Ruth van Heyningen at 100: Centenary Celebrations


On Tuesday 24 October the College was delighted to hold celebrations to mark Founding Fellow Dr Ruth van Heyningen’s 100 years.

After a career as a research scientist in Cambridge and London, Ruth gained her DPhil at Oxford. She then worked for the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology, where she published The Biochemistry of the Eye with colleague Tony Pirie. After retirement, Ruth and her husband Kits, the College's Founding Master, were key in establishing St Cross’s position as a college of the University of Oxford. Many of the first College dinners took place at their house in North Hinksey. 

Ruth and her family were joined by the Master, Carole Souter, and College friends for a special reception and lunch in the van Heyningen Room. A picture by the English artist John Piper, who had been a friend of Ruth and Kits, has been purchased by the College to mark the occasion - the first centenary the College has ever celebrated - and will be displayed at St Cross for future generations to enjoy.



Monday 30 October 2017

Photo courtesy of Tom Hassall, Emeritus Fellow