Grey College Fellows 2009-10

Easter Term 2010

Yakov BEN-HAIM is Alan Richards Fellow at Grey this term.  He is currently Yitzhak Moda’i Chair in Technology & Economics at the Technion, Israel. He has previously held academic posts as Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Technion and visiting professorships at Georgia Tech, North Carolina State and Virginia Polytechnic Institute.  He has also been a visiting scholar at Los Alamos, De Nederlandsche Bank, University of Waterloo, University of Besancon and many other prestigious institutions. His research interests now relate to Info-Gap Theory, the mathematical assessment of risk in poorly-defined systems. He has authored or co-authored a considerable number of books, book-chapters and articles and given many invited talks world wide.

Ann RACHLIN is a Holgate Fellow at Grey College this term. She is a children’s author, musician, educator, charity worker and public speaker. She is currently completing researches into the life  of Ellen Terry and her daughter Edith Craig – a passion which has fascinated her for thirty years and which forms the basis of a new, ten part television series on the Victorian Theatre. After an education in Leeds, she began to teach music to children in London, and subsequently expanded her work into concert performances at Music Festivals and other venues across the UK. She continued to develop her interests in musical outreach and education through concerts and performances in the UK, US, Africa and Australia.  Ann has authored eleven books for children, published in the UK by Gollancz, which have been translated into seventeen languages. She has also been active in a variety of charitable work, especially, involving children, and in 2004 she became the Honorary President of the Elizabeth Foundation for Deaf Children, which incorporates the Beethoven Fund for Deaf Children which helps deaf children learn to speak through musical speech therapy.

Rabbi Lionel BLUE See Easter 2009 entry

Epiphany Term 2010

Robin BROOKE-SMITH is Holgate Fellow this term. He read history at Grey College before entering a career in the teaching profession. He has held the distinguished senior posts of Principal of the University of Toronto Schools (2001-04) and Principal of Edwardes College, University of Peshawar, Pakistan (1995-2000). Most recently he was Director of Consultancy Services at the National Academy for Gifted and Talented Youth at the University of Warwick (2005-07). He taught at Shrewsbury School (1986-95), Backwell Comprehensive, Bristol (1981-86), and was Assistant Director of the British Council in Tanzania (1978- 80). He is currently an International Educational Consultant and Hon. Lecturer at the School of Education at the University of Birmingham. He has led expert teams at the European Commission in Brussels and worldwide. He has published extensively on school leadership and his book Leading Learners, Leading Schools (Routledge Falmer, London and New York, 2003) has received international recognition. He authored The Scramble for Africa, McMillan, a significant contribution to historical scholarship. He is spending the Epiphany Term at Grey completing a book which is a personal account of everyday life on the frontier, both physical between Pakistan and Afghanistan and between cultures; and also an attempt at an analysis of the geopolitical and cultural dimensions of the global tensions that emanate from the region.  

Professor Nils-Peter SKORUPPA is Isobel Holgate Fellow in Mathematics this term. Professor Skoruppa currently holds the Chair for Algebra and Number Theory at the University of Siegen in  Germany. He has held academic posts at:  the University of Bonn; the Max-Planck-Institut fűr Mathematik, Bonn; the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA; and the University of Bordeaux. He has also been Dean of the Department of Mathematics, University of Siegen. Professor Skoruppa has published extensively in the fields of Modular Forms.

This term, the College also welcomes the following Academic Visitors:

Professor Joel Kaminsky, Smith College, Massachusetts. Professor Kaminsky is working in the Theology Department this term with professor Hayward..

Professor Luiz  Ferreira, Sao Carlos University, Brazil. Professor Ferreira is working this term in the Mathematics Department  with Professor Zakrewski.

Michaelmas Term 2009

Donald P ARNAVAS is a Dickinson Dees Fellow in Law. Mr Arnavas has written extensively on contract law, especially within the context of government contract arrangements. Mr. Arnavas spent the first several years of his career as a private practitioner in Washington, D.C. and as assistant general counsel for a major management consulting firm. In 1978, he was appointed a Judge on the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, a position that he held for 8 years. Subsequently, he resumed an active private practice in Washington with a specialization in Alternative Dispute Resolution. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Iona College and a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar and the District of Columbia Bar.

Professor Warren BROOKBANKS is a Dickinson Dees Fellow in Law. He is currently Professor of Law at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He holds a BD from Melbourne College of Divinity and LLB and LLM degrees from Auckland. He has been awarded a number of significant distinctions, is a member of many professional societies and has authored a considerable number of books, book sections and articles. His major professional interests are in the relationship between the law and mental health issues.

Professor Bin CHEN is the Alan Richards Fellow in Mathematics. He holds a full Professor appointment at the School of Physics, Beijing University. His major research interests are in string theory, cosmology and mathematical physics. He has written approximately fifty publications in these fields.

Ranjit Singh GAEKWAD, scion of the Royal family of Baroda, holds a degree in Fine Art  from Baroda University and a diploma from the Royal Academy of Arts, London. He has previously held exhibitions in Durham (Grey College), Delhi, London and Mumbai. Although his main media are watercolour, acrylic and oils he is also a self-taught sculptor. He is an IAS Fellow this term and is working on a sculpture related to the current IAS theme of “Water”.

Dr Chris JONES is a senior Lecturer at the School of history, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, NZ. Chris works in the field of medieval European history and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in London. He read History as an undergraduate at Grey College before undertaking postgraduate research at Durham and the Université Paris X-Nanterre (France). He subsequently taught as an Associate Lecturer with the Open University (UK) and undertook postdoctoral research at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies (Canada). He joined Canterbury as a Lecturer in 2006 and was appointed Senior Lecturer in Medieval History in 2009. He is the author of several books and articles and will be working on a short monograph dealing with the life and work of Geoffroi de Collon during the tenure of his fellowship at Grey College.

Mr Lloyd LANGLEY is the Curator of Wallingford, a house in Northumberland in the care of the National Trust. During his time at Grey he will be working on a book on the development of historic houses as seen through National Trust properties in Yorkshire and the North East.