RSL Portraiture – John Radcliffe

John Radcliffe

About John Radcliffe:

Further resources:

  • Cranston, D. (2013). John Radcliffe and his legacy to Oxford. Words by Design.  Available in SOLO https://tinyurl.com/4228xdvt
  • Pettis, William. (1715). Some memoirs of the life of John Radcliffe [by W. Pettis.]. (2nd ed.).  Available in SOLO. http://tinyurl.com/2cnw64jh
  • Nias, J. B. (1918). Dr. John Radcliffe: a sketch of his life with an account of his fellows and Foundations. Clarendon Press. Available in SOLO http://tinyurl.com/3bx8cm95

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RSL Portraiture – Acland Map of Oxford

Acland Map of Oxford 1854

Sir Henry Acland was a physician, educator, and Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford. One of his main interests was sanitary and public health matters. In 1854, he published his Memoir on the cholera at Oxford, in the year 1854: with considerations suggested by the epidemic. The map indicates areas of three outbreaks in 1832, 1849, and 1854 in Oxford. Very little is known about the identity of the illustrator apart from the notation that his ‘Memoir was drawn by a Lady,’ reflecting the lack of full recognition of female contributions in science in the 19th century.

More about Henry Acland and the map:

  • Fox, R.  (2014, September 25). Acland, Sir Henry Wentworth, first baronet (1815–1900), physician. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. https://doi-org.ezproxy-prd.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/10.1093/ref:odnb/62
  • Acland, H. W. (Henry W. (1856). Memoir on the cholera at Oxford, in the year 1854: with considerations suggested by the epidemic. J. Churchill. Available in SOLO http://tinyurl.com/wx9uhx8b
  • Acland, H. W. (Henry W. (1855). Map of Oxford, to illustrate Dr. Acland’s Memoir on cholera in Oxford in 1854, : showing the localities in which cholera & choleraic diarrhœa occurred in 1854, and cholera in 1832 & 1849; together with the parts of the town described as unhealthy, by Omerod, Greenhill & Allen, and a writer in the Oxford Herald; the parts remedied since the date of their descriptions; the districts still undrained; the parts of the river still contaminated by sewers, in 1855; and the contour levels.. [Map]. J. Churchill. https://digital.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/objects/e290f1f9-ef2c-4779-a326-42f79f69a992/

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RSL Portraiture – Alan Turing

Alan Turing – mathematician, computer scientist (1912-1954)

Alan Turing is remembered for breaking the German naval Enigma Code during World War II, which helped end the war earlier. He is also considered to be the forefather of modern computer science. He faced profound discrimination due to his homosexuality and his life ended tragically.  Alan Turing represents an important LGBT historical figure in science whom we honour in our portraiture.  The University of Oxford is one of the five founding universities of the Alan Turing Institute, the national institute for data science, located at the Oxford Internet Institute in St Giles, Oxford.

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RSL Portraiture – Maryam Mirzakhani

Maryam Mirzakhani – mathematician (1977-2017)

Maryam Mirzahkani is an inspiring Iranian mathematician who was the first woman to be awarded a Fields Medal.  The society for women and non-binary students studying mathematics at the university of Oxford bears her name.  Maryam visited Oxford in 2015 to meet the society and collect the Clay Mathematics Institute Research Award.

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RSL Portraiture – Alan Powell Goffe

Alan Powell Goffe – pathologist (1920-1966)


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RSL Portraiture – Mary Winearls Porter

Mary Winearls Porter – crystallographer and geologist (1886-1980)


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RSL Portraiture – Mabel Purefoy Fitzgerald

Mabel Purefoy FitzGerald – physiologist and clinical pathologist (1872-1973)


About Mabel Purefoy FitzGerald: 

 Further Resources:

  • Dill, D.B, Mabel Purefoy FitzGerald – our second centenarian. Physiologist 16, 247–248 (1973). Available in SOLO http://tinyurl.com/wvpefj3v
  • Tissot Van Patot, Martha C. “Getting Lost in History: Mabel Purefoy FitzGerald and the Origins of Hydrochloric Acid in the Gastric Mucosa.” Function (Oxford, England) 2.6 (2021). Available in SOLO http://tinyurl.com/42tbed6b

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RSL Portraiture – Jane Kirkaldy

Jane Willis Kirkaldy – science educator (1869-1932)

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RSL Portraiture – Anne Burns nee Pellew

Anne Burns – aeronautical engineer and glider pilot (1915-2001)

About Anne Burns:

  • Evans, H.  (2009, January 08). Burns [née Pellew], Anne (1915–2001), aeronautical engineer and glider pilot. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. https://doi.org/10.1093/ref:odnb/75239
  • Freudenberg, Matthew. (2009). Clear air turbulence: a life of Anne Burns. Charlton Publications. Available in SOLO https://tinyurl.com/4epwatsz

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RSL Portraiture – James Joseph Sylvester

James Joseph Sylvester – mathematician (1814-1897)

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