Eminent Figures Helped

Amongst the 1,500 academics assisted in the early years, sixteen won Nobel Prizes (see below), eighteen received Knighthoods (see below), well over a hundred were elected as Fellows of The Royal Society and The British Academy, and many more became leaders in their respective fields. A few of those we have helped are listed below. For a full list, please contact the office or look at our on line catalogue.

Sir Walter Bodmer, a prominent human geneticist who is also credited with expanding public understanding of the sciences.
Sir John Burgh served as a Governor of the London School of Economics, as President of Trinity College Oxford, and as the British Council Director-General.
Sir Hermann Bondi, a mathematician who helped develop radar and influenced relativity theory, served as Chief Scientist to two UK government departments and as Master of Churchill College, Cambridge.
Max Born became the Tait Professor of Natural Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh and won the Nobel Prize in 1954 for his pioneering work in quantum mechanics.
Sir Ernst Chain won the Nobel Prize in 1945 for his shared work on penicillin.
Sir Geoffrey Elton, a historian and philosopher of history, helped to advance understanding of the Tudor government.
Sir Ernst Gombrich brought fundamental questions of aesthetics in art to scholarly and public attention.
Sir Ludwig Guttmann, head of the National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, who developed the concept of treatment through sport, launched international competition for spinal injury patients, and so became the founder of the Paralympic Games.
Sir Peter Hirsch modernized the study of materials science and engineering at Oxford University.
Sir Otto Kahn-Freund
was a leading theorist and practitioner of labour law.
Sir Bernard Katz
won the Nobel Prize in 1950 for shared research on mechanisms of neuro-muscular transmission.
Sir Hans Kornberg
works on the nature and regulation of carbohydrate transport in micro-organisms and advises Parliament on science and technology.
Sir Hans Krebs
won the Nobel Prize in 1953 for his shared research into the complex sequence of metabolic chemical reactions known as the Krebs Cycle.
Sir Claus Moser, a prominent statistician, directed the Central Statistics Office and served as Pro-Vice Chancellor of Oxford University.
Sir Rudolf Peierls
taught theoretical physics at Birmingham and Oxford and was involved in both the development of atomic weaponry and the Pugwash anti-nuclear movement.
Max Perutz
won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1962 for shared research into the structure of haemoglobin which added to our understanding of diseases of the blood.
Sir Nikolaus Pevsner brought new perspectives on the UK's architectural heritage to scholars and the wider public.
Sir Karl Popper, a hugely influential political and social philosopher, was a critic of totalitarianism in all its forms.
Sir Francis Simon pioneered research in thermodynamics and low-temperature physics at Oxford's Clarendon Laboratory.


Sir Walter Bodmer, Sir John Burgh, Sir Ernst Chain, Sir Hermann Bondi, Sir Geoffrey Elton, Sir Ernest Gombrich, Sir Ludwig Guttman, Sir Peter Hirsch, Sir Otto Kahn-Freund, Sir Bernard Katz, Sir Hans Kornberg, Sir Hans Krebs, Sir Claus Moser, Sir Rudolf Peierls, Sir Nikolaus Pevsner, Sir Karl Popper and Sir Francis Simon.


Professor H A Bethe, Professor M Born, Sir Ernst Chain, Professor M Delbruck, Professor D Gabor, Dr G Herzberg, Professor J Heyrovsky, Sir Bernard Katz, Sir Hans Krebs, Dr F Lipmann, Professor O Loewi, Professor S Luria, Professor S Ochoa, Dr M Perutz, Professor J Polanyi, and Professor E Segre.