The Cheltonian Association hosted a reception at the Royal Society in
London for Nobel Prize winner Sir Paul Nurse and over 100 Old Cheltonians, current students, parents and staff.
The Royal Society is a Fellowship of the world’s most eminent scientists
and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence.
The science reception gave members of Cheltenham College a chance
to hear from Sir Paul, President of the Royal Society and winner of the Nobel
Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Leland H Hartwell and R Timothy Hunt in
2001, about the importance of science in all our lives and the crucial role
that education provides. Before Sir Paul gave his address, three Cheltenham College
pupils, Jaques Sharam (U6, N), Alexander
Hilditch (U6, S) and Amy Foulkes (U6, Q), also had a chance to address the guests.
Speaking at the Royal Society last week Sir Paul said: “There
is almost nothing that you will do today that will not be touched and
influenced by science – from waking up in the morning to a radio alarm to
taking a pill if you have a headache to even making your breakfast.” He went on
to say: “Science contributes a lot to society but it will only do that if we
can get the education of science right. Science requires fantastic teaching so you can
communicate what is, quite honestly, a difficult subject. That you communicate
that this is worth mastering because the wonder of the world that you liberate
by learning about science.”
To read the full transcript of Sir Paul's address please click here.
In thanking Sir Paul, Dr Alex Peterken, Headmaster, commented “In his foreword to the book ‘Seeing Further’
which celebrated the 350th anniversary of the foundation of the
Royal Society, Sir Paul wrote: ‘Today science not only continues to improve our
lives … it constantly offers wonderful opportunities to enchant us … as we look
forward we must ensure that the story continues and the inquisitive nature that
is inherent in the young is nurtured.’ And that is a vocation we will continue to
take very seriously at Cheltenham College.”
The refurbishment of Cheltenham College’s science
laboratories continues as part of a major on-going development programme.