A LEADING scientist who went to school in Newcastle has taken one of the top positions in the country’s best university.
Medical researcher Sir Gregory Winter will be the new Master of Trinity College Cambridge when the current Master, Lord Rees of Ludlow, retires next June. Sir Gregory is a former pupil of Royal Grammar School in Newcastle, where he studied before he went to university at Trinity College, graduating in 1973.
Current headmaster at RGS, Dr Bernard Trafford, spoke of his pride at the achievements of the former pupil.
He said: “I’m very proud. We must have three or four students at Trinity at the moment and the Master will be an old boy.
“It’s not surprising. We do send some very, very bright young people off to Cambridge, and fantastic scientists, and they still go to Trinity – one or two a year. It’s great, and part of a grand tradition.”
Trinity is the largest and wealthiest Cambridge college, and the head of the college, the Master, is appointed by the Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister. Sir Gregory will be responsible for superintending the running of the college, and he will chair the meetings of the College Council and the Governing Body. Sir Gregory has been a Senior Research Fellow of the College since 1991. He is a genetic engineer, working on research and inventions relating to therapeutic antibodies.
His work is based at the Medical Research Council’s Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, where he was until recently the deputy director.
His career has seen him win a long string of awards from a variety of countries, including the Novo Biotechnology Award, Denmark, 1986; the King Faisal International Prize in Medicine, Saudi Arabia, 1995; and most recently the Royal Medal of the Royal Society in 2011. He has also founded three biotechnology companies, including Cambridge Antibody Technology, bought by AstraZeneca.