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Evolution since Sir Thomas Gresham

January 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


In celebrating 500 years since the birth of Sir Thomas Gresham, Professor Steve Jones examines how changes since the sixteenth century have affected the evolution of human beings and that of the animals and plants around us.

Professor Jones deals with the accelerating shifts in plants, animals and humans as they cope with human activities, from gold-mining to global warming, and speculates about where life might be on Gresham’s six- hundredth anniversary.

Professor Steve Jones is Emeritus Professor of Genetics at University College London and an author of several popular science books. He is one of the world’s top six experts on the genetics of snails (and the other five agree) and has also studied the genetics and evolution of fruit flies and humans.

He is probably best known to the general public as a regular broadcaster and writer of popular books on scientific issues.

No reservations are required for this free lecture, which takes place in the lecture hall of the Museum of London. It is run on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the lecture.

Details of Lecture

Gresham College was founded in 1597 under the will of Sir Thomas Gresham, and has been providing free lectures within the City of London for over 400 years. It was the first ‘university’ in England besides Oxford and Cambridge, making it London’s oldest higher education institution still in existence today. It does not enrol any students, and awards no degrees.

The College has been recording its lectures since the 1980s and there are now over 1,900 lectures freely available online in text, audio or video formats. The provision of this free online archive of lectures aligns with its founding principles of accessible free education for all.


January 29
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Gresham College


Museum of London
150 London Wall
London, EC2Y 5HN United Kingdom
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