The Life and Science of Dr PAUL KENT 1923-2017

Paul Kent

This event has now taken place. A full report will be available in due course

On the afternoon of Saturday 1st September 2018, a Symposium on 50 years and more of biochemistry at Christ Church will be held in college to honour the life of the late Dr Paul Kent, formerly Dr Lee's Reader in Chemistry at the University of Oxford and Master of Van Mildert College, Durham. Talks will be appropriate for a general audience.

50 years and more of
biochemistry at Christ Church



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A Symposium to honour the life of Dr Paul Kent will be held in Christ Church on Saturday 1st September 2018. This event is being organised by the Christ Church Chemists’ Affinity Group with the support of the Governing Body. The Symposium will consist of lectures reflecting Paul’s scientific and other interests, and in particular will show how the subject of biochemistry has evolved from early scientific scholarship and massively expanded over the past half century. It is intended that the talks will be appropriate for a general audience.

In the 1950s in Oxford, biochemistry was emerging as a subject in its own right, and Paul was its promoter in Christ Church, where he was tutor in organic chemistry and biochemistry. A great number of Paul’s students passed through the Biochemistry Department and several went on to important positions in universities around the world. As well as being a distinguished biochemist himself and a mentor for many young chemists and biochemists, Paul was involved with all aspects of academic life, here at The House, in Durham, where he was Master of Van Mildert’s College, and through his close involvement with the establishment and success of Oxford Brookes University.


A booklet to accompany the event will be produced. To contribute see below.

If you are unable to attend the symposium, but would like a copy of the Memorial Symposium Booklet, details are below also.



We are delighted to announce a preliminary programme of distinguished speakers including former colleagues and research collaborators of Dr Kent.

13.30-14.00 Registration: Sir Michael Dummett LectureTheatre, Christ Church
14.00-14.05 Welcome: Very Revd Professor Martyn Percy (Dean of Christ Church)
Session 1 Chairman: Professor David Smith (Department of Pharmacology)
14.05-14.35 Professor Raymond Dwek (Department of Biochemistry, Oxford): “The changing face of biochemistry from the 1950s to the present
14.35- 14.55 Professor Emeritus A David Buckingham (Department of Chemistry, Cambridge): “1955-1965, ten years of the County Pair at Christ Church, Kent and Buckingham
14.55-15.20 Dr Allan Chapman (Wadham): “The emergence of biochemistry as a subject from the natural sciences of the 18th and 19th centuries
15.20-15.40 Professor Mishtooni Bose (Christ Church): “Paul Kent at Christ Church, the Graduate Common Room
15.40-16.10 Tea (before tea The Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury will say a few words)
Session 2 Chairman: Professor David Dunmur (Christ Church)
16.10-16.40 Professor David Smith (Department of Pharmacology, Oxford): “Homocysteine, B Vitamins and the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease
16.40-17.00 Judith Curthoys (Christ Church): “Christ Church Archives and scientists at Christ Church
17.00-17.30 Professor Mark Sansom (Department of Biochemistry, Oxford): “Modern images of biochemistry
17.30-18.00 Professor Freda Stevenson (Department of Immunology, Southampton): “How sugars can convert normal cells to lymphoid cancer
18.00- 18.15 Concluding Remarks : Professor Simon Newstead (Christ Church): “The future for biochemistry at Christ Church
18.15-19.00 Reception Blue Boar Quad
19.15 Dinner in Hall


Dress code




Parking in The Meadows will be available from 12.30pm



Accommodation is limited and available on a first-come first-served basis. Guests can book rooms via the Christ Church website:

Please use the promotional code: KENT18.

Should you have any problems with, or questions about, accommodation please contact:


Memorial Symposium Booklet

It is intended to publish a Memorial Booklet, which will be available at the symposium. This publication will include short accounts of the lectures, together with contributed articles on various aspects of Paul’s life and achievements. Professor David Smith FMedSci, Emeritus Professor of Pharmacology at Oxford, has agreed to act as Scientific Editor for the booklet.

In addition to scientific contributions, articles or short reminiscences on all aspects of the life of Paul Kent are invited from participants at the symposium along with former colleagues, students and friends. Please submit your article or item for inclusion to David Dunmur, Treasurer of the Christ Church Chemists’ Affinity Group and Coordinator for the Paul Kent Memorial Symposium: There is no prescribed length for contributions, and if contributors have photographs or illustrations relevant to the articles on Paul, then we will do our best to publish them. We intend to have the booklet available at the Symposium, and so contributions must be submitted by the end of June 2018.

The cost of the booklet is £5 plus postage and packing. Attendees will be able to order a copy during the registration process to be picked up on the day. If you are not going to be at the symposium but would like to reserve a copy of the Booklet please email with the following details:

Your name:
Postal address:
Email address:

But please do not enclose payment for the Booklet at this stage, you will be invoiced separately after publication in September, and then the booklet will be sent to you.

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 9:59am