750th Anniversary Honorary Fellows

The Master and Fellows are pleased to announce this list, made to honour, as our 750th Anniversary ends, these distinguished people in a variety of fields, all of whom have past associations with the College, and who represent the wide range of Balliol’s intellectual and cultural reach.

Professor Hagan Bayley MA PhD FRS

Hagan Bayley is currently Professor of Chemical Biology in the Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford. Hagan is best known for his work at the interface between chemistry and biology. He has used protein chemistry, organic chemistry, and biophysics to explore the folding, assembly, and function of transmembrane channels and pores. These studies have led to the development of protein pores as “nanoreactors”. Applications of this methodology have led to the creation of Oxford Nanopore which is developing electronic systems for analysis of single molecules including DNA, RNA and proteins.

Professor Sir Christopher Bayley Litt.D FBA

Sir Christopher Bayly is Emeritus Vere Harmsworth Professor of Imperial and Naval History at the University of Cambridge and Emeritus Fellow of St Catharine’s College.  A wide-ranging scholar whose work ranges widely across Indian, imperial, and global history, Bayly has defined the agenda of world history for a generation of historians.  Whether writing about Indian nationalism or the makings of global intellectual history, Bayly brings to his subjects a thoughtful and penetrating insight into the connections that in the past as in the present link our global world.

Dr Rajeev Bhargava BA MPhil DPhil

Rajeev Bhargava is a noted political theorist, Senior Fellow and until recently Director of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in Delhi.  He was previously Professor of Political Theory at Jawarhal Nehru University, and has been a visiting fellow at many institutions, including Harvard, Bristol, Berlin, and Sciences Po Paris.  A large part of his work is on secularism and multiculturalism, in which he combines Anglo-Saxon philosophy of the social sciences with a deep understanding of Indian history and culture. He has played an important role as a public intellectual, especially in India, and has been willing to travel anywhere to talk and to debate, so that his ideas spread well beyond the ivory tower.

The Rt Hon Sir Henry Brooke PC CMG

Sir Henry Brooke PC CMG read Greats at Balliol, and was called to the Bar by the Inner Temple in 1963. He became Queen’s Counsel in 1981, a High Court Judge in 1988, and was Chairman of the Law Commission from 1993 to 1995. He became a Lord Justice of Appeal in 1996, and served as Vice-President of the Court of Appeal’s Civil Division from 2003 to 2006.

Professor Peter Donnelly FRS FMedSci

Professor Peter Donnelly is Director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics and Professor of Statistical Science at the University of Oxford. He was educated at the University of Queensland and at Balliol, and has held chairs at Queen Mary College, London and the University of Chicago as well as Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Professor Clare Grey BA DPhil FRS

Clare Grey is currently the Geoffrey Moorhouse Gibson Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge. Clare is a recognised world leader in the use of solid state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) to study structure and function in inorganic materials. She has pioneered ground-breaking in situ NMR studies of batteries and fuel cells which have provided a greatly enhanced understanding of the processes that occur when a battery charges and discharges, and when a fuel cell operates.

Charlotte Jones BA

Charlotte Jones is one of Britain’s most successful and celebrated playwrights. Her first play Airswimming was produced in 1997. Subsequent plays include In Flame and Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis (1999), for which she won the Critics’ Circle Most Promising Playwright award; Humble Boy (2001), which premiered at the National Theatre, and was awarded the Critics’ Circle Best New Play Award, the People’s Choice Best New Play Award, and was nominated for an Olivier award, and in its New York production was nominated for a Drama desk award; The Dark (2003); The Lightning Play (2006); and Diva in Me (2011), winner of the Argos Angel award.  She also writes for television and radio: the tv play Bessie and the Bell (2000) won the Gold Award at the New York Film, and TV Festival. Charlotte Jones wrote the book to the 2004-2006 West End musical,The Woman in White (2004), in collaboration with the David Zippel and Andrew Lloyd Webber, and directed by Trevor Nunn.

Sir Nicholas Kenyon CBE

Sir Nicholas Kenyon was music critic successively of The New Yorker, The Times and The Observer, and Editor of the journal Early Music.  In 1992 he was appointed Controller of BBC Radio 3; from 1996 Director of the BBC Proms; and from 2000 Director of the BBC Proms, Live Events and Television Classical Music. He is a former member of the AHRC Council and is currently a member of Arts Council England, a board member of Sage Gateshead, and a Trustee of the Dartington Hall Trust. He was knighted in the 2008 New Year Honours, and in 2011 received the British Academy President’s medal for outstanding service to the arts and humanities. From 2007 he has been Managing Director of the Barbican Centre.

Professor Loyiso Nongxa MSc DPhil

Professor Loyiso Nongxa has recently retired as Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg. He came to Balliol in 1978 as South Africa’s first black Rhodes Scholar and obtained a DPhil in Mathematics. He went on to have a distinguished academic career and became Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences at the University of the Western Cape and the first black Vice-Chancellor of Wits.

Nicholas Penny FSA

Nicholas Penny (b1949) is one of the most wide-ranging and universally-admired art-historians of our time. Having started his career at Cambridge and  Manchester Universities, he has since held senior posts at the Ashmolean, the National Gallery in London, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington; he was appointed director of London’s National Gallery in 2008. He was Slade Professor of Fine Art in Oxford in1980/81. His publications range over sculpture, paintings, and the history of taste and collecting. He was a Professorial Fellow at Balliol while Keeper of Western Art at the Ashmolean from 1984 to 1989.

Professor Richard Portes CBE FBA

Richard Portes, FBA, CBE, is Professor of Economics at the London Business School. He was a Rhodes Scholar at Balliol College and a Fellow of the College 1965-69. He is known internationally for his research on the global financial system. He led proposals to use collective action clauses in sovereign bond markets, following the Mexican crisis of 1994-95. He is also the President of the Centre for Economic Policy Research, a European research network of more than 800 academic economists, which he founded in 1983.

Sir Nigel Sheinwald GCMG

Sir Nigel Sheinwald was British Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the European Union from 2000-03; and Foreign Policy and Defence Adviser to the Prime Minister from 2003-07.  From 2007-12, he was the British Ambassador to the United States of America.  He is currently Visiting Professor in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London.

Stanley Wells CBE

Stanley Wells CBE is one of the most distinguished Shakespeare scholars of his age. He is General Editor of the Penguin edition of Shakespeare, and the editor, with Gary Taylor, John Jowett, and William Montgomery, of the landmark Oxford edition of the Complete Works (1986). While he worked on the Oxford edition he held a Research Fellowship of Balliol College. In 1987 he became Director and Professor of Shakespeare Studies at the Shakespeare Institute. He is Chairman of The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, a Trustee of the Rose Theatre, and a Council member of the Globe Theatre. In 2007 he was appointed Commander of the British Empire for services to literature. Other honours include an Honorary Fellowship of UCL and honorary doctorates of Furman University, South Carolina, and the Universities of Munich, Hull, Durham, Warwick, Craiova, and Marburg. He is married to the novelist Susan Hill, and has two daughters, Jessica Ruston and Clemency Wells.

Professor Timothy Williamson FBA FRSE

Timothy Williamson is Wykeham Professor of Logic at the University of Oxford. His work centres on philosophical logic, philosophy of language, metaphysics, and epistemology. Professor Williamson is the author of Identity and Discrimination (Blackwell 1990), Vagueness (Routledge 1994), Knowledge and its Limits (Oxford 2000), The Philosophy of Philosophy (Blackwell 2007), Modal Logic as Metaphysics (Oxford 2013), and over 180 articles. Among other honours he is a Fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.