is a mostly residential street, bookended by Borough tube station and the Bricklayers’ Arms roundabout. Fortunately for hungry students living in the apartments there are a few eateries nearby, including one directly across the street – Morley’s. ‘Morley’s at 1 a.m. was an all-yearround, any-day-of-the-week, honourable tradition,’ Jeary recalls. ‘We would stay up late watching films in our pyjamas and then someone would utter the immortal words, “I’m hungry. Anyone fancy a Morley’s trip?” Being the stereotypical lazy student-types, we would usually just grab our trusty fake Ugg boots, put them on, tuck our pyjama bottoms into them and go. If it
Having met and fallen in love at King’s, Trevor and Hilary Cheeseman (both Theology, 1967) recently celebrated the 46th anniversary of their first date. Hilary: ‘There were 120 men to eight women in our year – rather a good ratio! One day the ladies were discussing the men we had met. Some had spoken to a nice man from New Zealand. He sounded a bit different, was quite old (26!) and had three degrees already, so I went and sat next to him and introduced myself.’ Trevor: ‘Hilary appeared quiet and friendly and I thought, “She’s nice.” She was wearing a light green roll-neck wool jumper. It is very clear in my memory still.’ Hilary: ‘He seemed really nice, with a lovely smile and wavy blond hair. He was, of course, too old for there to be any romantic interest! I got to know him better as a group of us would go to the refectory for coffee or tea after Hebrew lectures on Monday and Friday afternoons. We often used to sit next to each other and sometimes there would just be the two of us. One day Trevor asked me if I would like to
Sunday 11 March 2012 Reading Half Marathon
Sunday 1 April A 13-mile fundraising race. Brighton Marathon
Greek play & alumni reception
Friday 10 February 2012 Greenwood Theatre, Guy’s Campus Alumni are invited to attend the matinee performance of this year’s Greek play, Hecuba by Euripides, which begins at
Sunday 15 April 2012 London Marathon
Sunday 22 April 2012 Participate in one of the world’s largest marathons. London to Paris Cycle
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Hall of residence memories: late night nibbles Cheeseburgers, veggie burgers, fried chicken and crisps – tasty, inexpensive food to fuel undergraduates late into the night, available just across the street. That’s Ayesha Jeary’s fondest memory of Great Dover Street Apartments, a squat, solid, purposebuilt hall of residence with acres of glass. She was a resident of the apartments in her first year and a regular visitor during her final year, hanging out with friends until all hours. Known as Ayesha Patel then, a 2010 graduate with a philosophy degree, she and her friends enjoyed the apartments, but not particularly because of the building itself. Great Dover Street, an excellent starting point for exploring Southwark,
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go to lunch at LSE. Of course I said “yes” and the rest is history.’ Trevor: ‘That was the day I finally realised that this was an important and probably life-long friendship. Conversation came easily and we really enjoyed being in each other’s company. Somehow the whole world, and London in particular, seemed a so much more wonderful place in Hilary’s company.’ Hilary: ‘I was attracted by Trevor’s general enthusiasm. He had come from New Zealand, but enjoyed showing me round London as if I were the tourist. One of my favourite memories is walking round Clapham Common hand in hand, followed by a party which our friends had thrown to get us together. When we got to the party already holding hands, one of our friends exclaimed, “What a waste of chocolate biscuits!”’ Trevor: ‘As I was an ordinand of the Church of England, we had to get permission to marry from the Dean of King’s (Sidney Evans, remembered with reverend awe), the Bishop of Sheffield (my English sponsoring bishop), the Bishop of Auckland (my home bishop), and dear Miss Edwards, the Tutor to Women Theological Students, so the actual engagement, in Easter 1966, was a very publicly planned moment. I think that we had both pretty well assumed that we would end up marrying each other before either of us had put it into words.’ Hilary: ‘My advice for a long and happy marriage is to hang in there and work on it if things go wrong. Always be kind to each other.’
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The Incredible Adventures of Reggie was a bit nippy outside we’d shove a King’s hoodie on top first.’ Jeary said her night-time snacking entourage usually included three friends – the four of them are still in touch. ‘We’d either get a Morley’s veggie burger (far superior to the meat burgers) or Morley’s corn-on-the-cob before shuffling back into halls past the security guard, who of course had seen it all and didn’t raise an eyebrow!’ Do you have memories of a King’s hall of residence – or a hall of residence at one of our merged institutions? Please tell us about your favourite hall by writing to us and sending in your images of the hall. Please share your memories by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Readers of In Touch know Reggie has survived many dramatic encounters with UCL students. This incident from 1958, however, ended with a twist. The following account is taken from an article in King’s News, kindly sent in by Margot Watkins (English, 1958).
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Lured into UCL’s clutches with an invitation to the birthday party of their own mascot, Phineas Maclino, Reggie was kidnapped, tarred and feathered, and hoisted on to the roof of the college shop. Following a daring rescue by a team of engineers from King’s and an agreement to a truce, Reggie was lowered from the roof and given a thorough scouring. He then set out to wish Phineas many happy returns. Now read on: ‘Fourteen engineers pulled him up Kingsway, appropriately, and he was installed in UC’s lounge to the accompaniment of the usual friendly greetings. At 10.15 p.m., the party of
engineers recovered Reggie’s trolley, and set off down Malet Street feeling peaceful and happy. ‘Outside College Hall, however, this feeling was shattered when about 50 City and Guilds men set upon our small party. For a few minutes they fought alone, but providentially a large number of UC decided to help Reggie, and the situation was reversed. The inmates of College Hall, disturbed from their dressing, saw the fight continue for about half an hour until three squad cars, a Black Maria and two dogs came to investigate. ‘The situation was explained, and Reggie was escorted home by a squad
car, as the engineers had requested. So ended another engagement with our colleagues from the North. Perhaps the unexpected alliance heralds a period of co-operation and agreement with our traditional enemies. One can dream of Phineas and Reggie, arm in paw, reigning supreme over the lesser mascots of the district.’ Thank you to everyone who has sent us stories about Reggie. We’re always keen for more tales about King’s beloved mascot. If you have a Reggie adventure to share with us, please email it to email@example.com or mail it to the address on the Contents page.
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To find out what is happening in each region, please contact the alumni below. A listing of all alumni groups is also available online at alumni.kcl.ac.uk/connect UK alumni subject groups AKC Alumni Group Peter King (Law, 1970) firstname.lastname@example.org Bar Society Bahar Ala-Eddini (Law, 2007) email@example.com www.kclbarsociety.co.uk Dental Alumni Association Warren Birnbaum (KCSMD, Dentistry, 1971) firstname.lastname@example.org Geography Joint School Society Jo Crocker (Geography, 1956) email@example.com King’s College Construction Law Association (KCCLA) Joe Bellhouse (Construction Law, 1996) firstname.lastname@example.org www.kccla.org.uk King’s College London Engineering Association (KCLEA) Graham Raven (Civil Engineering, 1963) email@example.com Law Alumni Group Robin Healey (Law, 1968) firstname.lastname@example.org Theology & Religious Studies Giles Legood (Theology & Religious Studies, 1988) email@example.com
Other UK groups Former Staff Barrie Morgan (former Geography staff) firstname.lastname@example.org King’s Alumni Theatre Society (KATS) Kos Mantzakos (German & Modern Greek, 2001) email@example.com www.kats.swiit.net Queen Elizabeth College Association Dr Sally Henderson (QEC, Biochemistry PhD, 1980) firstname.lastname@example.org Southampton & Hampshire Tope Omitola (Mathematics, 1994) email@example.com Student and Alumni Boat Club Rachel Fellows (current student) firstname.lastname@example.org
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Brazil Eduardo Neto (Law, 1987)
I arrived in London in the late 80s as an LLM student for what was my first international experience. It was a much less interconnected world than today and I had never been out of Brazil before. The environment in the city and at King’s had a special atmosphere: languages, races and cultures intermingled, extending my up-to-then limited personal geography. The form of presentation of lecture subjects, with organised reading tasks before each class, also left an enduring impression and knowledge that serves me still today. I also benefited from the care and personal attention of professors such as Harry Rajak and Francis Jacobs. But, personal memories of small things count the most. King’s was then full of winding paths and corridors. On mornings I studied in the main library in the Strand campus, and at midday went along such paths to a faculty restaurant facing the river, or to a soothing concert in the library of the LSE. Work done, this gave me a sense of liberation and peace, not least because the corridors reminded me of mysteries in life still to come. Number of alumni in Brazil: 256 Most recent event: Reception for alumni and prospective students, April 2011
Belgium Kayvan Hazemi Jebelli (Law, 2009) I decided to do a postgraduate degree at King’s because I wanted to dive into a topic that I was interested in, and the wide range of competition law courses available really made this an exciting opportunity. What I wasn’t expecting was the deep sense of community I would feel as part of the King’s Postgraduate Law Society (PLS). One time, in dark and rainy November, I went on a PLS bus trip to Stonehenge. That was the plan at least, until the storm felled a massive tree in the middle of a narrow country road directly
between us and our destination. The local farmers’ trucks were too weak to clear the path but, undeterred, we piled out of the bus and got to work with our bare hands. After about 20 minutes of grunting and pushing in the pouring rain, the 40 of us overcame the seemingly herculean task. The trunk moved. Our bus driver and the line of cars that queued behind us broke out in horn-honking applause. We may have come from opposite corners of the world, but as King’s alumni we are all part of the same dynamic and empowering community. I know we can do amazing things together, and that’s why I choose to stay involved with the King’s alumni community today. Number of alumni in Belgium: 656 Most recent event: Summer Drinks, June 2011
Be part of Duel Day 2012 Duel Day is King’s annual commemoration of an extraordinary event that marked the foundation of King’s College London in the early 19th century. The Duke of Wellington, who was instrumental in the establishment of the College, held a pistol duel with the Earl of Winchilsea, a confrontation which is now the stuff of legend. Every year at the end of March, alumni all over the world gather to celebrate the anniversary of the duel and everything that has been achieved by the College since 1829. Organisers often take the duel as their theme and events in 2011 included a ‘duel of words’ in Belgium, a fencing
demonstration in Singapore and a black-tie dinner in Washington DC. If you would like to help organise a Duel Day celebration in March 2012, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Find out more about Duel Day at alumni. kcl.ac.uk/duel.
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Alumni groups Andy Parrish (Chemistry, 1966) This is the last Chairman’s Column before the expiry of my (first) three-year term of office, a period of much activity within KCLA and, of course, some momentous developments within the College. The issues we have faced have produced the conventional academic mix of elation and frustration, but such is life in any large institution. I have decided to stand for election for a second three-year term, as the constitution allows, at our AGM on 4 November, to be held (together with our Annual Dinner) at the House of Lords. Our guest speaker at dinner will be Diana Garnham (War Studies), currently Chief Executive of the Science Council. It will be a splendid occasion. KCLA has an ambitious and much-expanded agenda for 2011-2, embracing a wide range of alumni and student activities. By the time this magazine is published, I hope we shall have launched our new website to outline what we are doing. Many of these developments are geared to improving links to young alumni, where historically our record is lacklustre. Two recent graduates, Annoushka Amar and Emilie Tapping (former Union sabbaticals), have been co-opted on to Council to spearhead this effort. We are encouraged that the College has increased its support of our programme, recognising KCLA’s role in ensuring that King’s has an active and committed alumni base. We ourselves have formed the Alumni Giving Committee, under the chairmanship of Professor Stephen Challacombe FKC and comprising some distinguished alumni, designed to enhance the College’s current campaign, primarily by seeking eventually to double the number of alumni donors. This is a first for KCLA and reflects our strategic view that the Association needs to become more directly involved in the College’s future and financial wellbeing. Finally, I pay tribute to Ryan Wain, the retiring KCLSU President (and KCLA Council member), who has been an outstanding holder of that office, and warmly welcome his successor, Hannah Barlow. 34
Alumni advise students in Dubai Probably no corner of the world has seen more explosive growth during the past decade than Dubai, and 20 King’s students recently visited the booming emirate – with the opportunity to hear first-hand from alumni who are living and working there. The students travelled to the United Arab Emirates as members of the King’s College London Business Club (KCLBC). As part of their visit, KCLBC organised an alumni forum discussion on enterprise in the Middle
East and North Africa, which drew on the knowledge of alumni who know the region intimately. ‘The alumni panel session was extremely insightful and the highlight of the visit,’ said student Andrew Doyle, the club’s International Relations Director. ‘The opportunity to engage with leading alumni working in the region and draw on their experience was invaluable to us.’ Alumni volunteers also found the experience rewarding. Panellist
Organ scholarship in memory of Ernie Warrell Leroy Levy, who graduated with a construction law and arbitration degree, termed the event ‘thoroughly enjoyable’. ‘It was a real pleasure to see so many motivated and driven students. The interaction between alumni and students was fantastic and the event was professionally organised,’ he said. To learn about volunteering opportunities to help students with their future careers, please email email@example.com corbis
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Friends of the late EH ‘Ernie’ Warrell FKC have established a scholarship in memory of the much-loved organist. Warrell arrived at Southwark Cathedral in 1938. In 1953, Dean Sydney Evans invited Warrell to become College Organist and accept a Theology Department lectureship in church music. During his tenure with the College he trained more than 1,000 ordinands in liturgical music. Although he formally retired in 1991, Warrell continued to direct choirs comprised of former Chapel choral scholars. Organ scholars’ duties at King’s include assisting the Director of Music, accompanying the choir at evensong and the College Eucharist, and playing for daily Morning Prayer. To learn about the Ernie Warrell Memorial Organ Scholarship, please contact Oliver Perry via firstname.lastname@example.org. uk or call 020 7848 4701.
Volunteers needed for Museum of Life Sciences Opened by the Principal in 2009, the Museum of Life Sciences at the Gordon Museum on Guy’s Campus brings together zoological, botanical, pharmaceutical and other collections from King’s constituent colleges. Specimens date from the early 19th century and have been gathered from across the globe. Volunteer help is needed with curation, cataloguing, digitising and promotion. Alumni and former staff can volunteer as their commitments allow. The museum will try to match volunteers with their interests and experience, and provide the opportunity to acquire new skills. To learn more or to register your interest to volunteer at the Museum of Life Sciences, please email email@example.com
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Emirate of opportunity: King’s students had a first-hand look at Dubai
King’s College London Association KCLA is the alumni association for all former students, staff and friends of King’s and the colleges with which it has merged. All alumni are welcome to participate in the KCLA’s work by attending meetings and voting in its elections. KCLA will hold its next Annual General Meeting and elections on 4 November 2011. The following members will continue to serve on the Council: Patron
Archbishop Desmond Tutu FKC (Theology, 1965; MTh, 1966) Past President
Dame Jinty Nelson (Former staff, Emeritus Professor of Medieval History)
● Alison Taylor (Human
Professor The Lord Ian McColl of Dulwich CBE FKC (Guy’s, Medicine, 1957)
Environmental Science, 1990) The following positions are open for election this academic year:
Chairman Council members: there will be an
Steven Rhodes (Theology & Religious Studies, 1988) Secretary
Valerie Beynon (Geography, 1961) Elected members ● Waheed Aslam Khan (M.Sc
Management IT Law & Computing, 2010) ● Nicholas Goulding (Physics, 1968) ● Professor Patricia Reynolds (Guy’s Dentistry 1977) ● John Ricketts (War Studies, 2010) ● Alex Siddell (War Studies and History, 2001)
election for five positions on the Council. Nominations for elections may be made in writing to the Secretary (Valerie Beynon, c/o Alumni & Community Office, King’s College London, 138 -142 Strand, London WC2R 1HH) by any alumnus/a, accompanied by a seconder and the acceptance of the nomination by the member concerned. All nominations must be received by Friday 7 October 2011.
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Class notes While we make every effort to verify the information here, which is selected and edited for space, we cannot guarantee its accuracy. If you have concerns over any content, please contact the Alumni Office. And remember, you can also update your personal records at Alumni Online. Visit alumni.kcl.ac.uk
Chelsea College John Pearson
Physics, 1957 Turned 80 last year. Golden wedding this year. Marion Syms
Pharmacy, 1958 Now retired from University of Portsmouth and involved with the establishment of the Anglican University College of Technology in Ghana. Information from: marion. email@example.com. Valerie Williams (now Stemp)
Pharmacy, 1964 Retired from pharmacy in 1986 and am involved with the Mothers’ Union. Occasionally write a poem or meditate.
Medicine, 1945 Retired, and everyone is thankful!
Medicine, 1972 Retired from general practice and position as medical officer to Winchester College after 34 years in Winchester.
Medicine, 1951 Remain in good health in my 90th year. Still active.
Dentistry, 1960 Retired, living near Canterbury: grandchildren, garden, golf. John Maile
Patricia White (now Ashton)
Medicine, 1961 The four months of snow have gone. Everything is now green, the black bear checked our garbage last week, deer footprints about, eagles soar over the river and the hummingbirds are visiting the feeder.
Medicine, 1976 Have just returned from a four-month round-the-world cruise. Visited Christchurch five days before the earthquake, Indonesia as the tsunami hit Japan and Mumbai 24 hours before the World Cricket Cup Final.
Medicine, 1963 Lena and I enjoying our involvement in the University of the Third Age and travelling. Finally retired after part-time work with the Tribunal Service.
Medicine, 1978 Work: Director, Human Pain Research Group, Manchester University. Focus on brain mechanisms of pain perception and top-down control. Trying to encourage whole systems approach to pain management.
Christine Shepherd (now Osborne)
Biology, 1981 I would like to know about my classmates’ whereabouts, especially John Hoare.
Dentistry, 1966 Now 73 and still very active in different fields. I am an elected member of the Medical Council of Malta and Malta’s representative to FEDCAR, and later this year will take the Presidency. I am a board member on the Specialist Accreditation Committee and President of the Malta College of Dental Surgeons. Politically, I am on the Administrative and Executive Board of the Nationalists Party. In football circles, I am President of Sliema Wanderers, Vice-President of the Malta Football Association and Chairman of the Appeals Board. Regards to all of my good friends at Guy’s. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Immunology & Physiology, 1983 Became Professor of Immunology in 2010. My research group focuses on viral immunology, human endogenous retroviruses, autoimmunity. Mary Marsh
Environmental Biology, 1986 Originally an environmental biologist, then a chartered accountant, I’m now a furniture maker and have been accepted to display my work at ORIGIN 2011.
Judith Rutland (now Dawes-Warin)
Biochemistry, 1966 Group Medicine 1968. Now enjoying retirement in Devon.
Medicine, 1942 Age 94. Teaching new staff. Play piano for residents daily. 36
Medicine, 1972 Semi-retired after career in pharmaceutical industry. Now providing consultancy services in medical aspects of pharmacovigilance/ drug safety.
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Dentistry, 1968 Now fully retired from dentistry.
KCSMD Peter Wagerman
Dentistry, 1955 Retired after 47 years as Hendon general dental practitioner in 2007. National Chairman of the Association of Jewish Ex-servicemen and Women 2009-2010. Now a vice-president.
Theology, 1948 Published a book, The Snare is Broken, mainly about my five years as a prisoner of war in Poland.
Medicine, 1958 Currently Governor of Royal Surrey Hospital, Guildford Quaker. Shirley Payne
Dentistry, 1958 My husband Anthony Payne (Dentistry, 1959) died (Parkinson’s) in November 2010. Specialised in prosthetics. Subsequently Area Dental Officer for Hertfordshire.
Medicine, 1966 The 1965 graduates of King’s College Hospital reunion held in Bath 6-8 May.
Psychology, 1975 Senior Consultant in Psychiatry, Colombo, Sri Lanka. Working part-time in psychiatry. Regards to those who may remember me.
Civil Engineering, 1947 Living quietly in retirement, tending my large garden.
Medicine, 1958 I too have joined the ranks of the de-registered doctors. I don’t care for the situation but there are principles at stake! However, my son is rising in the NHS. He has just been appointed Director of Pathology at the Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth.
Medicine, 1985 I am a GP with a special interest in substance misuse. Making the transition from vociferous opponent of the marketisation of the NHS to reluctant commissioning board member.
Institute of Psychiatry
William Trevor Farrington
Medicine, 1990 I am now leading a small research group at the Peninsula Medical School.
Engineering, 1944 Would like to contact King’s engineers for the years 1940-44.
Elizabeth Cowlishaw (now Freeman)
Christopher Donovan (now Udenze)
Medicine, 1969 Have worked as a GP in Grimsby for 35 years. Now part-time, but actively involved in local NHS reorganisation. Della Minett-Westwood (now Cheshire)
Preclinical Medicine, 1996 Married Henry Cheshire on 4 August 2010. Writing for Cambridge ESOL and living aboard a yacht!
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Mary Hurrell (now Whittle)
English, 1948 Despite minor aches and pains, still enjoying cruises, holidays, gardening, drama and hobbies, and occasional visits to King’s (to hear Archbishop Tutu). Robert Knecht
History, 1948 I was promoted to the rank of Officier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques in August 2010. William Withnell
French, 1948 I would be delighted to see, or hear from, other alumni of my time (1945-8), especially George Cobley and Paul Gaddock. Yvonne Rochat
French, 1949 I remember Professor Denis Sarrat on Proust et al., RA Jones on Rabelais, Louise Stone on Ancien Français and Madame Vigne. Still have photo of Honours French students 1946-7. Indelible memories! I was a ‘King’s Scholar’, studying the DipEd at King’s (1949-50). Presumably the ‘King’ was George IV, the ex-Prince Regent? Mary Austin
Mathematics & Physics, 1952 We are now settled back in the UK, having been home in Milton Keynes since January 2009.
Civil Engineering, 1939 Still around but not very mobile.
Civil Engineering, 1953 I reinvented myself as a maritime
historian and am busy lecturing on cruise ships. We live in Cambridge.
Theology, 1957 I survived a subdural haemorrhage last year. God obviously still has work for me to do!
Civil Engineering, 1954 While in Sydney at the beginning of March I met up and had lunch with Alan Bonham (King’s, Engineering, 1954) who lives there. We had not seen each other since graduating, so there was a lot to talk about. Jeffrey Gordon
Law, 1955 Commenced a career as a solicitor 60 years ago (at King’s part-time 1952-5). One of only 18 to complete my 31st successive London Marathon. Still working more than full-time in criminal practice. Derek Yandell
Physics, 1955 Janet and I still reasonably well although I am now registered partially sighted.
Jill Tanner (now Lee)
Theology, 1957 When I left King’s I taught religious studies at the Camden School for Girls, and I was most grateful to Professor Winnington-Ingram, the Head of Classics at King’s, and his wife, who invited me to live in their lovely house overlooking Hampstead Heath, designed by Ernö Goldfinger. After our marriage my husband and I moved south of the river where I have taught religious studies ever since, apart from a six-year break when our sons were born, and one year of teaching in Africa, when my husband was posted there with the UN. For many years I kept in touch with King’s through the Blackwell Club, which sadly has now been disbanded, but a number of us keep in touch
through the Inter-Collegiate Society. King’s has been a part of my life for more than half a century and I am very attached to it. I do hope that many of you will make a donation to the College and your own faculty in your wills, as I have done, so that future generations will benefit from all that King’s has to offer its students and the wider world. Colin Dawe
Theology, 1959 President, Tooting Rotary Club, 2010-11. Honorary Alderman, Wandsworth Borough Council, 2006-present. Deputy Mayor of Wandsworth 2002-3; Mayor 2003-4. Andrew Thomson
History, 1960 Still purposefully active in Winchester. Did a doctorate at 65 (Henry Roseveare of King’s, supervisor). Book imminent. Still teaching history and Latin at 72. Glad to hear from contemporaries. Ann Whitfield (now Everitt)
Blogging for justice ’Toyin Ajao
’Toyin Ajao is a 33-year-old blogger determined to have her voice heard. Ajao, who studied at King’s through a Peace and Security Fellowship, writes a widely read blog, Gender and Me (genderandme.blogspot.com), focusing on equality and justice. Earlier this year she was one of three bloggers – out of 250 applicants – selected as winners in a global public health competition. Her prize was a week-long trip to Kenya to learn more about the connection between water and public health. Two years earlier she received an International Activists Scholarship from the US-based BlogHer. ‘My over-arching philosophy is simple: attitudes need to change,’ says Ajao, who lives in Lagos with her husband. ‘A blogger can make a lot of impact in reducing the prevalence of corruption. Like they say, news travels fast, and blogging about things of importance in one’s community gets picked up by many people, including the stakeholders who can look at how to bring about change.’ Ajao also contributes to Free2Run (free2runonline.com.ng), an online news source that provides ‘an avenue to promote and share stories of women
that you hardly hear about in Nigeria press.’ She adds that her fellowship through the African Leadership Centre enhanced her analytical thinking skills. ‘The commitment to build the new generation of independent thinking and accountable leaders in Africa is outstanding,’ she says. ‘My aspiration is to be one of the builders of a world of equality, a world where diversity is respected and values for peoples’ lives are paramount – a world where religion and culture are not used as weapons of dispute and destructions, where leaders serve and not steal, where everyone does not pretend to love one another but does so straight from the heart.’
English, 1960 Enjoying retirement and reasonable health in the West Country. I play the organ in a local church. We both travel regularly, especially to Australia. We’re in touch with several alumni. Hannah Williams
German, 1960 I met my late husband, then a postgraduate engineer, at King’s in 1957. We married in 1970 after our paths crossed twice post-King’s. I returned to Scotland in July after three years in Valencia. Language-learning is definitely slower in one’s 70s, but I coped! Colin Pritchard
Theology, 1962 Still enjoying an active retirement in church, for the Wildlife Trust and in the local community. Stephen Williams
History, 1962 Thank you for sending me In Touch. I enjoy reading it very much. Craig Clarke
Creating a generation of independent thinkers
Geography, 1963 Biennial reunion of King’s and LSE Joint School geographers, Class of 1963, in Scarborough in July. autumn 2011 IN TOUCH
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Joy Crispin (now Crispin-Wilson)
Philosophy, 1963 For several years I have been a lay member of King’s Research Ethic Committees. I am a consultant to various professions on ethics policies.
Modern Languages, 1966 Have now moved to the other side of the Thames in Oxford for our retirement – 13 stairs instead of 47! Still very active in church choir and classes in art/ architectural history
Theology, 1969 Publications: Social Work: Thornybauk (2011), The Edinburgh Cyrenians (2010). Fiction: Murder in the Chess Club & Other Stories (2011), Dream Under the Hill (2009).
Civil Engineering, 1971 I was part of the honorary guard for HRH Reggie when the Duke of Edinburgh visited the Strand Campus in 1968. On leaving, he was asked to kiss HRH Reggie. He declined, saying: ‘An HRH does not kiss another HRH.’
Zoology, 1964 My book The Devil’s Dogs has been published. A crime thriller set in the New Forest it reveals the secretive and brutal world of dog fighting.
Theology, 1966 Recently led a pilgrimage to Holy Island. First visit since 1964 when 16 of us, many from King’s, drove there and back. It was much easier by plane and coach!
German, 1964 Would like to renew contact with Stella Kingston (German, 1965). Any information gratefully received. Contact 01227 769232. Tom Mason
Civil Engineering, 1964 Retired from Robert Gordon University but remain active in business and travel to China regularly.
Law, 1966 Five-year visiting professor in Sports Law at Coventry University.
John Baumber Adrian Rhodes
Mechanical Engineering, 1970 After retiring and gaining a British Archaeology Diploma from Oxford University, I am Chairman of the Buildings & Monuments Committee for Wiltshire, reviewing listed building consents on behalf of the Council for Archaeology. I am also a fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.
Jennifer Haas (now Pegg)
History, 1969 I retire this year from teaching after 36 years in Italy, Germany, Spain and the UK. My retirement will be spent between England and France.
French, 1970 We have finally made our ‘escape to the country’ although unfortunately Chris’s health is now not good.
Theology, 1971 I have assumed the position of President of the European Association for Psychotherapy (EAP). It represents 120,000 psychotherapists and over 200 organisations. My first engagement will be to represent the EAP at the World Congress in Sydney; tough gig! My psychotherapy work is in the NHS and private practice. In another life I am also a Church of England clergyman – an Honorary Canon based at Manchester Cathedral. Quite an interesting mix.
More than 40 years after her death, Judy Garland’s legend lives on, thanks to fans who were too young to have known her in life. Gary Horrocks (History, 1987) was a young boy in Manchester when Garland died in 1969, but her life touched his – and now he is helping keep her legacy alive for future generations. Horrocks, Director of Student Experience Support at King’s, has been editor of the Judy Garland International Club journal since 1998. The publication isn’t simply a fan magazine; it takes a scholarly approach to Garland’s life, providing insights and observations into her career, backed by archival research and rare photographs. ‘Judy had a wicked sense of humour and a sharp intellect, and was acutely aware and often bemused by the “legend” that built up around her during her lifetime,’ says Horrocks. ‘She’s too often painted as either Dorothy Gale from The Wizard of Oz or as some tragic figure when in effect she worked non-stop for 42 of her 47 years and left an enduring legacy. Her CV is impressive in every medium – film, radio, recordings, live concert
Mathematics & Physics, 1971 Now retired as Head of Science at Whitgift School. My wife and I run sensational science road shows for schools, mainly in the south east.
appearances, dance, comedy – and her association with and love for London is fascinating.’ Fans established the club in 1963, in London, with Garland’s blessing. The society (judygarlandclub.org) is going strong nearly half a century later, comprised of people who knew the entertainer personally as well as younger members, such as Horrocks, who discovered Garland as they grew up. Garland embraced her fans, says Horrocks. She arranged for club
members to attend recording sessions and on one especially memorable afternoon she attended a club meeting at London’s Russell Hotel in 1964, watching two of her movies with club members and entertaining them with a few songs. ‘In the final analysis, the voice and her superlative interpretation of the American songbook fascinate me,’ he says. ‘Life magazine described her singing as “rich as caramel, solid as lava” – sincere, unrestrained and right from the heart.’
Catherine Longworth (History, 1991) is celebrating 20 years since graduating from King’s. ‘It transformed my life from that of a part-time working mum to an independent woman in my own right. I think I was welcomed at King’s because I was a mature student and would therefore be a bit of swot – which I was! David Starkey’s lectures were always full and fascinating, David Carpenter was inspirational and the wonderful but scary Conrad
Fiona Cawsey (now Dick)
Latin, 1980 Retired from the Civil Service in March 2010. Have set up own communications company, Phidelta. Also fundraising for The Fountain Centre in Guildford and trustee of Caritas Social Action Network. Andrew King
Physiology, 1980 Elected a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2011. William Burton
Susan Macleanan (now Brough)
Philosophy & Theology, 1972 I am now semi-retired, only working two days a week. This allows us to develop our leisure pursuits and to travel more extensively.
From left, Dr Justin Sturge, Lorna Luft (Garland’s daughter), Gary Horrocks and Barry Manilow
Remembering a voice ‘rich as caramel, solid as lava’ Gary Horrocks
‘King’s changed my life!’
Mechanical Engineering, 1982 I have been Group Chief Executive leading the turnaround of tour operator Page and Moy, which also owns brands Travelsphere and Just You, for nearly three years now.
Mathematics, 1972 I retired from the University of West England, Bristol, at the end of 2010. In ‘retirement’ I am chair for two conferences, HealthGrid 2011 and IEEE Computer-Based Medical Systems 2011.
Life Sciences, 1982 Completed 10 years at a Bangalore software company while running a small UK product-based company supplying software solutions to higher education. Liam Brennan
Mechanical Engineering, 1972 Now retired after 38 years in the defence industry, and living ‘peacefully’ in Cornwall.
Medicine, 1983 I am a consultant paediatric anaesthetist in Cambridge. Recently elected to the Council of the Royal College of Anaesthetists. I am chair of the FRCA Board of Examiners.
Geography, 1978 Currently working as support manager for a large energy consultancy. To get in touch, email email@example.com.
History, 1984 Principal analyst in Defence Policy Analysis Group. Working on
Russell made me read my essays out loud – just him and me!’ Longworth’s degree gave her the confidence to stand for election as a councillor on Westminster City Council, and she rose through the ranks until she was appointed Lord Mayor of the City of Westminster in 2004. ‘The role is apolitical and ambassadorial. I carried out duties such as greeting the Queen, visiting schools and paying civic visits abroad.’ Longworth also became a non-executive director of Westminster Primary Care Trust, a trustee on
stabilisation and counterinsurgency policy, doctrine and modelling. Dave Musker
Biology, 1984 Recently appointed as the Borough Commander of the London Borough of Wandsworth. Had principal command role at the Royal Wedding and will be significantly involved in policing the London Olympics 2012. Luca Corabi
Law, 1986 In May 2011, we had a 25th anniversary reunion in Paris, with some of the 1985-6 LLM friends coming from Italy, France, Greece, Canada, Germany, Spain and (British) Guyana.
A life transformed
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Great time doing this, although 20 years earlier would probably have been more beneficial to my career. A pharmacology reunion for the Class of 1987-8 would be great.
Chris Dixon (now Kurihara-Dixon)
French, 1988 My band, Edward’s Operation, is currently (finally!) in the process of recording its first album. Drum and keyboard parts done, guitar parts next! Check us out: edwardsoperation.com Sara Whitfield (now Gil-Mast)
Pharmacology, 1988 Moved back to Germany last August after five great years in New Jersey, where I found time to be a graduate student while my husband was following his career. Just defended my thesis at the
Biotechnology, 1991 In January 2011 I set up Cox PharmaConsulting Ltd and started my first contract as a pharmacovigilance consultant.
Philosophy, 1989 Assistant editor at Philosophy Now magazine, presenter of Philosophy Now radio show on Resonance FM, and author of The Metarevolution, available from amazon.co.uk David Kinnison
Chemistry, 1989 Married with two children. Chair of the University Chemistry Safety Forum. Enjoying life on my smallholding.
Gillian Cox (now Stoker)
English, 1988 I have recently been translating sections of a Portuguese website into English for an architectural foundation in Porto: fims.up.pt.
a number of charities and Chairman of Governors of an independent girls’ day school – ‘where I could hold my head up high amongst the academics, being a proud possessor of a degree from King’s College London.’ She concludes, ‘I am now more or less retired with eight grandchildren to nurture. I have wonderful memories of Kings, from concerts in the chapel to drinks with my fellow students. I do wonder what has happened to the history class of 1991. Wherever you are, I hope you are as happy and fulfilled as I am.’
Marianne Deconinck (now Rance)
English & French Law, 1991 Please contact me if you’d like to get involved with The Science Museum. Katherine Delargy
Pharmacy, 1991 Have recently become a parent governor at my children’s school and am on the council of the College of Mental Health Pharmacy. Mark Middleton
Shayala de Soysa (now McRae)
1990 Actuarial consultant at Lane Clark & Peacock. Mother to Robert, born at King’s College Hospital in November 2007. Living in south-east London. Would love to hear from any contemporaries. Philip Palmer
Philosophy, 1990 Slowing down, dodgy knees, memory tricky, but three publications last year and three more on the way, albeit slowly. Colleagues say my Philosophy BA has made me more argumentative. So be it, a logical refutation. Elaine Smith
Education, 1990 Contact Elaine@easmith.myzen.co.uk.
Mathematics, 1991 By day a partner at Linklaters in the City; by night still partying in Soho with Andrew, my life partner of eight years! Would love to hear from old friends. Michele Nerantzis
French & Modern Greek, 1991 Still enjoying life in Luxembourg. Took on responsibility for marketing and communications activities of all HSBC business here in December 2010. Still busy refurbishing our farmhouse deep in the Luxembourg countryside! Maroof Raza
War Studies, 1991 Based in New Delhi. To know more about current activities, please visit maroofraza.com. autumn 2011 IN TOUCH
Class notes Richard Morris
Classics, 1992 I am following my wife to Paris and will miss London. Having been born, raised and educated here, then given the polish of a King’s BA, I have arrived at this milestone in my 100 per cent London life and am wondering what things are like outside west London. Now we’ll see. Au revoir, King’s College London! Catherine Taylor (now Gough)
Environmental Sciences, 1992 I have just gained a studentship from the University of Leicester to study for a part-time PhD in Education Research. The focus of my research will be education for sustainable development, a subject I currently lecture on at Bicton College in Devon. I’m also mum to Keira (eight) and Callum (six). Nigel Booth
Law & German Law, 1993 Got married January 2010 and expecting first baby in July 2011. David Gomezulu
Chemistry, 1993 I joined the Pyrethrum Company of Tanzania in 2009. I am now the quality control manager of a primary care trust. Deborah Okpala
Education, 1993 Since retirement I have travelled more and refurbished my house. Freelance research on child protection, and health promotion in the community. I help out in some church activities as well. Jens Tinga
LLB, 1993 I am now working in Brussels for the European Federation for Retirement Provision.
Call +44 (0)20 7848 3053 for more information about our alumni services and benefits in 2001. I am now an artificial heart specialist at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust UK.
Brothers in charms
company Coloured Rocks now produces three channels: Gems TV, Gems Extra and Jewellery Maker.’ The company has a strong philanthropic ethos, supporting ethical mining and investing in the communities where its gemstones are mined, funding education and
healthcare facilities. A true family business, 11 family members are now involved. ‘We have common goals and can work closely together in complete honesty and trust,’ says Bennett. ‘We all have the same passion for what we do but, luckily, each has a different focus and skill set. The only slight downside is that you rarely switch off. My wife runs the Jewellery Maker channel so much of our conversation is about work. However, this is also probably one of the strengths of the business as we come up with great ideas while talking things through outside of the office.’ Bennett’s plans for the future are to ‘get more involved in the development of our charitable projects and spend more time working out new ways for us to benefit gemstone mining areas’. And there may be more business opportunities yet to come. ‘For me,’ he says, ‘the buzz of building a business is irresistible.’
Biochemistry, 1994 After working a few years at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in finance, I have moved to Poole, Dorset, with my family. Have two children, Joshua (six) and Yochekel (19 months).
Aquatic Resource Management, 1995 I am still in the Washington area, working on environmental due diligence for donor-funded projects in developing countries.
Portuguese & Brazilian Studies, 1998 Software developer for the Visual Arts Data Service.
Computer Science, 2004 I have just completed a five-year stint in Kuwait working in banking. Now back in London and have been with UBS Investment Bank for about a year.
John Bennett (Law, 2002) started working for his brother’s computer business whilst taking his GCSEs. The brothers developed this firm into a mail order company which launched one of the UK’s first online stores. Returning to education at 22, Bennett read law at King’s. ‘King’s took a chance on me and let someone with no A-levels or academic training fulfil the ambition of studying law.’ After receiving his degree and completing the Bar Vocational Course, Bennett returned to the family business: his brother had just sold Gems TV, a shopping channel specialising in gemstones and jewellery, and the pair started planning a venture selling wine on TV. That endeavour didn’t work out, so in 2008 they moved back to jewellery. ‘In 2010 we purchased Gems TV back again and our
Nursing Studies, 1994 Having retired from King’s College London, I am now trustee, clinical adviser and fundraising events person for the Helen Bamber Foundation. On research ethics committee at Royal Marsden Hospital. On Department of Health Advisory Group as lay member for Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards.
John has built a gem of a business
Matty Eyre (now Tong)
History, 1996 Married to Simon, mother of Lily (11) and Angelica (five). Head of Planning at Publicis Advertising Agency.
Education, 1994 Proud father of three-year-old twin boys. Tara Banerji (now Swart)
Life, Basic Medical & Health Sciences, 1994 Andrew Tidmarsh and I have just had a book published by Nick Hern Books. The title is An Attitude for Acting. 40
Nursing Studies, 1994 Now working as a health visitor. Dimitri de Bournonville
Commercial & Corporate Law, 1995 After seven years spent with TNT (as Legal and Insurance Director) I became a partner of the global aviation and transport law firm Gates and Parterns. I opened and lead the firm’s Brussels office.
Pharmacy, 1999 The receipt of In Touch always brings back memories of my time studying pharmacy at King’s from 1996-9. It was inspirational to study pharmacy at the Chelsea Campus.
Joanne Duggan (now Sumner)
1998 I now run two businesses: my own coaching and yoga studio (joannesumner. com) and a business network for female entrepreneurs (theathenanetwork.com).
English, 1999 New book published in June, This Precious Isle, available at troubador.co.uk.
Mandy Wilsdon (now Myers) Paul Attridge
Law, 1998 I have been promoted to partner at Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP. Part of my role includes developing stronger links between the firm and King’s.
Philosophy, 2002 I am currently working at Harper House, a specialist tertiary service for children and adolescents with neuro-developmental problems. Our team specialises in multidisciplinary diagnosis, assessment and treatment interventions. Neelam Halari
Nutrition & Dietetics, 2003 Good learning experience at King’s. Amazing to know/remember that I was part of the College and to see where I am now with my degree.
Education-Science, 2001 After 10 years as Director of Studies at Ardingly, watching the College go from strength to strength, I have finally undertaken National Professional Qualification for Headship and am moving to Bangkok as Head of Senior at Shrewsbury International School. Rachel Hards
Nursing Studies, 2002 Left the Florence Nightingale Institute
Shakespeare Studies, 2005 Wrote The Guardian column Who says Christians and Muslims cannot live together? 30 December 2010.
Classics, 2006 Delighted to report that I married Dr Sophie Vergnaud (GKT, 2006) in July.
English Language & Literature, 2009 I am getting married in May 2012. Michaela Clarke
James Hacker Hughes Luke Malpass
War Studies, 2005 Army captain, deploying to Afghanistan and hoping to start an MA.
War & Psychiatry, 2007 Head of Defence, Clinical Psychology and Defence Consultant Advisor in Psychology, Ministry of Defence. Still living in Essex with wife Katy and son Ben.
Physiotherapy, 2005 New clinics at the Chelsea Consulting Rooms in Chelsea and Temple, EC4Y.
American Studies, 2009 I qualified as a primary school teacher in July 2010. I now work in Lewisham in a Year 5 class. Becoming PE co-ordinator this year. Georgianna Joseph
Chemistry & Mathematics, 2005 Married with a baby girl, Heidi.
European Studies, 2007 I am about to launch Ardmay House International Summer School offering English language tuition and adventure activities to students from across the world, aged eight to 16, in the heart of the Scottish countryside.
Nutrition, 2009 It was hard in the beginning to find a job, but I was lucky enough to find a great one. Just finished my master’s degree in health management, which opened many doors for me. I might be young, but I’m stronger to deal with healthcare industry obstacles.
Nursing Studies, 2005 I retired in 2010 due to personal reasons. Have been doing a lot of travelling to Africa and a cruise to the Bahamas and spending time with my grandchildren.
Digital Culture & Technology, 2008 Enjoyed my MA at King’s! Presently an editor and freelance music journalist while pursuing an LLB as an external London University student.
Text & Performance Studies, 2010 Completed PGCE at Kent and Medway Training.
English, 2006 Graduated in 2011 with an MA in Modern and Contemporary Literature from Birkbeck.
Text & Performance Studies, 2008 I work as an actor, director and translator. My production of the new play The Princess, by Melody Parker, showed at the Etcetera Theatre in August 2011. Please visit my website melinatheo.com.
Helen Walls (now Granger)
Leean Pindar (now Young)
Classical Studies with English, 2003 Married in 2009 to Sam Young (Classics, 2003) – we met on our first day at Stamford Street in 2000!
French with Management, 2005 Married Sathah Razui (also Class of 2005, French with Management) in 2009. Recently admitted as a member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.
Mechatronics, 2006 Joined the Network Rail Graduate Scheme in September 2009 on the electrical route to charter ship. Two years in I have gained good experience towards meeting competencies.
Clinical Forensic Psychology, 2008 Currently doing doctorate in clinical psychology at University of Surrey.
English, 2010 Currently studying for a PhD at King’s in 19th century English literature. Tom Matier
Anatomy & Human Biology Since leaving King’s I spent six months in Canada and later worked across the London Borough of Barnet delivering library stock to house-bound people. From 2000 to 2005 I attended Birkbeck College for classes in ecology and conservation. Later I undertook a creative writing course at Birkbeck
Making surgical information more widely available Riaz Agha
Theology, 1998 I was married to Robert Bidwell Bibow in Cornwall this year.
In 2003, two years before he graduated from King’s with an MBBS with distinctions, Riaz Agha founded the International Journal of Surgery (IJS), a peer-reviewed, multi-disciplinary journal indexed in PubMed. It has since received 3,000 submissions and over 300,000 article downloads. It is available in 4,000 institutions globally and in 2009, the IJS affiliated with the Association of Surgeons in Training, the largest organisation for trainee surgeons in the United Kingdom with
2,400 members. More recently Agha launched Elsevier’s first open access journal, IJS Case Reports (casereports. com). Agha, currently a trainee surgeon at Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in East Grinstead, also created WikiSurgery.com. Launched in 2006, it is now the largest free surgical encyclopaedia on the internet, with more than 5,000 articles. Agha also sits on the Council for the Committee on Publication Ethics and the Web Committee for the World Association of Medical Editors. He has
‘An inspirational entrepreneur’
used his web expertise to build two military websites for NATO, one of which was used for the co-ordination of a submarine escape and rescue exercise involving 30 nations. Such work prompted the then-Secretary of State for Business and Enterprise, the Rt. Hon. John Hutton MP, in his keynote address at Enterprise Week 2007, to single out Agha as an ‘inspirational entrepreneur’. Agha considers King’s ‘the best place to train in medicine’ and has fond memories of ‘sipping coffee on the lawn outside New Hunt’s House’.
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(2006-9). Last autumn The Big Issue published a poem of mine. Megan Murray-Pepper
English Currently studying for a PhD in English Literature at King’s.
Queen Elizabeth College
Royal Dental Hospital Derek Debuse
Dentistry, 1966 Retired now apart from an honorary role in the Department of Sedation and Special Care Dentistry. In close contact with Edwina Vidd, Peter Lee, Derek Roberts and Terry Hunt.
Sally Belton (now Parsonage)
Nutrition & Dietetics, 1968 Back in the UK after five years in the USA – and relaunching my consultancy business!
Dentistry, 1974 Just retired after 37 years in dentistry.
Nursing Studies, 1978 What are the 1989 and 1990 years for physiology, pharmacology, medicine and dentistry up to these days? I have great memories of the clinical neurosciences year investing many hours in the Anatomy Lecture Theatre and dissecting room.
fibrillation and congestive failure, but OK now. Aren’t those beta-blockers miraculous? Spoke to Alex Poton on the phone; we went to Chelsea together. Anybody else left?
Dentistry, 1984 Appointed Clinical Director Dental Services CHCP Hull, 1 January 2011.
Medicine, 1957 Now fully retired from farming my land but run a small ‘exempted’ caravan and camping site.
Medicine, 1954 I have given up skiing and sailing but continue to walk the hills, study mathematics and travel with my art historian wife Juliet. I am determined to remain on the medical register until I drop. Ian Phillpotts
Medicine, 1955 In Touch seems to be all about King’s. Can we please have much more about St Thomas’? Dennis Surtees
Medicine, 1955 Emigrated July 1957. Still going strong.
Medicine, 1947 Just out of hospital with sudden atrial
Medicine, 1956 Enjoying life in a Dartmoor village.
Medicine, 1957 Now 82 and hemiplegic but having fun in a wheelchair, getting up to 2,000 feet in the Lake District. When fishing from a wheelchair be sure to apply brakes first! St Thomas’ contemporaries please phone 019 9382 4798. Peter Weller
Medicine, 1969 Retired from NHS clinical work in November. Trustee at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charities. Duncan Matheson
Medicine, 1970 Now retired as Consultant Breast Surgeon at Macclesfield. Enjoying photography, bell ringing, gardening and time to stand and stare!
Obituaries On these pages we remember former students, staff and friends of King’s and its associated colleges and institutions. In Touch makes every effort to accommodate fitting tributes, and friends, family and former colleagues are welcome to submit obituaries to firstname.lastname@example.org. However, constraints occasionally mean we may have to edit the entries Roma Bacheldor (latterly Guiri) AKC
King’s, Law, 1968 Roma Bacheldor met her husband Rene on an exchange trip to France during her final year at King’s. They married soon after, and moved to Tenerife, where their daughters, Nathalie and Valerie, were born. She became a legal translator for the nascent European Commission in Brussels, later returning to France to become an advisor to the appeal court in Toulouse. She developed a severe form of polyarthritis in 1982 and lived with this for 28 years, displaying great strength, courage and dignity throughout. Dr Chris Buckingham
King’s, Medicine, 1952 Chris Buckingham became determined to be a doctor while a young prisoner of war in Changi after the fall of Singapore. So wrote Russell Braddon in The Naked Island, his account of life in the notorious prison camp in which Buckingham featured prominently as an immediate neighbour. Dissatisfied by knowing ‘nothing very much about anything’ and by ‘abscesses which frequently needed lancing’, Buckingham ‘decided abruptly that one day he would know a great deal about medicine’, Braddon wrote. And so he did, returning home after the camp was liberated by the Allies, studying first at Norwich City Technical College, then at King’s, where he ‘won gold medals all the way through his course,’ wrote Braddon, not to mention the 1947 Thames Challenge Cup at Henley, rowing for the first eight. After qualifying he became a GP in Luton, and also worked as team doctor for Luton Town FC and as circuit doctor at Silverstone, later becoming Chief Medical Officer for the British Grand Prix for some 30 years. Ann Curnow QC
King’s, LLB, 1955 A formidable and exceptional barrister, and a fair and thoughtful judge, Ann Curnow was a pioneer in a profession largely dominated by men. Educated at 42
St Hilda’s School in Whitby, then King’s, she was called to the Bar in 1957 by Gray’s Inn. So began an enormously distinguished career during which she was appointed Junior and Senior Treasury Counsel at the Central Criminal Court, QC, a Master of the Bench at Gray’s Inn, Chairman of Victim Support, Lambeth, a member of the Parole Board, a member of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board and a Recorder. In over 50 years as an advocate she appeared in courts at every level from the Magistrates’ Court to the House of Lords. Renowned for her powerful and tenacious crossexaminations, she was always courteous, although, wrote The Times, ‘capable of the odd sly dig’. Once, when a defendant in a rape case asked for a glass of water, she replied, ‘Of course. I daresay all these dreadful lies you are telling must make your mouth awfully dry.’ In 1981 she married Neil Denison, also a successful barrister, QC and judge.
Friend, mentor and inspiration Professor Lady Noreen Murray CBE FKC
King’s, Botany, 1956 Scientist, businesswoman and innovator, Professor Lady Noreen Murray was instrumental in guiding molecular biology from a fledgling discipline to a global industry. Her career consisted of many firsts. In 1967, she was a member of the MRC Microbial Genetics Unit, located in the UK’s first Department of Molecular Biology. Alongside her husband, Professor Sir Kenneth Murray, she went on to conduct work which was at the forefront of the recombinant DNA revolution. ‘This was a seismic event ultimately affecting all areas of biology and making possible much of modern biotechnology,’ wrote The Independent. ‘Their pioneering work
put the UK at the head of this revolution in research, and the technology and tools that they developed have had lasting impact.’ In the early 1980s together they developed the world’s first genetically engineered vaccine, against hepatitis B. They invested the proceeds in the Darwin Trust of Edinburgh, a remarkable example of philanthropic leadership that funded many students through PhD and other degree qualifications. She loved research, was an excellent mentor and was inspirational both by example and through her lectures, all at a time when it was not always easy for women to make a career in science. She was also a close friend and supporter of King’s, a relationship that was recognised in 2006 when she was made a Fellow of the College. ede and ravenscroft
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King’s, Law, 1990 Born and educated in Oklahoma, where she earned a degree in nuclear medicine, Deborah Garvin accepted an invitation to study law at King’s, before moving to San Diego in 1994. There, she practiced as an attorney for 17 years and also became the inspiration behind the King’s Southern California Alumni Group – its first meeting was at her home. Open and friendly, she was a tireless motivator for the group, and was always passionate about her time and studies at King’s. ‘She was passionate about her time and studies at KCL and she really wanted to reach out to her fellows here,’ said Chris Williams. Dr Georgina Henry (latterly Jolliffe)
Chelsea College, Pharmacy Fondly remembered by many pharmacy students as a favourite lecturer, Dr Georgina Jolliffe was a warm and approachable tutor. She was a recognised expert in botanical microscopy, which she taught within the pharmacognosy element of the pharmacy course, teaching the different cells and tissues found in medicinal plant parts and how their variations could serve as a means of identifying plant material, even in dry powder form – a subject vital to the herbal medicine industry, but no longer widely taught. Many will vividly recall her starring role as Georgiella in the Pharmacognosy Department’s version of Cinderella in 1980.
Professor Lady Noreen Murray
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Dr Francis Kang Wong
St Thomas’, Medicine, 1962 Dr Francis Kang Wong followed in his father’s footsteps in many respects: he came to England for a public school education, studied medicine at St Thomas’ and returned to Hong Kong. However, his parents made certain there would be one important difference: they sent him to Dartington Hall in Devon, known for its progressive curriculum in 1948. His father, Dr Man Wong, didn’t want to subject his son to the regimen of cold wintertime showers which he had been forced to endure at Dulwich College. Dr Kang Wong graduated from St Thomas’ with an MBBS (London), LRCP, MRCS. After completing his houseman duties at Kent and Canterbury Hospital in 1963, he joined his father’s medical practice. His father had established the Hong Kong Trade Unions Clinic, which provided free medical consultations to workers and the poor. Dr Kang Wong continued his father’s tradition of helping Hong Kong’s neediest for more than 30 years, giving two hours of free consultations every Saturday afternoon. Dr Kang Wong returned to London in 1967 for a year of postgraduate studies at the Institute of Ophthalmology at Moorfield Eye Hospital, earning a doctorate in ophthalmology (London). He retired from his Hong Kong practice in 1998, and he then moved to Australia, running a general practice in Sydney from 1998 to 2002. He is fondly remembered by all as a shy but kind,
gentle and courteous man – a loving husband to Esther, a devoted father to Christopher and Timothy, and grandfather to Audrey. William Oxenbury
King’s, Sub-Dean, Music Faculty, 1964-73 Bill Oxenbury played a major role in establishing the new Music Faculty with Thurston Dart in 1964 and in acting as Dean on Dart’s premature death in 1971. He was the hub of the Faculty and continued to be a much-loved friend to alumni ever afterwards. He later worked for many years at the General Medical Council, continuing his involvement with music through voluntary and charity work. For 40 years he was Secretary of Musica Britannica.
King’s, German, 1984 Initially a linguist, translator and intelligence and security specialist for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Chris Rampe later switched to international aid and development. He always had a passionate interest in Africa and worked in South Africa, Sierra Leone and Liberia, often in hostile environments. At the time of his death he was advising the South Sudanese autonomous government on means to ensure a peaceful referendum on independence. The Republic of South Sudan became independent at midnight on 9 July 2011.
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John Cox Pharmacy, 1956 Audrey Day Pharmacology/
Dr Anthony Goorney 1965
Betty Nobbs (latterly Iles) Household &
Archibald Banks Medicine, 1944 Dighton Edwards Dentistry, 1944 Arthur Rooms Dentistry, 1946 Dr Ronald Timms Medicine, 1948 Dr Peter Wagner Medicine, 1948 Dr Allan Davis Medicine, 1949 William Reed Dentistry, 1950 Dr Rex Henderson Medicine, 1956 Dr George Irving Medicine, 1956 Soli Lam Medicine, 1957 Dr Francis Jago Medicine, 1959 Dr Alan Lees Medicine, 1960 Dr Peter Randell Medicine, 1966 John Curtis Dentistry, 1970 Nigel Lodge Dentistry, 1981
Mary Ward (latterly Harris) 1947
Guy’s, Dentistry, 1947 Known to generations of Guy’s dental students, Raymond Shaw’s own time as a student at the hospital was punctuated by evacuation to Tunbridge Wells during the war years. After qualifying he became a House Surgeon to Sir William Kelsey Fry, then set up his own GP practice in Wimbledon. He went back to hospital practice after a couple of years, finally returning to Guy’s in 1977 as the Head of the Primary Treatment Unit. He radiated enthusiasm for his subject and for teaching and imparted real skills to generations of students, including his own son, Stephen (Guy’s, Dentistry, 1982; Medicine, 1988).
Social Sciences, 1940
KCSMD Dr B Stone Medicine, 1951 Dr John Sibthorpe Medicine, 1959
King’s College London
F Bradley Electrical Engineering, 1941 Islay Charman Physics, 1943 Revd Desmond Lockyer AKC Theology, 1949 Dr Ronald Dewar Medicine, 1952 Jocelyn Murphy (latterly Jackson)
Geography, 1952 Dr Michael Powell Medicine, 1952
a published author and Lefroy became Lord Chief Justice of Ireland. In 2007 the book became a movie starring Anne Hathaway and James McAvoy. Many Austen scholars dismissed it, but Spence wasn’t as critical. ‘I don’t think it’s a great movie, but I enjoyed it, and it brings a much needed breath of fresh air to Jane Austen.’
King’s, 1971 Jon Spence grew up in a small community in the southern American state of Georgia, an unlikely hometown for a Jane Austen scholar. But after taking a PhD at King’s Spence emerged as an internationally recognised expert on Austen, developed a career as a literary critic and taught around the world – in Japan, Saudi Arabia and the United States – before retiring to Australia. He wrote several books about Austen but is probably best remembered for Becoming Jane, an account of Austen’s brief encounter with Tom Lefroy, an Irish law student. The two met in 1795, long before Austen became Revd Alan Paice Theology, 1953 Revd Stephen Davies AKC Theology, 1954 Michael Healey AKC Civil Engineering, 1954 Professor Charles Broyden Physics, 1955 Dr Kamhaeng Sathirakul Engineering, 1955 Jane Rapson (latterly Dalton) AKC
Edward Hatfull Law, 1982 Jeffrey Myers 1982 Inge Laird 1984 Christopher Rampe German, 1984 Jennifer Beard History, 1989 Dr Peter Clarke PhD Theology & Religious
German, 1957 Julian Deaner Law, 1958 John Englefield AKC Electrical Engineering, 1958 Susan Staddon (latterly Dickins) Law, 1958 Dr Peter Docherty Physics, 1960 Revd Chris Jones AKC English, 1960 David Whale AKC French, 1961 Timothy Andrews Mathematics, 1962
Jane Hands (latterly Bowen-Williams) AKC
French, 1963 Simon Wallace Mathematics, 1965 His Honour Judge Pryce Michael Farmer QC
English, 1966 Dr Martin Hargreave Physics, 1966 Patrick Haworth Law, 1966 Philip Norton Law, 1969 Peter Hall German, 1972
A limerick-loving professor helps his students discover their inner poet
King’s, Centre for Defence Studies A defence expert and ethical arms policy champion, Sue Willett was a feminist and a rigorous thinker with a questioning, even suspicious mind, particularly where corporate vested interests were concerned. She spent her early life in colonial style in an army family abroad – good training for the male military world, she always felt – only to embrace the radicalism of the 1960s while a teenager at school in Devon. By 22 she was married with a son, and on the way to join her husband at Bradford’s School of Peace Studies. She took an MPhil at the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex, kick-starting her career as an expert on defence economics, and spent two years researching at Birkbeck College. She continued as a researcher at King’s, specialising in international defence policy and development, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. She was a prolific writer and a frequent contributor to television discussions. She remained a radical to the end.
Jon Spence Christopher Rampe
Dora Opoku OBE Medical Ethics & Law, 1992 Jane Bishop Nursing Studies, 2005 Prince Mansour Al Saud Business
Royal Dental Hospital Ronald Salter Dentistry, 1951
St Thomas’ Dr Donald Barran Medicine, 1945 Professor Frank Hayhoe Medicine, 1945 Dr John Bowes Medicine, 1955 Dr Nigel Reid Medicine, 1956 Dr Frank Bilbey Medicine Dr Vivien Noakes Nursing
Years ago there was a maths professor at King’s who had a love for poetry. He particularly enjoyed limericks. He would often recite numbers-based limericks as part of his lectures, and he occasionally included limerick challenges in his exams. This is an example of one of those challenges. It was the final question in an exam he gave to a class full of freshers: ‘This is a simple equation and from this you are going to give me a limerick that consists of five lines. ‘The numerator is 12 plus 144 plus 20 plus three
times the square root of four, divided by a denominator of seven. That total is then added to 11 times five. ‘Finally, this entire equation equals nine squared plus zero. ‘Now, my young poets, here is the final line of the limerick: “Is nine squared and not a bit more.” ‘Your job is to provide me with the limerick’s first four lines.’ Could you have answered this exam question correctly? jorge martin
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Last issue’s puzzle… three hats
The previous issue of In Touch featured this puzzle: three equally qualified students have applied for a highly prized summer research job. In the final step of the selection process the somewhat eccentric professor says he is going to use an unusual challenge to determine who gets the post. ‘This test is absolutely fair, none of you will be disadvantaged,’ he promises. The professor produces three black hats and one white hat. He tells the students that he is going to blindfold them and then put one of the hats on each of their heads. With the help of his assistants, the professor explains
to them, he will remove the blindfolds simultaneously. ‘Whichever one of you can tell me the colour of the hat on your head first will get the research position.’ The professor blindfolds the students and begins to put the hats on their heads when one of the students raises his hand and says, ‘I know what colour my hat is.’ He’s right: he knows he’s wearing a black hat, as are the other two students. How did he know? The key is that the professor promised ‘none of you will be disadvantaged’. If one of the students had been wearing a white hat on his head,
he would be at a disadvantage; the other two would have immediately known they had black hats on their heads. To ensure all three were treated equally, the professor put a black hat on each of them. Our winners, drawn at random, are Sean Sutherland (PhD, Education Research, 2010), Bruce Vail (Classics, 1953) and Jennifer Sims (Civil Engineering, 1979). In an amazing display of prescience – how could he know the new puzzle would feature a poem? – Howard Curnow (Mathematics, 1979) submitted his answer in verse form; you can read his poem at alumni.kcl.ac.uk/intouch autumn 2011 IN TOUCH
A GLIMPSE INTO THE FUTURE
A ROYAL COMMAND PERFORMANCE
Ref. Gillian Selvey’s letter about the Queen Mother’s visit in 1957 (In Touch Spring 2011), Her Majesty, as Chancellor of the university, came to open the new wing (officially, although students had been resident there for some time) at Platts (King’s College Hall, Denmark Hill) in 1967. A posed squash game was arranged, as was a 46
whole year to complete the filming of our scenes! The premiere of the film was at the Empire, Leicester Square, in 1939 and I was there. I have seen the movie many times since and it is occasionally rerun on television. I can see myself as I was 75 years ago! Dr Bill Jeanes (Guy’s, Medicine and Dentistry, 1943) …AND MEMORIES OF OTHER SPEAKERS
It was good to be reminded of the impact Greer Garson made on us all during her visit to King’s. She was a particularly striking figure in the drab austerity of the early 1950s. Her subject was ‘Filming Shakespeare’ and she spoke admiringly of Larry, Marlon and ‘that wonderful Shakespearean actor’ Leo McKern. The latter of course became very well known in the role of Rumpole of the Bailey. Her words certainly evoked all the glamour of Hollywood for us. On the subject of speakers, I also remember Stephen Potter talking about writing for radio, mostly about his collaboration
with Joyce Grenfell, and FR Leavis, who came all the way from Cambridge. There were too a number of political figures of whom I remember: Clement Attlee talking about law and the judiciary (I wonder if there is a copy of that talk available), Bessie Braddock (the subject of much heckling) and Barbara Castle. I don’t remember any Conservative speakers but I’m sure that there were several, since we weren’t a particularly leftwing college. (We left it to LSE to lower their flag when Stalin died.) Reading In Touch, it’s gratifying to know that King’s continues to invite distinguished speakers to the College. J anet Drake, now Higman, (King’s, German, 1954) A RUBY REUNION
Here is a picture (below) of three QEC graduates and close friends from 1967. Left to right are myself, Anne Maughan (now Goldman) B.HSc, Elizabeth Penn (now Shaw) B. Nutrition, and Mary Neville (now Mason)
B. Nutrition, 1967. It was taken on 18 October, 2010 at the 40th wedding celebrations for my husband, Michael Goldman, and I at the Kensington Close Hotel where our wedding reception took place in 1970. After graduation the three of us went our separate ways – Mary became Warden of Bickersteth House, a post she holds to this day; Elizabeth had a career in science teaching: and I travelled
Dr Bill Jeanes made his film debut at the Empire
posed fencing match on the other squash court. We were ordered not to be on the corridors: what horror would have occurred if one of the students (it was all male) had been heading down the corridor in his underpants to the distant bathroom? All this after the necessary preparation of cleaning all of the windows on the side of the wing she would see. Rooms on the opposite side, of which mine was one, did not have their windows cleaned. Revd Tony Bell AKC (King’s, Theology, 1972) GREER GARSON REVISITED…
Bridget Clarke’s letter about Greer Garson’s 1954 visit to King’s (In Touch Spring 2011) prompted a much earlier memory. In 1937 Metro Goldwyn Mayer filmed Goodbye Mr. Chips at
Denham Film Studios (near Pinewood), starring Greer Garson and Robert Donat. An MGM casting agent contacted Guy’s to invite about 50 students to become movie extras in the film. With the Dean’s (Professor TJ Evans) permission, we were contracted to work for about four days per month at the princely sum of two guineas (£2.10) per day. A replica of Repton School had been built at the studios in Buckinghamshire. We wore many different outfits as we were filmed in school scenes: assembly, roll call, classrooms and chapel, and in sporting scenes such as rugby, cross-country running and cricket. We would see Greer Garson and Robert Donat on several occasions, as well as many other professional actors, including John Mills. It took a
Sharing memories from QEC days, from left: Anne Goldman, Elizabeth Shaw and Mary Mason
to New Zealand, and subsequently to Canada, pursuing a career in food and sensory science. Despite the absence of email or Skype our friendship continued with letters and occasional meetings. We would like to reconnect with other graduates of the Nutrition & Household Science Class of 1967. Please contact me at email@example.com I have recently also celebrated my election as a Fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists. Anne Maughan, now Goldman, (QEC, Household & Social Sciences, 1967) A CALL TO CLASSMATES
In 1950-51 the Medical Prize letter Society invited Professor JZ Young FRS to address them. He had recently been appointed to the Chair of Anatomy at UCL, remarkable because he was an eminent zoologist, whose claim to fame rested on his experiments on the neurological responses of the octopus. This long-haired biologist from the ‘Godless Institution’ was a great draw and the Anatomy Theatre was packed with students. The chair of the meeting was a Professor of Anatomy at King’s, Thomas ‘Tosh’ Nichol. He introduced Professor Young but had difficulty in remembering the title of the talk. It was Subjective Concepts in Medical Science – hardly related to anatomy. Young proposed that no advances in medical concepts were possible until man had invented a machine which could be related to a bodily function: only with the invention of the pump could we discover how the heart worked, similarly with the kidneys and other examples. He stated that the biggest mystery was the brain, and this would have to wait for the development of computer science, then in its infancy. Quite a remarkable look into the future! A great lecture, though Chairman Tosh appeared to have slept throughout the entire proceedings. Dr Peter Wagerman (KCSMD, Dentistry, 1955)
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If later graduates think of 1953 as being well post-war, they would be wrong. I remember my stay at the College from 1950-53 as one of great poverty. I read, for the first time, many of my course texts after graduating, during my two years of military service when a wonderful lady from York rural library service brought them to me for free. I could not afford books at college as well as lunches – and I went without many of those. There was an upside to that period of austerity. Neither I nor my parents had a penny of debt at the end of my course. I scraped by on the grant, not loan, from my education authority – £180 a year supplemented by summer work as a nursing orderly. I feel sorry for today’s students who live comfortable college lives but at the expense of great debts to burden their working careers. In the Autumn 2010 issue of In Touch I read of the death of Ian Adams. He was in my class and I confess I knew him but slightly. The entry reminded me how steadfastly my fellow classmates have remained anonymous throughout the years. I would feel comforted if some of my class would surface to show that they are still of this world. Mark Marshall (King’s, French, 1953) autumn 2011 IN TOUCH
Acting is an addiction. It’s not a matter of choice
This I’ve learned
Julian Bird trained in psychiatry at the Maudsley and lectured at King’s for a number of years. At the age of 62, having been brought up in a theatre family, he began a second career as an actor, taking roles in the theatre, short films and most recently in the hit television programme The Tudors. On my first day at Central School of Speech and Drama we were shepherded into the stalls of Central’s theatre. The tutors stood on the stage and explained how things were going to be done and at that moment I realised that I’d seen my own mother performing on that stage. So I really did feel like I’d come home. An important part of an actor’s training is self-awareness and in the theatre relationships are explored in depth. I learned more about what goes on in my own head than I ever did when being trained as a psychiatrist. However this was not true of my experience acting in The Tudors. Being new to TV, I wanted to have a brief word with the director about the relationship my character has with King Henry. She said ‘Er, I don’t 48
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know. Fear?’ Back in London my agent said, ‘I hear that you had an argument with the director!’ I said, ‘I just asked a simple question about the relationship!’ He roared with laughter: ‘For goodness sake, Julian, it’s not serious, it’s soap! There are only three rules for soap: hit your marks, say the words and go home.’ After a small stroke two years ago, the big challenge was line-learning and borderline dysphasia. It was fine in conversation because I could find a way around it by paraphrasing. Indeed, with a lot of drama you can paraphrase without spoiling somebody’s cue but if it’s Shakespeare – particularly Shakespearean poetry – there’s no way off the hook because it’s immortal stuff and half the audience
will know every line! It took a lot of speech training and diligent practice before these problems were resolved. I have always wondered why acting is such a huge part of British culture. The Brits are supposed to be reserved, a bit rigid and unexpressive and yet there are actors coming out of drama school in their thousands. London continues to be the world epicentre for acting, though New York is a close second. Unless you are absolutely passionate about acting you should go and do something else. It’s exciting but between highs the acting trade can be frustrating and soul-destroying. Acting is an addiction. It’s not a matter of choice: if you’ve been hooked then it’s almost impossible to give it up.