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Professor of Experimental Physics, Cambridge University
United Kingdom

Professor Dame Athene Donald did her first and second degrees in Cambridge. After 4 years postdoctoral experience in the USA she returned to Cambridge. She became a Professor in 1998 and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1999. Her research is in the general field of soft matter and physics at the interface of biology; she has published over 250 papers in these fields. She has chaired many committees within Cambridge and beyond and is currently a member of the Scientific Council of the European Research Council. As well as various prizes from the Institute of Physics and Royal Society, she won the 2009 L'Oreal/Unesco Laureate for Europe award. She was appointed DBE in the 2010 Birthday Honours for services to Physics. From October 2014 she takes up the role of Master of Churchill College, Cambridge.

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