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The following speech was delivered by THE PUBLIC ORATOR in a Congregation held on Saturday, 9 June, in presenting for the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science


Permulti hodie sunt ei qui adeo erinaceum Archilocheum magis quam volpem aemulandum putent, ut de scientiae suae angustiis quodam modo glorientur, tamquam si turpe sit complures Musarum provincias peragrare. hic qui adstat istorum sive morositatem sive ignaviam redarguit, qui cum adulescens admodum Aesculapi sectae adscribi vellet, tamen hominum physicorum chemicorum biologorum disciplinam vicissim degustabat; nam quod litteris humanioribus quoque incumbebat, nomismata Graeca adhuc intelligentia subtili usus et aestimat et colligit, ita praetereo ut dignissimum esse memoria iudicem. itaque hic, nullius addictus iurare in verba Minervae, ea autem studia persecutus quae animum trahebant alliciebant detinebant, omnem cuiuscumque scientiae generis appetitionem vehementer probat, quippe qui Ovidio poetae adsentitur monenti, Qua non exspectes veniet tibi piscis ad hamum. in Africa Meridionali educatus inter nos advenit, inter aequales eminebat, studiis reconditioribus insistebat; tempus enim illud erat quo et hic et alibi summi acuminis homines permulta corpusculorum genera quae nondum perspecta erant, nedum intellecta, et novis ratiocinandi viis excogitatis et organis inventis quibus abstrusae structurae dispicerentur, ita et scrutari et interpretari coeperant ut ipsius vitae arcana detecta patefacerent. quorum hic quem praesento pars magna fuit, qui qua est mentis subtilitate in corpusculis adeo exiguis ut oculorum aciem fugiant et compagem et conformationem explicarit, quin etiam exemplaria solida commentatus non animo tantum finxerit sed ad verum efficienda curaverit. multa cristallorum genera obscuritate olim involuta ita inlustravit ut hac luce clariora reddantur; id quod Lucretius poeta Taetri primordia viri adpellat, hic qui nomen ipsum a sollertia ducit acutissime indagavit. neque hoc praetermittendum, hunc iuniores in disciplina sua dedita cura fovere. haud mirum igitur eum praemiis honoribusque plurimis esse cumulatum.

Praesento virum in scientia primarium Aaron Klug, Equitem Auratum, Ordini Insigniter Meritorum adscriptum, Societatis Regiae Sodalem, Praemio Nobeliano nobilitatum, ut admittatur honoris causa ad gradum Doctoris in Scientia.


There are plenty of people nowadays who prefer to emulate the Hedgehog rather the Fox in the fable of Archilochus (`the Fox knows many things, but the Hedgehog knows one big thing'), and who are inclined to pride themselves on the specialised narrowness of their knowledge; as if there were something shameful about the mastery of several areas. Sir Aaron Klug is a standing rebuke to the pedantry, or the timidity, of such people. From an early age he set out to be a doctor, but he took courses in physics, chemistry, and biology; I say nothing of his literary interests, or of the fact that he is a collector and connoisseur of ancient Greek coins. I say nothing of these things—but I expect them to be remembered. So it is that Sir Aaron, who did not confine himself to any one science but pursued the studies which appealed to him and interested him, approves of every form of scientific curiosity. No doubt he would echo the words of the poet Ovid: Where you least expect, a fish will come to your hook. He was an undergraduate in South Africa, came to this country, where he was an outstanding student, and applied himself to research in a very difficult area. It was the period when great scientists were studying microscopic bodies which had never been observed before, much less understood: it was a time of new optical instruments and of new theoretical approaches, which together made possible the observation and analysis of hidden structures and so gave insight into the secrets of life itself. In all this Sir Aaron played a considerable role. With great intellectual power he succeeded in clarifying the structure and composition of microscopic bodies, and he created three-dimensional models which illustrated his discoveries. His work made many kinds of crystal, hitherto obscure, as clear as day. He traced the structure and the course of the tobacco mosaic virus: the `atoms of grim virus', in the phrase of the poet Lucretius. It is no accident that the German word klug means clever. It should not be forgotten that he is a devoted fosterer of the careers of young scientists. All in all, it is not surprising that he has received so many high academic honours.

I present an outstanding scientist, Sir Aaron Klug, OM, FRS, Nobel Laureate, for admission to the honorary degree of Doctor of Science.

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On the recommendation of the Medical Sciences Board, Council has assigned the Nuffield Department of Surgery to L.J. HANDS, MA (B.SC., MS London), FRCS, Fellow of Green College and Reader in Clinical Surgery, from 23 July 2001 until such time as a substantive appointment to the headship of the Nuffield Department of Surgery has been made.

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The Prize has been awarded to SAMANTHA SPAKE, New College.

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The Prize, for the most promising actress in her second year, has been awarded to LAURA MURRAY, Magdalen College.

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As part of the University's programme of regular departmental reviews, the Botanic Garden will be reviewed during Michaelmas Term by a panel appointed and chaired by the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Academic Services and University Collections).

The panel's terms of reference are:

`To review the governance, management, and staffing of the Botanic Garden; its relationship with other bodies (including those in the Life and Environmental Sciences Division and in the Academic Services and University Collections, and Magdalen College); its roles in conservation, teaching, and research and its obligations to its local, national, and international public, and the balance between these functions; and to make recommendations, bearing in mind where there are financial implications the level of resources likely to be available within the University and possible alternative ways of raising funds to implement them.'

Anyone wishing to make a submission to the review panel should send it by 26 October to the panel's Secretary, Dr N.P. Berry, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD (e-mail:

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The final Gazettes of the present academic year will be published on 22 June, 28 June, 12 July, and 26 July. Publication for 2001–2 will begin on 20 September. The usual deadline for official notices (5 p.m. on Thursday of the week preceding publication) will apply.

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Ewert House, Ewert Place, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7BZ

Isis Innovation, a wholly-owned company of the University, was established in 1988. The company has been formed to exploit know-how arising out of research funded by the UK Government through the Research Councils and funded by other bodies where the rights are not tied. The function of the company is to ensure that the results of research bring rewards to Oxford, and to the inventors, who are given a financial incentive for exploitation.

Isis seeks licensees willing to pay lump sums and/or royalties for the use of know-how arising out of research. Isis also exploits the intellectual property of the University by setting up individual companies using venture capital or development capital funds.

Isis' services are also available to individuals who wish to exploit the results of research supported by non-Research Council sources, when there are no prior conditions on the handling of the intellectual property rights. Isis Innovation has at its disposal a small pre-seedcorn fund for paying the costs of protecting intellectual property rights and for taking work to a stage where its potential can be assessed.

Isis finds industrial partners to ensure that new ideas can be developed for market requirements. The company has established the Oxford Innovation Society for major industrial companies, so that they can have a window on Oxford technology and an opportunity to license and invest where appropriate.

A brochure explaining Isis' activities is available. If you wish to receive a copy, please contact Isis (details below).

Members of the University should contact the Managing Director if they wish to take advantage of the services that Isis provides. (Telephone: (2)80830, fax: (2)80831, e-mail:, Internet:

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Approval has been given on behalf of Council for the expeditions detailed below to have the right to use the title `Oxford University Expedition to'. For each expedition the expedition title, leader's name, and area of interest is given.

Polillo 2001

Katie R. Hampson, St Anne's College

The project will map remaining forest fragments on Polillo island, the Philippines and complete complementary faunal surveys, with particular focus on the island endemics and Gray's monitor, the only fruit-eating member of this family of large carnivorous lizards.

Yungas 2001

Ross C. Macleod, Wolfson College

This is a joint expedition from Oxford and Glasgow Universities which aims to carry out the first assessment of the biological diversity and conservation importance of the yungas forests of the Cordillera de Mosetenes, the largest ecologically unexplored area in the Bolivian Andes. Survey work will include inventories of the amphibians, birds, insects, plants, and reptiles of the area.

Taiwan 2001

Andrew M. Limond, St Anne's College

The expedition will seek to discover the links between ethnic identity and boat-building (plus other aspects of material culture) on Orchid Island (Lanyu) off the south-east coast of Taiwan.

Svalbard 2001

Kirsteen J. Tinto, Worcester College

Team members will be making a small-scale geological map of an area in the West of Spitzbergen, concentrating on the kinematics of the faulting in the region.

Kasokwa 2001

Ella K. Chase, St Anne's College

The expedition will conduct an investigation into human--chimpanzee conflict in and around Kasokwa forest, Western Uganda. It will record incidences of crop-raiding, track the chimps' movements, and survey the local population on their views of chimps and other conservation issues.

Xitu 2001

Richard J. Doyle, Keble College

The Oxford University Cave Club will be carrying out further exploration of the Xitu cave system in the Western Massif of the Picos de Europa, Northern Spain. It aims to discover and survey new passages both upstream and downstream, and examine how these contribute to the overall hydrology of the area, including the Culiembro resurgence cave.

Vanuatu 2001

David M. Challis, Somerville College

The team will collect biological and ecological data on a range of endemic bird species on Gaua Island in order to lend support to a proposed reserve in the area (Lake Letas).

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Opening arrangements for the Sackler Library

The Library wishes to confirm its plans to move into the Sackler Library in the Long Vacation of 2001. The usual Gazette notice for Long Vacation hours of University Libraries will give the opening hours of the constituent collections, the projected date of closure and move into the Sackler, and the subsequent opening hours of the Sackler.

Apart from complete closure during Week 10 (25--9 June), the Main Library will remain open with discrete sections of stock unavailable while being transferred during the following weeks. The other constituent collections will each be closed for two to three weeks, and the move should be completed by mid-August. However, as the timetable has been formulated around the minimum possible periods of closure, all parts are subject to change according to progress with the move. For more detailed information and updates, please consult the Web-site

Although the Library staff will make every effort to maintain services through this period, readers are requested to minimise their use of the Library in June, July, and August. Visitors are requested to check the Web-site before making arrangements to travel to Oxford and, as a precaution, to avoid Mondays 2, 9, 16 July, 6, 13 August, and the following Tuesdays. All parts of the Library will be closed on Saturdays from 30 June to 22 September, as well as 27 August, 3--4 September, and some or all of 24 September.

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To a Fellowship in Rabbinics (from 1 October 2001): DR JOANNA WEINBERG, James Mew Lecturer in Rabbinical Hebrew

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