The Old Almondburians' Society
Annual Dinner 2019
This year’s Annual dinner will be on Saturday, 23rd November 2019 at the School. We have again pegged the price at £27.50 plus ¬£1 online booking fee. The traditional Founders’ Day Service will take place the following day at Almondbury Parish Church.

The principal guest speaker will be JUDY HIRST, FRS FRCS, one of the UK’s leading physical chemists who was eleced Fellow of the Royal Society last year.

Born in Lepton, Judy Hirst attended King James’s School from 1985-88 and is currently Deputy Director of the MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Corpus Christi College in chemistry. Last year she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society and was also awarded an Interdisciplinary Prize of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Mitochondria have been described as the ‘powerhouses of the cells’.They are the parts of cells that turn sugars, fats and proteins that we eat into forms of chemical energy that the body can use to carry on living.

Appropriately, Judy derived some of her early interest in science from the writings of the legendary George Jarmain, who taught chemistry at the School  from 1852-1876. She worked in the
labs of Jarmain and Son in Kirkheaton before going up to Oxford to read chemistry, leading to a DPhil researching the mechanisms of catalysis in complex enzymes. She then did postdoctoral work at the Scripps Research Institute in California for two years, before taking a position at the Medical Research Council in Cambridge.

As Deputy Director of the MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit, Judy now heads a research group of PhD students and postdoctoral scientists working on ‘mitochondrial complex I’, an energy converting enzyme that is central to metabolism and to metabolic diseases.

Judy is also Dean of College and Director of Studies in Chemistry at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

To apply for tickets, please complete and submit the form below. In the form you can also let us know of any vegetarian requirements and whether you would like to attend Founders’ Day.
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