Cambridge University


In 2009, the University of Cambridge reaches a special milestone – 800 years of people, ideas and achievements that continue to transform and benefit the world. Celebrating the best of Cambridge’s rich history and looking forward to the future, the University will reflect on the myriad achievements and world-changing ideas born within its walls, from the establishment of the fundamentals of physics to the discovery of the structure of DNA; from the transformative thinking of great Cambridge philosophers, poets and artists; to the groundbreaking work of its many Nobel Prize winners.

Cambridge is one of the world's leading research universities. Cambridge affiliates have won more than 80 Nobel Prizes, more than any other institution in the world.Some of the most famous scientific minds in history have studied, researched or taught here. This is the home of Newton and Darwin, Crick and Watson, Babbage and Hawking. However, it is also the place where the first fully 3D computer game was written, where the precursor to the modern webcam was invented, and where some of today’s best-known entertainers began their careers.

Cambridge provides an unparalleled learning experience for our students, who come here from across the globe. Our teaching staff are world leaders in their fields. Our researchers are working towards the discoveries and innovations that will transform lives now and in the years to come.

The 800th Anniversary will be marked in a variety of events throughout the year. We invite staff, alumni, students, the local community and our fellow universities to celebrate with us during 2009.

Today’s up and coming researchers will be featured in Cambridge Ideas: a year-long series of podcasts and films. Cambridge Ideas aims to showcase the breadth of academic expertise and the cutting edge research which is taking place at Cambridge.

In order to support faculties, departments, colleges and University groups wishing to help celebrate the 800th Anniversary, the University has established a 2009 Fund. The fund has attracted applications from across collegiate Cambridge. Lucy Cavendish College, the Department of Archaeology, CU Spaceflight, Cambridge Contemporary Dance, the Endellion String Quartet, the Department of Engineering, the University Chaplaincy, the CU Quiz Society and Full Blue Racing are some of the more than 40 groups which have received funding.

The life and work of Charles Darwin will be celebrated throughout 2009, marking 200 years since his birth and 150 years since the publication of ‘On the Origin of Species’. Taking place from 5-10 July, the Darwin 2009 Festival will feature talks, discussions, performances, workshops, exhibitions and tours.


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