Staff Newspaper of Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
IC Reporter
  Issue 96, 3 July 2000
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Your chance to toast the new Senior Common Room «
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The Queen's Birthday Honours List «
Wellcome Trust appoints new Governor «
Glaister joins new transport board «
Lords seek advice from management students «
Rector lambasts government for consistent underfunding «
Universities dismayed by threat of science cuts «
O&G topping out ceremony «
Reconstructing Rembrandt: the grim reaper exposed «
Review: Golden Jubilee for lunchtime concerts «
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In Brief

Dr Elsie Widdowson
Dr Elsie Widdowson, an IC alumnus who has been a major contributor to the study of nutrition, has died aged 94.

Originally trained as a chemist, she was one of Imperial College's first women graduates. Her scientific discoveries have had universal influence in such diverse fields as farming practices, veterinary medicine, infant physiology, growth and Third World nutrition.

During the Second World War, the research and diets recommended by Dr Widdowson and colleague Professor R A McCance, are widely recognised to have been the basis of the healthiest diet the population ever had.

She became a Companion of Honour in 1993 and a Fellow of the College in 1994.

As reported in IC Reporter, issue 94, the Elsie Widdowson Fellowship Scheme has been named in her honour.

Henry Humberstone
Henry Humberstone, Associate of Imperial College, died on 23 May. The foreman drain cleaner for 23 years until 1985 carried a model of the complete College drainage system in his head and devised his own preventative maintenance programme.

He also enjoyed horse racing: his soubriquets included Harry the Horse as well as Harry the Drain.

Greg Scott, a first year computing student, has won the Times student website award 2000.

He devised the site after being told last Christmas that he had a rare brain tumour, but found information difficult to access.

"I didn't get so much as a leaflet from the hospital dealing with my case and there was no one site that addressed all my concerns," he said.

Greg had surgery three months ago and has now recovered. His prize was a Dell Latitude notebook computer and accessories worth 5,000. His site, which features medical information, personal accounts from patients and Greg's diary of his hospital stay, can be found at

Naylor Prize
Professor Thanasis Fokas, department of mathematics, has been awarded the 2000 Naylor Prize and Lectureship in Applied Mathematics of the London Mathematical Society.

The award, announced at the Council of the Society meeting last month, was presented to Professor Stephen Hawking in 1999.

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