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Peter Baker Travelling Fellowship and Lecture

Peter Baker was Halliburton Professor of Physiology, Head of the Department of Physiology and Fellow of King's College.

The Peter Baker Travelling Fellowship was established in 1987 by family and friends in his memory. The Fellowship assists a research worker or research student in the biomedical sciences, who is under 35 years of age at the time of holding the award, to spend a period of up to three months in another laboratory, normally outside the UK.  The purpose of the Fellowship is to provide an opportunity for the holder to learn a new method appropriate to the development of their research or to apply such a method to that research. Each year, the recipient of the Fellowship is invited to present a report of their research during the period of the award.

The application for the Peter Baker Travelling Fellowship is now open. Please apply by 4 December 2015.

The last Peter Baker lecture was delivered in 2014 by Professor David Ron from Cambridge Institute for Medical Research, University of Cambridge. The lecture was entitled "Protein folding Homeostasis in the Endoplasmic Reticulum".

Halliburton Lecture in Physiology

The Halliburton Lecture in Physiology is named after William Dobinson Halliburton (1860-1931) who was Professor of Physiology at King’s from 1890 to 1923. He was author of 'A Text-Book of Chemical Physiology and Pathology' (1901) and a 'Hand-book of Physiology' which went through many editions.

He left £10,000 to King’s '..towards the salary of a professor in the subject of physiology or the sciences relating thereto' (King’s and Some King’s Men, H Willoughby Lyle 1935). In 1932 the rebuilt Physiology Laboratory was named after him. The present Halliburton Chair is currently held by Ian Thompson.

The last Halliburton Lecture was delivered in 2014 by Professor David Gradwell, Director of Aviation Medicine, Centre of Human & Aerospace Physiological Sciences King’s College.

McDowall Lecture

The McDowall lecture is held annually in memory of Robert John Stewart McDowall (1892-1990) who was a Halliburton Professor of Physiology from 1923 to 1959. The Lecture is hosted by Professor Jeremy Ward, Head of the Department of Physiology and is supported by the Physiological Society.

In 2015 Professor Lord Robert M. Winston, Professor of Science & Society, Imperial College London delivered a lecture entitled " So-called Clinical Medicine: Have We Lost the Plot?"


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