Our Spring Reception was held on Sunday, 4th March, at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, Cambridge. About 100 members and guests, including members of the English Speaking Union, enjoyed a continental breakfast prior to learning more about Charles Darwin.
After breakfast, Professor Duncan Porter gave a very interesting presentation on the life and works of Charles Darwin. His slides included details on Darwins life, his 5 year voyage on the Beagle and the other influences that led to Darwins many insightful and revolutionary publications.
Professor Porter has a worldwide reputation as a Charles Darwin expert and botany professor.
He led the Cambridge University's Darwin Correspondence Project
for the past six years as director after starting as a senior editor in 1991.
In 2002 Dr. Porter accepted the Queen's Anniversary Prize for Excellence in Higher
and Further Education from Queen Elizabeth II on behalf of the Project. He and his
Darwin Project colleagues are transcribing, cataloguing and annotating all of Darwin's
thousands of letters. The work will ultimately result in 30 volumes.
We then attended the Darwin
exhibit at the neighboring Museum of Science. This magisterial
exhibit received rave reviews on its inaugural opening at the American Museum of
Natural History in New York and has been called "a spicy and enormously satisfying
melange of history, science, and human interest."
Reception: 10am to 12am