Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Shaping the world we live in today

1908 restoration of Moeritherium by CW Andrews
Our research and students have fundamentally shaped the world we live in today.
  • The worldwide web was created by Tim Berners-Lee - who studied as an undergraduate at Oxford.
  • Dr Manmohan Singh, prime minister of India, helped liberalise trade in India in the early 1990s, leading to substantial economic growth and reduction in poverty rates - after doing his doctorate in economics in Oxford.
  • Oxford Professor Nick White proved the life-saving efficacy of today’s most effective anti-malarial drug, artemesinin, in the treatment of severe malaria.
  • Oxford academic Fred Taylor developed ‘infrared remote sensing’, which allows us to monitor the heat radiated by the earth’s atmosphere, a critical tool in analysing climate change.
  • Oxford professors (the late) Sir Richard Doll and Sir Richard Peto identified the full role of cigarette smoking in causing lung cancer and vascular diseases, and have quantified its likely impact in rapidly growing populations such as China.

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