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In the last edition of Ring True, we reported the launch of The Professor Sir David Williams Fund, in memory of our former President: we are delighted to report that David’s Fund now stands at £30,000, and continues to grow. Very many thanks indeed to all those who have supported this initiative in David’s memory. As ever, online giving is available at www.wolfsongiving.com.

Thank you, once again, for all your marvellous support over the past term. We have been delighted to meet more alumni, and have been thrilled with the wide engagement by College members with the Wolfson Network: www.WolfsonNetwork.com. We are also very grateful to the generous donors among our members, who help the College to further strengthen its support for student bursaries, teaching resources, the gardens, the Lee Library and College music.

We were very pleased indeed to see so many of Wolfson’s donors for the Benefactors’ Reception, held in College prior to the Garden Party (top). Over 100 guests gathered in the Combination Room, and we were delighted that their number included current students, alumni, Fellows and Senior Members of the College. Thank you so much to you all for everything you do in support of Wolfson: your commitment is very much appreciated.

We ended the Lent term with a visit to see alumni and friends of Wolfson in Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. A lively networking dinner was hosted by the President and Mrs Johnson in Hong Kong, where they were very pleased to reconnect with old friends (top row). We then moved to Kuala Lumpur, where almost 50 alumni, Wolfson Course members and Press Fellows met for drinks and dinner in the splendid surroundings of the KL Tower, with spectacular views across the city (second row). Our particular thanks to Ms Elizabeth Lee (1984) for her marvellous support with the organisation of this event.

Our London drinks reception in June was also very well attended, with 120 Wolfson members gathering at the Oxford and Cambridge Club in Pall Mall to meet old friends, network and hear the President speak (second right). This year’s quinquennial and decennial reunion dinner on 25 September is fast approaching: for those of the relevant academic year groups who have not yet registered, details are at www.2010Reunion. WolfsonEvents.com.

Singapore was our next destination, where we attended meetings and events with many of Wolfson’s loyal friends and supporters. We are very grateful to Dr Y Y Wong and Mrs Geok Choo Wong, parents of alumni Dr Meng Ee Wong (1995), Mr Meng Keet Wong (2004) and Miss Meili Huang (2005), who hosted a marvellous lunch gathering for Wolfson members at their beautiful home (third row). We were also privileged to meet Wolfson’s long-term friends Honorary Fellow Dr Lee Seng Tee and Mrs Betty Wu Lee; Honorary Fellow Professor Wang Gungwu and Mrs Margaret Wang; and Visiting Fellow Dr Anthony Teo and Mrs Margaret Teo.

The Kindersley Stone at the Selwyn Gardens entrance to the College, May 2010

The visit also provided a marvellous forum in which to meet new members of the Wolfson community in Singapore, and we very much look forward to expanding the existing networks across Asia for our

members. We are extremely grateful to all our friends in Asia for their support, and look forward to building on the excellent relationships already in place in this part of the world.

Our alumni groups have been busy, and we now have another new Local Association group, this time in the UAE. Their first social event was held in Dubai in March at the Address Hotel, overlooking Burj Khalifa and the Souk el Bahhar area, and they look forward to welcoming other local members to their next gathering. Second left (L – R) are Professor Ajit Karnik, Miss Monica Naufal and Mr Saif Hassan; many other alumni have expressed an interest in joining the Association for future events.

From the President We were very pleased that enterprising Berlin alumni went ahead with the gettogether in April (above third), even though the President and Development Director were stranded in the UK by volcanic ash: further proof, if it were needed, that Wolfson alumni are sociable, enterprising and independent. We look forward to rescheduling this and the proposed Dublin event, and to meeting you all soon. Members in Europe may be interested to know that we have now registered with Transnational Giving Europe, allowing you to make donations to the College which are tax-efficient to you. Do please contact us on development@ wolfson.cam.uk for further details. If you are interested in getting together with Wolfson members in your area,

Congratulations are due to Professor Alison Richard, who became a Dame of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Her seven years as ViceChancellor come to an end on 1 October 2010, and it is right to celebrate what has been an outstanding tenure of office. We are delighted that she is one of our own Honorary Fellows and that her husband, Professor Dewar, is a Research Fellow of the College. We wish them well in retirement from official Cambridge duties.

and perhaps forming a new Local Association, do get in touch with Kate Hampson on alumni.assistant@ wolfson.cam.ac.uk. You can see news of all the groups on the website at www.wolfson.cam.ac.uk/alumni/ network/associations. Karen Stephenson

If you have ideas for new initiatives or events, do please let us know on alumni@wolfson.cam.ac.uk – we are always delighted to hear from you.

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13  August 2010

Congratulations are due also to Dr Ivor Day, Rolls-Royce Research Fellow of the College since 1990, on his election as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and the award of ‘Best Paper’ presented at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers conference in Florida last year. Dr Robert Sansom, Senior Member of the College and a most generous contributor to our Roger Needham Fund, has also been elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. Dr John Firth has been awarded a Pilkington Prize for his outstanding contributions to teaching. The Pilkington Prizes were established in 1994 by Sir

Alistair Pilkington to recognise excellence in teaching in the University. Dr Firth, who is Associate Clinical Dean and a Consultant Nephrologist, has developed online learning facilities for the Department of Health. He is the seventh Fellow of Wolfson to have been awarded a Pilkington Prize. Our President-elect, Professor Richard Evans, delivered the third Lee Seng Tee Distinguished Lecture on 7 June. His topic was ‘Looted Art and its Restitution’ and the film of the lecture is on the College website. Professor Evans and his wife Dr Christine Corton were then entertained to dinner in College with guests from the Fitzwilliam Museum and other University museums and faculties who have a lively interest in the subject. Among a distinguished cross-section of the College’s membership, it was a particular pleasure to welcome Revd Professor Owen Chadwick, chairman of the original Trustees of the College and an Honorary Fellow, to Commemoration Dinner on 23 June. Before dinner, we renamed ‘42 Barton Road’ as ‘Chadwick House’ in his honour.


We mourn the loss of two Honorary Fellows this year: Lord Richardson, former Governor of the Bank of England, who was a Trustee of the College, and Lord Wolfson of Marylebone, who took such great interest in the College and to whom we owe so much. Proper appreciation of their contributions will be recorded in the Magazine. The Easter Term, as usual, was full of celebration: degree ceremonies for those completing their courses; the

garden party and concert – at which the College Choir resurrected a song composed by Sir David Willcocks: You bring me happiness, chosen by Lyn Alcántara to felicitate me. As subsequent reports show, we had great success on the soccer field and our rowers acquitted themselves nobly on the river. At pre-dinner drinks in our garden, I was delighted to see how many of the older rowers came back for this my last May Bumps Supper as President. Faith and I were touched by Richard Shervington’s generous remarks as he presented us with a specially enhanced version of Tom Davies’s print of the river. Similarly, on 30 June the Senior Members presented me and Faith with an outrageously generous cheque to be used to rehabilitate our garden in Barton. This was most kind and greatly appreciated. And then there was the annual President’s Cup Cricket Match. The

Clockwise from top left: The President and the Vice-Chancellor at the Gates Cambridge Trust 10th Anniversary celebrations on 2 July; Dr Ivor Day; Dr John Firth; the victorious Students following The President’s Cup Cricket Match; the President and Revd Professor Owen Chadwick

We thank members of the College for their contributions and photographs.

President’s XI had not won this match since 2000. But hopes for 2010 were high. The team consisted of Fellows, Senior Members, Staff and Alumni and on paper was formidable. The Bursar, as captain, had demanded strenuous training in the nets beforehand. The Student XI hadn’t managed a game all season. However, the Bursar carelessly lost the toss, allowing the Students to bat first while the President’s XI had to face the heat of the afternoon. The President’s XI managed to bowl out the Students, but not before they had scored 173 runs. Undaunted, the President’s openers strode out to make a solid start to the chase, only to be undone by the pace of the Student bowling. Wickets tumbled, and the President’s XI was out for an embarrassingly low 36. All was forgiven afterwards over a glass of champagne in the Lodge garden, and the President’s XI will regroup to fight another day.

Junior Research Fellows

Mays Boat Club Dinner

Thirteen new Fellows were elected in the Annual Competition: Dr Anastasios Avgoustidis (theoretical cosmology), Dr María Muñoz Caffarel (gene activation and breast cancer), Dr Alistair Fair (architecture/ architectural history), Dr Dominik Heiss (physics), Dr Andong Lu (architecture), Dr Patrick Narbonne (nuclear reprogramming by nuclear transfer), Mr Ronald Riley (20th century British/ American literature), Dr Roland Schwarz (computational biology),

WCBC dinners are the best events to gather the whole Boat Club together and Mays Dinner is a ‘must’ for past, present and future Wolfson College rowers. The challenge was to live up to that and make the last dinner of the rowing year worth it, and we did indeed have an epic dinner with over 100 people, including non-active rowers, Alumni and Wolfson rowers from the past 10 years.

The President and Mrs Johnson entertained current and new Junior Research Fellows in the Lodge garden before Guest Night on 19 May.

Dr Maria Ttofi (experimental criminology), Dr Saroj Velamakanni (pharmacology), Dr Oliver Woodford

(computer vision), Mr Weijia Yuan (electrical engineering) and Dr Yinyin Yuan (bioinformatics).

Music

were given to all the people who made the rowing year possible. The event continued as we joined the WCSA end-of-term party until the early hours of the morning. Adrian Torres

Women’s Rowing

Easter term kicked off with the Chamber Singers performing at the Cambridge University Newcomers’ Society on 4 May at the Graduate Centre. We have been singing at this annual event for several years now, and look forward to sharing our singing with members of the wider University community. I sang at Music and Madeira with my wonderful accompanist, Fusae Takahashi. We performed an evening of German song, including Schumann’s well loved cycle Frauenliebe und Frauenleben, songs by Strauss and Clara Schumann, and the seldom performed Two Songs for Mezzo and Viola by Brahms. Helen Roche played viola.

In the President’s garden we enjoyed a lovely champagne reception. This was Gordon Johnson’s last Boat Club dinner as College President

and as Gordon and Faith are such strong supporters of the Club, Dick Shervington presented Gordon with one of the famous prints by Tom Davies. We enjoyed a sumptuous dinner and, as always, hilarious speeches from a representative of each crew were given over coffee, and gifts

This year’s summer concert was given by internationally renowned Robert Farley (trumpet) and Andrew Arthur (piano). They performed a wideranging programme of music from Daniel Purcell and JS Bach to George Gershwin, with Robert demonstrating several trumpets from his collection.

The College Choir sang at the garden party, serenading the President with a first performance of a work by Sir David Willcocks called You bring me happiness. With this light-hearted song written during WWII, and not as yet published, the choir paid tribute to a President who has been an avid supporter of College music and the Choir since he first came to Wolfson.

Our lunchtime concert series included a return visit from the wonderful pianist Patrick Hammerle, and Anna Harvey (mezzo soprano), who introduced us to Britten’s mad women with a selection of songs from Phaedra, A Charm of Lullabies and The Rape of Lucretia. Lyn Alcántara

In February, a selection of WCBC, Clare Hall, Selwyn, Lucy Cavendish, and Hughes Hall rowers took part in the Women’s Head of the River Race in London. After three training sessions and several crew changes through illness, the girls put in a startling performance of just over 22 minutes for this hard course on the River Thames. We hope this will be a continuing feature of the Women’s training in the future.

Wolfson had a comfortable row home. The second day was not so well engineered, and a fast Queens’ II bumped us before Grassy. On the third day a boisterous Trinity Hall II For the famous May Bumps, the First bumped us out before we found our boat had four new members – all rhythm. By the fourth day, Wolfson Bumps virgins – to help steer Wolfson were resolved to go all out as we were through the course. After an eventful not prepared to lose another slot on row-up, Wolfson had an epic rowthe Bumps chart. The Wolfson spirit over, taking distance off Magdalene pulled through with flying colours II but not enough to catch them before they bumped out. Nevertheless, – and flying we were! Straight off,

Wolfson settled into an epic rhythm, forgetting mistakes of previous days, and pushing firmly away from the boats that followed. Every call for a ‘big push’ by our exuberant cox Mathew Madhavacheril resulted in a mammoth heave forward and a welldeserved and well-executed row-over by Wolfson Women.

Wolfson win the MCR Cup

long, Shalabi scored his second goal of the game. With scores level at 2–2, the match headed into extratime. Wolfson seized the initiative as Queens’ tired and a header by Tom Moran gave Wolfson the winning goal. Players and fans celebrated lifting the MCR Cup for the very first time in Wolfson history.

Rhîannan Williams

The Wolfson Choir

After victories against Darwin and St Edmunds, Wolfson progressed to the MCR Cup final against an opposition unbeaten this season. Wolfson made the better start against Queens’ and Akram Shalabi gave Wolfson a deserved lead. However, Queens’ bounced back, with two converted

penalties seeing them ahead at the interval. After the break, Wolfson attacked immediately and, before

Neil Casey


We mourn the loss of two Honorary Fellows this year: Lord Richardson, former Governor of the Bank of England, who was a Trustee of the College, and Lord Wolfson of Marylebone, who took such great interest in the College and to whom we owe so much. Proper appreciation of their contributions will be recorded in the Magazine. The Easter Term, as usual, was full of celebration: degree ceremonies for those completing their courses; the

garden party and concert – at which the College Choir resurrected a song composed by Sir David Willcocks: You bring me happiness, chosen by Lyn Alcántara to felicitate me. As subsequent reports show, we had great success on the soccer field and our rowers acquitted themselves nobly on the river. At pre-dinner drinks in our garden, I was delighted to see how many of the older rowers came back for this my last May Bumps Supper as President. Faith and I were touched by Richard Shervington’s generous remarks as he presented us with a specially enhanced version of Tom Davies’s print of the river. Similarly, on 30 June the Senior Members presented me and Faith with an outrageously generous cheque to be used to rehabilitate our garden in Barton. This was most kind and greatly appreciated. And then there was the annual President’s Cup Cricket Match. The

Clockwise from top left: The President and the Vice-Chancellor at the Gates Cambridge Trust 10th Anniversary celebrations on 2 July; Dr Ivor Day; Dr John Firth; the victorious Students following The President’s Cup Cricket Match; the President and Revd Professor Owen Chadwick

We thank members of the College for their contributions and photographs.

President’s XI had not won this match since 2000. But hopes for 2010 were high. The team consisted of Fellows, Senior Members, Staff and Alumni and on paper was formidable. The Bursar, as captain, had demanded strenuous training in the nets beforehand. The Student XI hadn’t managed a game all season. However, the Bursar carelessly lost the toss, allowing the Students to bat first while the President’s XI had to face the heat of the afternoon. The President’s XI managed to bowl out the Students, but not before they had scored 173 runs. Undaunted, the President’s openers strode out to make a solid start to the chase, only to be undone by the pace of the Student bowling. Wickets tumbled, and the President’s XI was out for an embarrassingly low 36. All was forgiven afterwards over a glass of champagne in the Lodge garden, and the President’s XI will regroup to fight another day.

Junior Research Fellows

Mays Boat Club Dinner

Thirteen new Fellows were elected in the Annual Competition: Dr Anastasios Avgoustidis (theoretical cosmology), Dr María Muñoz Caffarel (gene activation and breast cancer), Dr Alistair Fair (architecture/ architectural history), Dr Dominik Heiss (physics), Dr Andong Lu (architecture), Dr Patrick Narbonne (nuclear reprogramming by nuclear transfer), Mr Ronald Riley (20th century British/ American literature), Dr Roland Schwarz (computational biology),

WCBC dinners are the best events to gather the whole Boat Club together and Mays Dinner is a ‘must’ for past, present and future Wolfson College rowers. The challenge was to live up to that and make the last dinner of the rowing year worth it, and we did indeed have an epic dinner with over 100 people, including non-active rowers, Alumni and Wolfson rowers from the past 10 years.

The President and Mrs Johnson entertained current and new Junior Research Fellows in the Lodge garden before Guest Night on 19 May.

Dr Maria Ttofi (experimental criminology), Dr Saroj Velamakanni (pharmacology), Dr Oliver Woodford

(computer vision), Mr Weijia Yuan (electrical engineering) and Dr Yinyin Yuan (bioinformatics).

Music

were given to all the people who made the rowing year possible. The event continued as we joined the WCSA end-of-term party until the early hours of the morning. Adrian Torres

Women’s Rowing

Easter term kicked off with the Chamber Singers performing at the Cambridge University Newcomers’ Society on 4 May at the Graduate Centre. We have been singing at this annual event for several years now, and look forward to sharing our singing with members of the wider University community. I sang at Music and Madeira with my wonderful accompanist, Fusae Takahashi. We performed an evening of German song, including Schumann’s well loved cycle Frauenliebe und Frauenleben, songs by Strauss and Clara Schumann, and the seldom performed Two Songs for Mezzo and Viola by Brahms. Helen Roche played viola.

In the President’s garden we enjoyed a lovely champagne reception. This was Gordon Johnson’s last Boat Club dinner as College President

and as Gordon and Faith are such strong supporters of the Club, Dick Shervington presented Gordon with one of the famous prints by Tom Davies. We enjoyed a sumptuous dinner and, as always, hilarious speeches from a representative of each crew were given over coffee, and gifts

This year’s summer concert was given by internationally renowned Robert Farley (trumpet) and Andrew Arthur (piano). They performed a wideranging programme of music from Daniel Purcell and JS Bach to George Gershwin, with Robert demonstrating several trumpets from his collection.

The College Choir sang at the garden party, serenading the President with a first performance of a work by Sir David Willcocks called You bring me happiness. With this light-hearted song written during WWII, and not as yet published, the choir paid tribute to a President who has been an avid supporter of College music and the Choir since he first came to Wolfson.

Our lunchtime concert series included a return visit from the wonderful pianist Patrick Hammerle, and Anna Harvey (mezzo soprano), who introduced us to Britten’s mad women with a selection of songs from Phaedra, A Charm of Lullabies and The Rape of Lucretia. Lyn Alcántara

In February, a selection of WCBC, Clare Hall, Selwyn, Lucy Cavendish, and Hughes Hall rowers took part in the Women’s Head of the River Race in London. After three training sessions and several crew changes through illness, the girls put in a startling performance of just over 22 minutes for this hard course on the River Thames. We hope this will be a continuing feature of the Women’s training in the future.

Wolfson had a comfortable row home. The second day was not so well engineered, and a fast Queens’ II bumped us before Grassy. On the third day a boisterous Trinity Hall II For the famous May Bumps, the First bumped us out before we found our boat had four new members – all rhythm. By the fourth day, Wolfson Bumps virgins – to help steer Wolfson were resolved to go all out as we were through the course. After an eventful not prepared to lose another slot on row-up, Wolfson had an epic rowthe Bumps chart. The Wolfson spirit over, taking distance off Magdalene pulled through with flying colours II but not enough to catch them before they bumped out. Nevertheless, – and flying we were! Straight off,

Wolfson settled into an epic rhythm, forgetting mistakes of previous days, and pushing firmly away from the boats that followed. Every call for a ‘big push’ by our exuberant cox Mathew Madhavacheril resulted in a mammoth heave forward and a welldeserved and well-executed row-over by Wolfson Women.

Wolfson win the MCR Cup

long, Shalabi scored his second goal of the game. With scores level at 2–2, the match headed into extratime. Wolfson seized the initiative as Queens’ tired and a header by Tom Moran gave Wolfson the winning goal. Players and fans celebrated lifting the MCR Cup for the very first time in Wolfson history.

Rhîannan Williams

The Wolfson Choir

After victories against Darwin and St Edmunds, Wolfson progressed to the MCR Cup final against an opposition unbeaten this season. Wolfson made the better start against Queens’ and Akram Shalabi gave Wolfson a deserved lead. However, Queens’ bounced back, with two converted

penalties seeing them ahead at the interval. After the break, Wolfson attacked immediately and, before

Neil Casey


We mourn the loss of two Honorary Fellows this year: Lord Richardson, former Governor of the Bank of England, who was a Trustee of the College, and Lord Wolfson of Marylebone, who took such great interest in the College and to whom we owe so much. Proper appreciation of their contributions will be recorded in the Magazine. The Easter Term, as usual, was full of celebration: degree ceremonies for those completing their courses; the

garden party and concert – at which the College Choir resurrected a song composed by Sir David Willcocks: You bring me happiness, chosen by Lyn Alcántara to felicitate me. As subsequent reports show, we had great success on the soccer field and our rowers acquitted themselves nobly on the river. At pre-dinner drinks in our garden, I was delighted to see how many of the older rowers came back for this my last May Bumps Supper as President. Faith and I were touched by Richard Shervington’s generous remarks as he presented us with a specially enhanced version of Tom Davies’s print of the river. Similarly, on 30 June the Senior Members presented me and Faith with an outrageously generous cheque to be used to rehabilitate our garden in Barton. This was most kind and greatly appreciated. And then there was the annual President’s Cup Cricket Match. The

Clockwise from top left: The President and the Vice-Chancellor at the Gates Cambridge Trust 10th Anniversary celebrations on 2 July; Dr Ivor Day; Dr John Firth; the victorious Students following The President’s Cup Cricket Match; the President and Revd Professor Owen Chadwick

We thank members of the College for their contributions and photographs.

President’s XI had not won this match since 2000. But hopes for 2010 were high. The team consisted of Fellows, Senior Members, Staff and Alumni and on paper was formidable. The Bursar, as captain, had demanded strenuous training in the nets beforehand. The Student XI hadn’t managed a game all season. However, the Bursar carelessly lost the toss, allowing the Students to bat first while the President’s XI had to face the heat of the afternoon. The President’s XI managed to bowl out the Students, but not before they had scored 173 runs. Undaunted, the President’s openers strode out to make a solid start to the chase, only to be undone by the pace of the Student bowling. Wickets tumbled, and the President’s XI was out for an embarrassingly low 36. All was forgiven afterwards over a glass of champagne in the Lodge garden, and the President’s XI will regroup to fight another day.

Junior Research Fellows

Mays Boat Club Dinner

Thirteen new Fellows were elected in the Annual Competition: Dr Anastasios Avgoustidis (theoretical cosmology), Dr María Muñoz Caffarel (gene activation and breast cancer), Dr Alistair Fair (architecture/ architectural history), Dr Dominik Heiss (physics), Dr Andong Lu (architecture), Dr Patrick Narbonne (nuclear reprogramming by nuclear transfer), Mr Ronald Riley (20th century British/ American literature), Dr Roland Schwarz (computational biology),

WCBC dinners are the best events to gather the whole Boat Club together and Mays Dinner is a ‘must’ for past, present and future Wolfson College rowers. The challenge was to live up to that and make the last dinner of the rowing year worth it, and we did indeed have an epic dinner with over 100 people, including non-active rowers, Alumni and Wolfson rowers from the past 10 years.

The President and Mrs Johnson entertained current and new Junior Research Fellows in the Lodge garden before Guest Night on 19 May.

Dr Maria Ttofi (experimental criminology), Dr Saroj Velamakanni (pharmacology), Dr Oliver Woodford

(computer vision), Mr Weijia Yuan (electrical engineering) and Dr Yinyin Yuan (bioinformatics).

Music

were given to all the people who made the rowing year possible. The event continued as we joined the WCSA end-of-term party until the early hours of the morning. Adrian Torres

Women’s Rowing

Easter term kicked off with the Chamber Singers performing at the Cambridge University Newcomers’ Society on 4 May at the Graduate Centre. We have been singing at this annual event for several years now, and look forward to sharing our singing with members of the wider University community. I sang at Music and Madeira with my wonderful accompanist, Fusae Takahashi. We performed an evening of German song, including Schumann’s well loved cycle Frauenliebe und Frauenleben, songs by Strauss and Clara Schumann, and the seldom performed Two Songs for Mezzo and Viola by Brahms. Helen Roche played viola.

In the President’s garden we enjoyed a lovely champagne reception. This was Gordon Johnson’s last Boat Club dinner as College President

and as Gordon and Faith are such strong supporters of the Club, Dick Shervington presented Gordon with one of the famous prints by Tom Davies. We enjoyed a sumptuous dinner and, as always, hilarious speeches from a representative of each crew were given over coffee, and gifts

This year’s summer concert was given by internationally renowned Robert Farley (trumpet) and Andrew Arthur (piano). They performed a wideranging programme of music from Daniel Purcell and JS Bach to George Gershwin, with Robert demonstrating several trumpets from his collection.

The College Choir sang at the garden party, serenading the President with a first performance of a work by Sir David Willcocks called You bring me happiness. With this light-hearted song written during WWII, and not as yet published, the choir paid tribute to a President who has been an avid supporter of College music and the Choir since he first came to Wolfson.

Our lunchtime concert series included a return visit from the wonderful pianist Patrick Hammerle, and Anna Harvey (mezzo soprano), who introduced us to Britten’s mad women with a selection of songs from Phaedra, A Charm of Lullabies and The Rape of Lucretia. Lyn Alcántara

In February, a selection of WCBC, Clare Hall, Selwyn, Lucy Cavendish, and Hughes Hall rowers took part in the Women’s Head of the River Race in London. After three training sessions and several crew changes through illness, the girls put in a startling performance of just over 22 minutes for this hard course on the River Thames. We hope this will be a continuing feature of the Women’s training in the future.

Wolfson had a comfortable row home. The second day was not so well engineered, and a fast Queens’ II bumped us before Grassy. On the third day a boisterous Trinity Hall II For the famous May Bumps, the First bumped us out before we found our boat had four new members – all rhythm. By the fourth day, Wolfson Bumps virgins – to help steer Wolfson were resolved to go all out as we were through the course. After an eventful not prepared to lose another slot on row-up, Wolfson had an epic rowthe Bumps chart. The Wolfson spirit over, taking distance off Magdalene pulled through with flying colours II but not enough to catch them before they bumped out. Nevertheless, – and flying we were! Straight off,

Wolfson settled into an epic rhythm, forgetting mistakes of previous days, and pushing firmly away from the boats that followed. Every call for a ‘big push’ by our exuberant cox Mathew Madhavacheril resulted in a mammoth heave forward and a welldeserved and well-executed row-over by Wolfson Women.

Wolfson win the MCR Cup

long, Shalabi scored his second goal of the game. With scores level at 2–2, the match headed into extratime. Wolfson seized the initiative as Queens’ tired and a header by Tom Moran gave Wolfson the winning goal. Players and fans celebrated lifting the MCR Cup for the very first time in Wolfson history.

Rhîannan Williams

The Wolfson Choir

After victories against Darwin and St Edmunds, Wolfson progressed to the MCR Cup final against an opposition unbeaten this season. Wolfson made the better start against Queens’ and Akram Shalabi gave Wolfson a deserved lead. However, Queens’ bounced back, with two converted

penalties seeing them ahead at the interval. After the break, Wolfson attacked immediately and, before

Neil Casey


Alumni Matters

In the last edition of Ring True, we reported the launch of The Professor Sir David Williams Fund, in memory of our former President: we are delighted to report that David’s Fund now stands at £30,000, and continues to grow. Very many thanks indeed to all those who have supported this initiative in David’s memory. As ever, online giving is available at www.wolfsongiving.com.

Thank you, once again, for all your marvellous support over the past term. We have been delighted to meet more alumni, and have been thrilled with the wide engagement by College members with the Wolfson Network: www.WolfsonNetwork.com. We are also very grateful to the generous donors among our members, who help the College to further strengthen its support for student bursaries, teaching resources, the gardens, the Lee Library and College music.

We were very pleased indeed to see so many of Wolfson’s donors for the Benefactors’ Reception, held in College prior to the Garden Party (top). Over 100 guests gathered in the Combination Room, and we were delighted that their number included current students, alumni, Fellows and Senior Members of the College. Thank you so much to you all for everything you do in support of Wolfson: your commitment is very much appreciated.

We ended the Lent term with a visit to see alumni and friends of Wolfson in Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. A lively networking dinner was hosted by the President and Mrs Johnson in Hong Kong, where they were very pleased to reconnect with old friends (top row). We then moved to Kuala Lumpur, where almost 50 alumni, Wolfson Course members and Press Fellows met for drinks and dinner in the splendid surroundings of the KL Tower, with spectacular views across the city (second row). Our particular thanks to Ms Elizabeth Lee (1984) for her marvellous support with the organisation of this event.

Our London drinks reception in June was also very well attended, with 120 Wolfson members gathering at the Oxford and Cambridge Club in Pall Mall to meet old friends, network and hear the President speak (second right). This year’s quinquennial and decennial reunion dinner on 25 September is fast approaching: for those of the relevant academic year groups who have not yet registered, details are at www.2010Reunion. WolfsonEvents.com.

Singapore was our next destination, where we attended meetings and events with many of Wolfson’s loyal friends and supporters. We are very grateful to Dr Y Y Wong and Mrs Geok Choo Wong, parents of alumni Dr Meng Ee Wong (1995), Mr Meng Keet Wong (2004) and Miss Meili Huang (2005), who hosted a marvellous lunch gathering for Wolfson members at their beautiful home (third row). We were also privileged to meet Wolfson’s long-term friends Honorary Fellow Dr Lee Seng Tee and Mrs Betty Wu Lee; Honorary Fellow Professor Wang Gungwu and Mrs Margaret Wang; and Visiting Fellow Dr Anthony Teo and Mrs Margaret Teo.

The Kindersley Stone at the Selwyn Gardens entrance to the College, May 2010

The visit also provided a marvellous forum in which to meet new members of the Wolfson community in Singapore, and we very much look forward to expanding the existing networks across Asia for our

members. We are extremely grateful to all our friends in Asia for their support, and look forward to building on the excellent relationships already in place in this part of the world.

Our alumni groups have been busy, and we now have another new Local Association group, this time in the UAE. Their first social event was held in Dubai in March at the Address Hotel, overlooking Burj Khalifa and the Souk el Bahhar area, and they look forward to welcoming other local members to their next gathering. Second left (L – R) are Professor Ajit Karnik, Miss Monica Naufal and Mr Saif Hassan; many other alumni have expressed an interest in joining the Association for future events.

From the President We were very pleased that enterprising Berlin alumni went ahead with the gettogether in April (above third), even though the President and Development Director were stranded in the UK by volcanic ash: further proof, if it were needed, that Wolfson alumni are sociable, enterprising and independent. We look forward to rescheduling this and the proposed Dublin event, and to meeting you all soon. Members in Europe may be interested to know that we have now registered with Transnational Giving Europe, allowing you to make donations to the College which are tax-efficient to you. Do please contact us on development@ wolfson.cam.uk for further details. If you are interested in getting together with Wolfson members in your area,

Congratulations are due to Professor Alison Richard, who became a Dame of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Her seven years as ViceChancellor come to an end on 1 October 2010, and it is right to celebrate what has been an outstanding tenure of office. We are delighted that she is one of our own Honorary Fellows and that her husband, Professor Dewar, is a Research Fellow of the College. We wish them well in retirement from official Cambridge duties.

and perhaps forming a new Local Association, do get in touch with Kate Hampson on alumni.assistant@ wolfson.cam.ac.uk. You can see news of all the groups on the website at www.wolfson.cam.ac.uk/alumni/ network/associations. Karen Stephenson

If you have ideas for new initiatives or events, do please let us know on alumni@wolfson.cam.ac.uk – we are always delighted to hear from you.

www.wolfsongiving.com

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Congratulations are due also to Dr Ivor Day, Rolls-Royce Research Fellow of the College since 1990, on his election as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and the award of ‘Best Paper’ presented at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers conference in Florida last year. Dr Robert Sansom, Senior Member of the College and a most generous contributor to our Roger Needham Fund, has also been elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. Dr John Firth has been awarded a Pilkington Prize for his outstanding contributions to teaching. The Pilkington Prizes were established in 1994 by Sir

Alistair Pilkington to recognise excellence in teaching in the University. Dr Firth, who is Associate Clinical Dean and a Consultant Nephrologist, has developed online learning facilities for the Department of Health. He is the seventh Fellow of Wolfson to have been awarded a Pilkington Prize. Our President-elect, Professor Richard Evans, delivered the third Lee Seng Tee Distinguished Lecture on 7 June. His topic was ‘Looted Art and its Restitution’ and the film of the lecture is on the College website. Professor Evans and his wife Dr Christine Corton were then entertained to dinner in College with guests from the Fitzwilliam Museum and other University museums and faculties who have a lively interest in the subject. Among a distinguished cross-section of the College’s membership, it was a particular pleasure to welcome Revd Professor Owen Chadwick, chairman of the original Trustees of the College and an Honorary Fellow, to Commemoration Dinner on 23 June. Before dinner, we renamed ‘42 Barton Road’ as ‘Chadwick House’ in his honour.


Alumni Matters

In the last edition of Ring True, we reported the launch of The Professor Sir David Williams Fund, in memory of our former President: we are delighted to report that David’s Fund now stands at £30,000, and continues to grow. Very many thanks indeed to all those who have supported this initiative in David’s memory. As ever, online giving is available at www.wolfsongiving.com.

Thank you, once again, for all your marvellous support over the past term. We have been delighted to meet more alumni, and have been thrilled with the wide engagement by College members with the Wolfson Network: www.WolfsonNetwork.com. We are also very grateful to the generous donors among our members, who help the College to further strengthen its support for student bursaries, teaching resources, the gardens, the Lee Library and College music.

We were very pleased indeed to see so many of Wolfson’s donors for the Benefactors’ Reception, held in College prior to the Garden Party (top). Over 100 guests gathered in the Combination Room, and we were delighted that their number included current students, alumni, Fellows and Senior Members of the College. Thank you so much to you all for everything you do in support of Wolfson: your commitment is very much appreciated.

We ended the Lent term with a visit to see alumni and friends of Wolfson in Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. A lively networking dinner was hosted by the President and Mrs Johnson in Hong Kong, where they were very pleased to reconnect with old friends (top row). We then moved to Kuala Lumpur, where almost 50 alumni, Wolfson Course members and Press Fellows met for drinks and dinner in the splendid surroundings of the KL Tower, with spectacular views across the city (second row). Our particular thanks to Ms Elizabeth Lee (1984) for her marvellous support with the organisation of this event.

Our London drinks reception in June was also very well attended, with 120 Wolfson members gathering at the Oxford and Cambridge Club in Pall Mall to meet old friends, network and hear the President speak (second right). This year’s quinquennial and decennial reunion dinner on 25 September is fast approaching: for those of the relevant academic year groups who have not yet registered, details are at www.2010Reunion. WolfsonEvents.com.

Singapore was our next destination, where we attended meetings and events with many of Wolfson’s loyal friends and supporters. We are very grateful to Dr Y Y Wong and Mrs Geok Choo Wong, parents of alumni Dr Meng Ee Wong (1995), Mr Meng Keet Wong (2004) and Miss Meili Huang (2005), who hosted a marvellous lunch gathering for Wolfson members at their beautiful home (third row). We were also privileged to meet Wolfson’s long-term friends Honorary Fellow Dr Lee Seng Tee and Mrs Betty Wu Lee; Honorary Fellow Professor Wang Gungwu and Mrs Margaret Wang; and Visiting Fellow Dr Anthony Teo and Mrs Margaret Teo.

The Kindersley Stone at the Selwyn Gardens entrance to the College, May 2010

The visit also provided a marvellous forum in which to meet new members of the Wolfson community in Singapore, and we very much look forward to expanding the existing networks across Asia for our

members. We are extremely grateful to all our friends in Asia for their support, and look forward to building on the excellent relationships already in place in this part of the world.

Our alumni groups have been busy, and we now have another new Local Association group, this time in the UAE. Their first social event was held in Dubai in March at the Address Hotel, overlooking Burj Khalifa and the Souk el Bahhar area, and they look forward to welcoming other local members to their next gathering. Second left (L – R) are Professor Ajit Karnik, Miss Monica Naufal and Mr Saif Hassan; many other alumni have expressed an interest in joining the Association for future events.

From the President We were very pleased that enterprising Berlin alumni went ahead with the gettogether in April (above third), even though the President and Development Director were stranded in the UK by volcanic ash: further proof, if it were needed, that Wolfson alumni are sociable, enterprising and independent. We look forward to rescheduling this and the proposed Dublin event, and to meeting you all soon. Members in Europe may be interested to know that we have now registered with Transnational Giving Europe, allowing you to make donations to the College which are tax-efficient to you. Do please contact us on development@ wolfson.cam.uk for further details. If you are interested in getting together with Wolfson members in your area,

Congratulations are due to Professor Alison Richard, who became a Dame of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Her seven years as ViceChancellor come to an end on 1 October 2010, and it is right to celebrate what has been an outstanding tenure of office. We are delighted that she is one of our own Honorary Fellows and that her husband, Professor Dewar, is a Research Fellow of the College. We wish them well in retirement from official Cambridge duties.

and perhaps forming a new Local Association, do get in touch with Kate Hampson on alumni.assistant@ wolfson.cam.ac.uk. You can see news of all the groups on the website at www.wolfson.cam.ac.uk/alumni/ network/associations. Karen Stephenson

If you have ideas for new initiatives or events, do please let us know on alumni@wolfson.cam.ac.uk – we are always delighted to hear from you.

www.wolfsongiving.com

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Congratulations are due also to Dr Ivor Day, Rolls-Royce Research Fellow of the College since 1990, on his election as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and the award of ‘Best Paper’ presented at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers conference in Florida last year. Dr Robert Sansom, Senior Member of the College and a most generous contributor to our Roger Needham Fund, has also been elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. Dr John Firth has been awarded a Pilkington Prize for his outstanding contributions to teaching. The Pilkington Prizes were established in 1994 by Sir

Alistair Pilkington to recognise excellence in teaching in the University. Dr Firth, who is Associate Clinical Dean and a Consultant Nephrologist, has developed online learning facilities for the Department of Health. He is the seventh Fellow of Wolfson to have been awarded a Pilkington Prize. Our President-elect, Professor Richard Evans, delivered the third Lee Seng Tee Distinguished Lecture on 7 June. His topic was ‘Looted Art and its Restitution’ and the film of the lecture is on the College website. Professor Evans and his wife Dr Christine Corton were then entertained to dinner in College with guests from the Fitzwilliam Museum and other University museums and faculties who have a lively interest in the subject. Among a distinguished cross-section of the College’s membership, it was a particular pleasure to welcome Revd Professor Owen Chadwick, chairman of the original Trustees of the College and an Honorary Fellow, to Commemoration Dinner on 23 June. Before dinner, we renamed ‘42 Barton Road’ as ‘Chadwick House’ in his honour.


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