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King Richard III

November 26, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


The resolution of a 500 year old cold case

A Royal Institution lecture by Turi King

The 500 year old skeleton of Richard III was uncovered in 2012 and identified a year later.

In this year’s Genetics Society JBS Haldane Lecture, Turi King discusses leading the international research team involved in the DNA identification work of the remains of Richard III and the current project to sequence his entire genome.

Turi King is a Reader in Genetics and Archaeology and Professor of Public Engagement at the University of Leicester. She is perhaps best known for leading the genetics analysis in the King Richard III case leading to the identification of his remains in 2014 which led to his reinterment in Leicester Cathedral in 2015. She started her career in archaeology in her native Canada and then reading for a BA in Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge where she specialised in Biological Anthropology. It was here that she became interested in how genetics could be used to answer questions in history and archaeology and moved to the University of Leicester to study molecular genetics, her award winning PhD being on the link between British Surnames and the Y chromosome. All of her subsequent work has combined genetics with history, archaeology, geography, forensics and epidemiology.

The doors open at approximately 6.30pm, with a prompt start at 7.00pm.

Latecomers will be admitted ot the gallery.

Tickets £16 / concessions £10

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November 26, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


The Royal Institution


The Royal Institution
21 Albemarle Street
London, W1S 4BS United Kingdom
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