Darwin College

Darwin College

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About Darwin College

Darwin College represents the first graduate-only college at Cambridge University. Gonville & Caius College, St. John’s College, and Trinity College, decided to jointly form the all-graduate program in 1964 after a high-number of postgraduate applicants flooded the university following the wartime era. It received its official status as a college at Cambridge in 1976.

Darwin College sits by the River Cam across from Queen’s College. After acquiring several new plots of land and buildings, the college now holds a boundary stretching from Queen’s Bridge to Newnham road and on to Granta.  The college was also the first at Cambridge University to admit both men and women, and it is still the largest all-graduate college at Cambridge.

Notable alumni from Darwin College include primatologist Dame Jane Goodall, former United States Solicitor General Paul Clement, and Nobel laureate Elizabeth Blackburn.

Gonville & Caius College, St. John’s College, and Trinity College, still support Darwin College as founding members of its establishment. The college also receives financial support from the Rayne Foundation.

Darwin College & The Darwin Family

Named after the Darwin family, the original building belonged to Sir Charles Galton Darwin, the grandson of Charles Darwin. In considering developing a new college under the Darwin name, the founders approached the Lady Katherine Darwin about acquiring the residence to start the college. Her and her family openly accepted the invitation to commemorate their family name.

In collaboration with the Darwin family, the college now displays several portraits and a bust of the English naturalist in the buildings and halls. Darwin College also hosts an annual Darwin Lecture Series, an eight-week look at a themed subject from various angles. The lectures might include scientific, artistic, or humanities perspectives, on the proposed topics.

Darwin College Contact & Location

Silver Street, Cambridge CB3 9EU
Tel: +44 1223 335660
Fax: +44 1223 335667

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