Professor Athene Donald

Professor of Experimental Physics and Master, Churchill College, Cambridge University

As a Chair of the Royal Society's Education Committee and a member of the Cambridge University Council, Athene is a hugely respected physicist and educator. Her work with polymers saw her elected a member of the Royal Society in 1999. Throughout her career, she has consistently championed and promoted the role of women in science, chairing the Athena Forum and acting as the University’s representative for gender equality. She was made a Dame in 2010, and the year after was appointed a Trustee of the National Museum of Science in Industry.