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Philosophical Society


Professor P. J. W. Rayner will deliver the Larmor Lecture, entitled Signal processing - extracting information from imperfect measurements, at 8.30 p.m. on Monday, 9 October, in the Cockcroft Lecture Theatre, New Museums Site. The lecture, intended for an audience with wide interests, is open to all. This will be a joint meeting with the Cambridge Society for the Application of Research. The presentation of the Society's William Hopkins Prize will be made before the lecture.


The Annual General Meeting of the Society will be held on Monday, 30 October 2000, at 4.30 p.m. in the Arts School.

The office of the Society is situated in the Arts School, Bene't Street, Cambridge (tel. 334743, e-mail camphilossoc@ula. cam.ac.uk).

The Society was founded in 1819 'for the purpose of promoting scientific inquiry' and was granted a Royal Charter by King William IV in 1832. Membership is open to graduates of the University, and to other graduates who at the time of application are resident in Cambridge or its neighbourhood.

Members may receive one of the journals of the Society (Mathematical Proceedings or Biological Re-views) on payment of such sum as shall from time to time be determined by the Council and approved at a General Meeting; a Fellow who is a registered Graduate Student resident in Cambridge on 1 January of any year need pay no additional charge for the year for one of these journals which his or her Supervisor deems is relevant to his or her studies, provided that it is delivered to a College or Department. Members are also entitled to apply to the Society for Research Studentships and for grants towards the cost of translations and travel. Brief details of these facilities are given below; further particulars and forms of application may be obtained from the Executive Secretary at the Society's office.

Research Studentships. The Society will award one or more Studentships to Graduate Students to enable them to conclude a promising piece of research nearing completion. Awards are made expressly for this purpose, for periods not longer than three months. The closing dates for applications are 1 November and 1 July. Applicants must have been members of the Society for at least one year before the relevant closing date.

Translation Grants. In connection with the Scientific Periodicals Library's Advisory Service on Translations, the Society, in approved cases, will make grants to its Fellows towards the cost of written or oral translations. Preference will be given to those who have been members of the Society for at least one year and who are not eligible for grants from the General Board of the University. A condition of the grant will be that part of the cost must be paid by the applicant. A copy of any written translation must be deposited in the Scien-tific Periodicals Library. Applications from Graduate Students should be certified by their Supervisors.

Travel Grants. The Council of the Society will consider applications from Fellows for a limited number of grants for travel within and outside the United Kingdom on projects which are consistent with the aims of the Society. Preference will be given to projects involving the promotion of research rather than the presentation of results. The closing dates for applications are 1 November, 1 February, and 1 May for travel in the following vacations, but late applications for travel in August and September may be considered if submitted before 1 July and supported by good reasons for the delay. Applicants must have been members of the Society for at least one year before the relevant closing date. Each application should be accompanied by a letter of support.

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Cambridge University Reporter, 4 October 2000
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