Honorary Doctorate - 2006
Professor Lisa Jardine has enjoyed phenomenal success as a scholar, historian, writer, critic, and broadcaster.
Hailed as a maths prodigy at age five, she went on to be the first woman Fellow of Jesus College and a Reader in Renaissance Studies at the University of Cambridge. She is one of only twelve women to make it onto Prospect's list of the top 100 British intellectuals. In 2004 she was awarded the Commander of the British Empire in recognition of her commitment to state education, including Chairing the Governors of an inner-London boys’ school.
She has written extensively in learned journals, published numerous books and is a newspaper columnist and feature writer. She is in demand as a literary judge and is also heard regularly on radio and television.
Lisa is currently Centenary Professor of Renaissance Studies at Queen Mary, University of London. Among her many roles, she is also director of the AHRC Centre for Editing Lives and Letters, a research initiative in the humanities offering cutting-edge technological resources to support scholarship, archival research and life-writing skills for the 21st century.