Image courtesy of Dr John Hemming.
Congratulations to the Society’s former Director, Dr John Hemming, who has been awarded the President’s Medal by the British Academy in recognition of his work in the field of colonial history and ethnography of Brazil and Peru, and the promotion of the protection of endangered societies.
The British Academy’s President’s Medal rewards outstanding service to the humanities and social sciences. Other recipients this year are journalist Zeinab Badawi, Dame Frances Cairncross, William Dalrymple, and Professor Andreas Gestrich.
Dr Hemming was Director of the Society between 1975 and 1996, and led a series of field research projects for the Society, including the Maracá Rainforest Project in Brazil which, with 200 scientists and scientific technicians, became the largest research project in Amazonia organised by a European country.
The 1815 Tambora eruption was the largest of modern times, but pales into insignificance in comparison with the biggest of all volcanic blasts. These so-called super-eruptions have the potential to have a catastrophic impact on our civilisation.
2 October 2019
Part of the School of Ocean and Environmental Sciences' series on Volcanoes—all you need to know! More details to be announced here nearer the event.
10 September 2019
Fifty years ago today, Commander Neil Armstrong, Col. Edwin Eugene ‘Buzz’ Aldrin and Lt. Col. Michael Collins successfully completed the first mission to land a person on the moon.
20 July 2019
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