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The Person Behind the Prize: An Interview with Richard Parmee

The Parmee Prize competition is an annual event that offers students a chance to win £2000 to kickstart their business. Richard Parmee (1970) is the driving force behind the prize. He began at Pembroke in the Natural Sciences Tripos, but after two years had migrated to Electrical Sciences in Engineering. This, it transpired, was a good decision, as he did well enough there to begin research in what is now signal…

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Chemistry, computers and commerce

‘I vowed three things in my life’ says Professor Mike Payne. ‘I said I’d never become an academic, I’d never work with computers and I’d never do physics.’ Today, he is one of the world’s leading academics in the field of computational physics. Mike is widely recognised as ‘an outstanding scientist and innovator’. In 1996 he won the Maxwell Medal. In 1998 he gave the prestigious Mott Lecture. In 2008 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. He now holds the Chair of Computational Physics at the University of Cambridge. Just last month the Institute of Physics recognised his ‘outstanding contribution’ to the field by awarding him the…

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A room of one’s own

Earlier in September our graduate students moved to their new bedrooms. Here, two of them reveal how they are making the place feel like home. Courtney (2013), PhD in Pathology…

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‘One of the guys’

This year Pembroke is marking 30 years since women students were admitted to the College. Sovaida Ma’ani Ewing was one of the first women to graduate from Pembroke College. She arrived as a…

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Fact meets fiction

‘I have incredibly clear memories of my time at Pembroke,’ says the author Richard Beard (1985). His recollections of these real events regularly blur into imagined stories. ‘My memories of…

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