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Alumni remember Dr Stuart Warren

"Since starting my independent research career at the University of Cape Town, I have made every effort to treat members of my group who come from disadvantaged chemistry backgrounds the way Stuart treated me — with understanding and kindness."

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Exploring 'Diversity in Chemistry'

Alumni joined members of the department and speakers from UK Research and Innovation, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Proud Science Alliance and the BBC World Service, to explore issues around diversity in chemistry.

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Demonstrating combustion with an exploding treacle tin!

The explosive demonstration lectures here that celebrated The Year of the Periodic Table reminded Professor Brian Thrush of the lectures he attended in the 1940s...

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Meeting our researchers over a glass of wine

Our September 2019 Alumni Wine Tasting included the opportunity to learn about our latest research – while also enjoying bad puns, good snacks and a fiendish wine quiz.

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Guess who... the competition winner is?

Congratulations to Martin Levy, a research student in Theoretical Chemistry from 1970 to 1973. He is the winner of the the 'Guess who...' competition we ran in the spring 2019 issue of Chem@Cam.

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Viewing the invisible in science and art

Two alumni of this department had their portraits painted for Viewing the Invisible - a BBSRC-funded project bringing scientists together with artists to explore the similarities in their working methods.

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Distinguished Alumnus elected Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society

Congratulations to department alumnus Dr Yusuf K Hamied, who has been elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society.

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Celebrating Women in Chemistry

Watch our new video to see what happened when we invited alumni back to the Department for a special event marking the UN International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

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A new name for our oldest Chair

The 1702 Chair of Chemistry at Cambridge – one of the longest-established Chemistry Chairs in the UK – is to be renamed in honour of a distinguished alumnus whose generous new donation will support it in future.

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Reunion for Pre-1979 Chemistry Alumni

At our Chemistry Alumni Reunion in March 2019 we celebrated the International Year of the Periodic Table with a special alumni lecture, drinks and private view of an exhibition marking the anniversary.

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Welcoming Alumni to Open Day 2019

We welcomed alumni and their families at our Chemistry Open Day in March 2019 to enjoy activities for scientists of all ages. 

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Alumni taste wine on case-by-case basis

There was a lot of laughter. There were some terrible jokes. ("I like to drink wine on a case-by-case basis...") And then there were the ingenious team names including 'In It To Wine It' and 'The Imposters'. Yes, the Department of Chemistry's annual Call My Bluff Wine Tasting was back again.

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Professor Brian Thrush celebrates his 90th

Colleagues and friends joined former Head of Department Brian Thrush at a party in the department in July to help him celebrate his 90th birthday.

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Alumni share fund of memories

"I remember all-day practical exams. And being allowed to cook over Bunsen burners. That wouldn’t, couldn’t, happen now." So said one alumnus at our recent alumni event... 

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60 Years in Lensfield Road

Alumni have been sharing some great memories of working in the Lensfield Road building, which celebrated the 60th anniversary of its official opening in November 2018. 

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