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Philosophical Society

At a meeting held on 1 March 1999 in the Cockcroft Lecture Theatre, New Museums Site, Dr A. J. Munro, President, was in the Chair. Professor J. A. Todd, of the Department of Medical Genetics, delivered a lecture entitled Common disease: a legacy of survival of the species. A vote of thanks was moved by Professor M. Bobrow.

Travel Grants amounting to £1,190 have been awarded to Fellows of the Society.


The William Bate Hardy Prize has been awarded jointly to Professor T. H. Clutton-Brock, FRS, and Professor A. D. H. Wyllie, FRS.

The award to Professor Clutton-Brock is for the deep understanding he has brought to reproductive strategies in mammals, in particular the red deer, explaining the mating system and the parental behaviour employed by each species in relation to its ecology.

The award to Professor Wyllie is for his discovery of the phenomenon of apoptosis, otherwise termed programmed cell death, in mammalian cells.

The Prize is founded in memory of Sir William Bate Hardy (1864-1934) who was a Fellow of the Society. It is awarded once in three years 'for the best original memoir, investigation or discovery by a member of the University of Cambridge in connection with Biological Science that may have been published during the three years immediately preceding'.

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Cambridge University Reporter, 17 March 1999
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