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The Athena Lecture 2018

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Imperial College London

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Experiments in Chemistry and Life

Dame Mary Archer DBE, Chairman, Science Museum Group

The lecture is free to attend and open to all, but registration is required in advance

Abstract

In this talk, Mary Archer will describe how her early work as a chemist with a particular interest in solar energy conversion has equipped her - and in some cases failed to equip her - for a varied subsequent career path, with stops along the way in the public and private sectors and occasional musical divertimenti.

Biography

Dame Mary Archer is currently chair of the Science Museum Group. She is an expert in photoelectrochemistry and is renowned in the fields of both science and health.

She studied Chemistry at Oxford University and gained her PhD in heterogeneous catalysis at Imperial College London in 1968. She moved into the field of solar energy conversion during her tenure as post-doctoral fellow with the Nobel-prize winner George Porter at the Royal Institution. She has authored or co-authored many seminal papers and books, notably the classic series “Photoconversion of Solar Energy”.

She was lecturer in Chemistry at Newnham and Trinity Colleges in Cambridge from 1976 to 1986 and around that time was appointed to the Board of Directors of the International Solar Energy Society. She was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Biochemistry of Imperial College London from 1992 to 1997, and in the Centre for Energy Policy and Technology, 2000-2003. She is President of the UK Solar Energy Society and of the National Energy Foundation and she has served on several government energy advisory groups.

Dame Mary’s achievements extend well beyond science and academia. She was chairman of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust between 2002 and 2012 and led a pioneering NHS-funded initiative to create decision aids for patients with localised prostate cancer. She has also served as Chair of Imperial College Health Partners' Expert Advisory Board.

Dame Mary’s accolades include the Eva Philbin Award of the Institute of Chemistry of Ireland and the Energy Institute’s Melchett Medal. She was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2012 Birthday Honours for her services to the NHS.

About the Athena Lecture

The annual Athena Lecture celebrates the achievements of women in science, technology and medicine. It is given by a prominent female scientist who has made outstanding contributions to any of these fields.

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