News archive 2003
King’s academics win national prize06 Nov 2003, PR 77/03
Two of the 25 Philip Leverhulme Prizes for 2003 have been won by academics in the School of Humanities at King’s College London.
Dr Peter Adamson, Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy, and Dr Rebecca Flemming, Lecturer in Ancient History in the Department of Classics, have been awarded Philip Leverhulme Prizes, worth £50,000 to each of them, for the advancement of their research.
The Prizes commemorate the contribution to the work of the Leverhulme Trust made by Philip Leverhulme, the third Viscount Leverhulme and grandson of the founder. They are for outstanding scholars, normally under the age of 36, whose work is already recognised at international level.
Peter Adamson’s main research interests are late Greek philosophy and Arabic philosophy, with special emphasis on the transmission of Greek thought in the early Arabic philosophical tradition. He has published numerous articles on this topic and a book, The Arabic Plotinus: a Philosophical Study of the “Theology of Aristotle” (Duckworth, 2003). He is an editor of the forthcoming Cambridge Companion to Arabic Philosophy. Dr Adamson will use his grant to pursue a book project on the thought of al-Kindi, the first major philosopher of the Arabic tradition.
Rebecca Flemming is a social and cultural historian of the ancient world with particular interests in the workings of gender and medicine in the Roman Empire. These two subjects were brought together in her first book Medicine and the Making of Roman Women (OUP 2000) and have been dealt with separately in a number of articles. Both themes also feature in her current research plans, which include both work on women in Roman religion, and on medicine and society in the Roman world more broadly.
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King’s College London
King’s is one of the oldest and largest colleges of the University of London with some 13,400 undergraduate students and some 5,000 postgraduates in ten schools of study. The College had 24 of its subject-areas awarded the highest rating of 5* and 5 for research quality, demonstrating excellence at an international level. It is in the top group of five universities for research earnings and has an annual turnover of £320 million and research income from grants and contracts of some £90 million (2001-2002). King’s is a member of the Russell Group, a coalition of the UK’s major research-based universities.
The Leverhulme Trust
The Trust, established at the wish of William Hesketh Lever, the first Viscount Leverhulme, makes awards for the support of research and education. The Trust emphasises individuals and encompasses all subject areas.
The Philip Leverhulme Prizes have been awarded to 25 academics (each worth £50,000) representing an investment of £1.25 million in the following disciplines: Astronomy and Astrophysics; Classics; Engineering; Geography; Philosophy and Ethics. The prizes are to recognise the outstanding research achievements of young scholars of distinction and promise based in UK institutions. Nomination materials for the 2004 round will be available after 1 January 2004. (www.leverhulme.org.uk/news.shtml#16)
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