Nancy J. Lane
There are identifiable turning points in
any struggle for equality and opportunity and as far as
women scientists in the UK are concerned one such moment
occurred in 1991. Dr Nancy Lane was asked to chair the Working
Party on Women in Science, Engineering and Technology for
the Governmentís Cabinet Office. They eventually
published the landmark report The
Rising Tide in 1994.
Born in Canada, she took her D.Phil. at Oxford University
after which she carried out post-doctoral research in the
USA, first at New York's Albert Einstein College of Medicine,
and then in Yale University's Biology Department.
Returning to the UK she joined a neurobiological research
unit in the Zoology Department of Cambridge University where
she now is a senior research associate. She is an Official
Fellow of Girton College, where she is also a lecturer in
Her work includes over 200 papers in the fields of cellular
and neurobiology and she has earned awards and academic
titles from all over the world. She has held visiting professorships
at a variety of universities in Europe and South America.
She was awarded an OBE in the 1994 Queen's Birthday Honours
List for services to science. Nancy's ability to see the
wider context of science means that she is asked to sit
on a variety of national education committees. Her expertise
makes her in demand internationally. As a Non-Executive
Director for international health care company Smith and
Nephew plc, she chairs an external Scientific Advisory Panel.
Nancy has lectured widely on issues related to the problems
confronting women scientists and she is a member of UNESCO's
Scientific Committee for Women in Science and Technology.
Nancy is the President of the Institute of Biology.
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