News of our Fellows
Professor Simon Baron-Cohen talks about autism on BBC Radio 4
Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, director of the Autism Research Centre at Cambridge University and vice-president of the National Autistic Society, has appeared on BBC Radio 4's Today programme to talk about the waiting times facing people seeking diagnosis of autism.
Sir Adam Roberts completes extended cycle ride from Land’s End to John o'Groats
Former British Academy President, Sir Adam Roberts, has completed a cycle ride from Land's End to John o'Groats (LE JoG), by an extended 1,200-mile route taking in the Outer Hebrides. The 24-day journey with his daughter Hannah celebrated his 75th birthday. It is the third time he has cycled LE JoG in his seventies.
Uta Frith presents BBC2's Horizon programme about OCD
Professor Uta Frith meets the people living with OCD, looks at the therapy available and asks what neuroscience can offer by way of a cure, in BBC 2's Horizon programme OCD: A Monster in my Mind.
Andrew Wallace-Hadrill presents BBC2 series Building the Ancient City: Athens and Rome
Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill presents BBC2 series Building the Ancient City: Athens and Rome. In the first episode, Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill takes the viewer on a journey to find out how Athens gave birth to the idea of a city run by free citizens 2,500 years ago. In the second episode he explains how the Romans make their their great city work.
Ian Diamond on the shortage of maths teachers
Commenting on the shortfall of 5,500 maths teachers for secondary schools in England, Professor Sir Ian Diamond has written in a letter to The Times that 'the issue is about quality as well as quantity.' He goes on to say that in addition to teacher recruitment and retention, the government must focus on the quality of teachers' skills, alongside a 'continuous review of the maths curriculum.'
Sir Anthony Kenny writes about the lessons of Hiroshima in London Evening Standard
Former British Academy President, Sir Anthony Kenny has written an article for the London Evening Standard newspaper called 'We have learned the lessons of Hiroshima but can't be complacent'.
'Reflections with Peter Hennessy' broadcast by BBC Radio 4
Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield asks senior politicians to reflect on their lives and times in the latest BBC Radio 4 series of Reflections with Peter Hennessy.
Dorothy Bishop on BBC Radio 4 The Life Scientific
Professor Bishop has appeared on BBC Radio 4's programme The Life Scientific. Since the 1970s, she has been instrumental in bringing to light Specific Language Impairment (SLI), a little-known language disorder that may affect around two children per class starting primary school.
Nine British Academy Fellows named in Birthday Honours List
Nine Fellows of the British Academy are honoured in The Queen's Birthday Honours List for 2015. Our congratulations to: Professor Vicki Bruce (DBE); The Right Honourable the Lord Harry Woolf (CH); Professor Christopher Clark (KT); Dr Nicholas Penny (KT); Dr James Adams (CBE); Professor Rachel Griffith (CBE); Professor Linda Newson (OBE); Professor David Parker (OBE).
Nicholas Stern asks 'Why are we waiting?' on climate change
Business leaders, cities and young people should be placing more pressure on world leaders to create 'political tipping points' for action on climate change, says British Academy President, Lord Stern of Brentford, in 'Why Are We Waiting? The logic, urgency and promise of tackling climate change' published today (3 June 2015) by MIT Press.
Christopher Prendergast elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Professor Christopher Prendergast has been elected as a Foreign Honorary Member by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The American Academy is a champion of scholarship, civil dialogue and useful knowledge. Its membership includes over 4,600 Fellows and 600 Foreign Honorary Members.
Neil MacGregor honoured with Gundolf Prize
Neil MacGregor has been awarded the Friedrich Gundolf Prize by the German Academy for Language and Literature. MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, was presented with the "Friedrich-Gundolf-Preis für die Vermittlung deutscher Kultur im Ausland" (Friedrich-Gundolf-Prize for furthering the understanding of German culture abroad) for his recent exhibition at the British Museum "Germany: Memories of a Nation".