Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge

2 Mar

I recently gave a talk on the life of Edward Wilson at Caius College Cambridge where Wilson was a pre-clinical student. It is a wonderful college to visit. Established in 1348 by Edmund Gonville and refounded and extended in the sixteenth century by a doctor of medicine, John Keyes, it is called Caius, rather than Keyes because Dr. Keyes ‘Latinised’ the spelling of his name. He built three famous gates in the college grounds. Wilson was above the Gate of Virtue but was not always virtuous by the strict rules of the day. He was ‘sent down’ (expelled) for the heinous crime of leaving the college, after hours, and without permission.
There was a service dedicated to Wilson in the chapel before the talk.The choir was superb.
Gonville and Caius are proud of their famous graduate. A sledge flag that Wilson took to the South Pole has pride of place in the dining hall. It was presented to him by the wife of the Master in 1910, Dr Roberts and has been refurbished recently. The present Master is Sir Christopher Hum.

2 Responses to “Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge”

  1. David Skidmore, OBE, Consultant Surgeon March 12, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    Isobel is a very professional lecturer who has written a superb book on Wilson. Her lecture appropriately illustrated by slides covering both the history of the ill fated Scott expedition and an insight into the extreme physiological stresses that the explorers faced can be recommended to any school or medical audience with confidence.

  2. isobelpwilliams March 13, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    This is a wonderful comment, thank you. I find that sixth-formers or even medical students have a surprisingly poor knowledge of Antarctica, probably because their programmes are so crammed. But it is a fascinating subject and audiences find the talks enlightening and interesting.

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