This lecture is given in memory of Professor Richard Ellmann, Fellow of Wolfson College from 1984–1987, to mark the 30th anniversary of his death and of the publication of his biography of Oscar Wilde.
Professor Richard Holmes is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Fellow of the British Academy and was awarded an OBE in 1992. He was awarded an honorary Litt.D. in 2000 by the University of East Anglia, where he was appointed Professor of Biographical Studies in September 2001. He is author of The Age of Wonder (2008), an examination of the life and work of the scientists of the Romantic age who laid the foundations of modern science, and Falling Upwards: How we Took to the Air (2013). The Age of Wonder was shortlisted for the 2009 Samuel Johnson Prize.