A praelector is a traditional role at the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford. The role differs somewhat between the two ancient universities.

University of Cambridge

At Cambridge, a praelector is the fellow of a college who formally presents students during their matriculation and the graduation ceremony at Cambridge, especially during the Congregation of the Regent House when degrees are conferred. The praelector is also vicariously responsible for a student's actions and can be punished for those actions.

University of Oxford

At Oxford, a praelector may be a fellow of the college, but may also be a college tutor who is responsible for running an honours school in the absence of a fellow. A praelector may also hold a college fellowship.

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Alban McCoy

Alban McCoy OFM Conv is a British Catholic writer and priest.

McCoy is the author of An Intelligent Person's Guide to Christian Ethics (2004) and An Intelligent Person's Guide to Catholicism (2005, new ed. 2008). Since 1995, he has been the Religious Books Editor of The Tablet. Until 2013, he was the Catholic chaplain to the University of Cambridge. He is now Acting Dean, Praelector and Second Bursar of St Edmund's College, Cambridge.

Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, University of Cambridge

The Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, (PDN) is a part of the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Cambridge. Research in PDN focuses on three main areas: Cellular and Systems Physiology, Developmental and Reproductive Biology, and Neuroscience and is currently headed by Sarah Bray and William Colledge. The department was formed on 1 January 2006, within the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Cambridge from the merger of the Departments of Anatomy and Physiology. The department hosts the Centre for Trophoblast Research and has links with the Cambridge Centre for Brain Repair, the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute, and the Gurdon Institute.

Edward King (British poet)

Edward King (1612 – 10 August 1637) is the subject of John Milton's poem "Lycidas".

King was born in Ireland in 1612, the son of Sir John King, a member of a Yorkshire family which had migrated to Ireland. Edward King was admitted a pensioner of Christ's College, Cambridge, on 9 June 1626, and four years later was elected a fellow. Milton, though two years his senior and himself anxious to secure a fellowship, became his close friend as well as his rival. King served from 1633 to 1634 as praelector and tutor of his college, and was to have entered the church. His career, however, was cut short by the tragedy which inspired Milton's verse. In 1637 he set out for Ireland to visit his family, but the ship in which he was sailing struck on a rock near the Welsh coast, and King was drowned. Of his own writings many Latin poems contributed to different collections of Cambridge verse survive, but they are not of sufficient merit to explain the esteem in which he was held.

George Weekes

George Arthur Weekes (b Clifton, Bristol 5 September 1869; d Cambridge 23 June 1953) was a 20th-century British academic.Weekes was educated at Bristol Grammar School and Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. He became a Fellow of Sidney Sussex in 1893; Chaplain in 1894; Praelector in 1895; Tutor in 1905; Senior proctor in 1906 and Master in 1918. He was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge from 1926 to 1928. He was appointed a Canon of Ely in 1935, and retired in 1945.

Graham Hough

Graham Goulden (or Goulder) Hough (14 February 1908 - 5 September 1990) was an English literary critic and poet, Professor of English at Cambridge University from 1966 to 1975.

Hal Dixon (biochemist)

Henry Berkeley Franks Dixon D.Sc. (16 May 1928 – 30 July 2008) was an Irish biochemist and Life Fellow of King's College Cambridge. Born in Dublin, the youngest son of Henry Horatio Dixon, he was interested in science from a young age; his discovery of an optical illusion arising from binocular vision was described by his father in Nature Magazine when he was only nine years old.After education at Shrewsbury School he was awarded a scholarship in 1946 to study Natural Sciences at King's College Cambridge where his elder brother Kendal was a fellow, achieving firsts in Part I and Part II and specialising in biochemistry. He remained at King's for his graduate studies on peptide hormones, supervised by Frank Young, and was awarded a Ph.D. in 1954.In 1953 he was elected to a Life Fellowship at King's, where he remained for the whole of his academic career, holding the positions of Financial Tutor (1956–1959), Director of Studies in Natural Sciences (1961–1981), Vice Provost (1981–1986) and Praelector (1989–1992), as well as co-editor of the College Register. In 1954 he was appointed as University Demonstrator in biochemistry, and in 1959 was promoted to University Lecturer. His research in chemistry and biochemistry led to 136 published papers. From 1964 to 1965, he worked at the Institute of Molecular Biology in Moscow as part of a UK-USSR exchange program. His particular interest in applications of methods from organic chemistry to biochemistry led to a proposed treatment for Wilson's disease.Dixon was an editor of The Biochemical Journal, and was Deputy Chairman of the Editorial Board from 1977 to 1982. He was secretary of the Nomenclature Committee of the International Union of Biochemistry from 1977 to 1982 and chairman from 1983 to 1988, and after his retirement remained an advisory member.After his death, a set of rooms in the Gibbs' Building in King's College was named the Hal Dixon Rooms in his memory.

Henry Jackson (classicist)

Henry Jackson (12 March 1839 – 25 September 1921), was an English classicist. He served as the vice-master of Trinity College, Cambridge from 1914 to 1919, praelector in ancient philosophy from 1875 to 1906 and Regius Professor of Greek (Cambridge) at the University of Cambridge from 1906 to 1921. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1903. He was awarded the Order of Merit on 26 June 1908. From 1882 to 1892 he sat on the Council of the Senate of the University of Cambridge, and was an active member of a number of the university boards. He lived within the walls of Trinity College for over 50 years. Born in Sheffield, he lived mainly in Cambridge, but died in Bournemouth.

John Conybeare

John Conybeare DD (31 January 1692 – 13 July 1755) was Bishop of Bristol and one of the most notable theologians of the 18th century.

Conybeare was born at Pinhoe, where his father was vicar, and educated at Exeter Free School, Blundell's School and Exeter College, Oxford. He was elected a Probationary Fellow of Exeter College in 1710, took his B.A. degree in 1713 and was appointed a year later as Praelector in Philosophy.On 27 May 1716 Conybeare was ordained as a priest by the Bishop of Winchester, Sir Jonathan Trelawney and took a curacy in Surrey. He returned to Oxford a year later and became a well known preacher.

His subsequent appointments included:

Rector of St Clement's Church, Oxford, 1724

Senior Proctor, Exeter College, Oxford, 1725

Elected Rector of Exeter College, Oxford, 1730

Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, 1732

Bishop of Bristol, 1750Conybeare was known for the publication of his book Calumny Refuted, an answer to the personal slander of Dr. Richard Newton.

Conybeare was the father of Dr William Conybeare, the well known rector of Bishopsgate, and grandfather to the famous geologist William Conybeare. He is buried in Bristol Cathedral.

John Michell

John Michell (; 25 December 1724 – 21 April 1793) was an English natural philosopher and clergyman who provided pioneering insights in a wide range of scientific fields, including astronomy, geology, optics, and gravitation. Considered "one of the greatest unsung scientists of all time", he was the first person known to propose the existence of black holes in publication, the first to suggest that earthquakes travel in waves, the first to explain how to manufacture artificial magnets, and the first to apply statistics to the study of the cosmos, recognizing that double stars were a product of mutual gravitation. He also invented an apparatus to measure the mass of the Earth. He has been called both the father of seismology and the father of magnetometry.

According to one science journalist, "a few specifics of Michell's work really do sound like they are ripped from the pages of a twentieth century astronomy textbook." The American Physical Society (APS) has described Michell as being "so far ahead of his scientific contemporaries that his ideas languished in obscurity, until they were re-invented more than a century later". The APS states that while "he was one of the most brilliant and original scientists of his time, Michell remains virtually unknown today, in part because he did little to develop and promote his own path-breaking ideas".

John Underhill (bishop)

John Underhill (c.1545–1592) was an English academic, involved in controversy, and later Bishop of Oxford.

John Wilkinson (President of Magdalen)

John Wilkinson (1588–1650) was an English churchman and academic, Principal of Magdalen Hall, Oxford but expelled in 1643, one of the parliamentary visitors of Oxford, and President of Magdalen College, Oxford from 1648–1650.

Joseph Shaw (Christ's College)

Rev. Joseph Shaw (16 December 1784, Barton-in-Westmorland – 1 June 1859, Cambridge) was Master of Christ's College, Cambridge. He tutored Charles Darwin at Cambridge in 1828.

Shaw was the son of the Rev. Edward Shaw, headmaster of Loughborough Grammar School, where he received his early education.Shaw was admitted as a Sizar at Christ's College, Cambridge in 1803, gaining a BA 1807, and an MA in 1810. He was a Fellow of the College between 1807 and 1849, when he was elected Master in succession to John Graham. However, he resigned the office before his term of grace had expired, in the conscientious feeling that his age rendered him unsuited to responsibilities of the office. James Cartmell was elected in succession. He then became a Senior Fellow from then until his death.

Shaw also served as Praelector, Tutor and Senior Dean. He died at Christ's College in 1859 and was buried in the ante-chapel there.

Laurence Jonathan Cohen

Laurence Jonathan Cohen, (7 May 1923 – 26 September 2006), usually cited as L. Jonathan Cohen, was a British philosopher. He was Fellow and Praelector in Philosophy, 1957–90 and Senior Tutor, 1985–90 at The Queen's College, Oxford and British Academy Reader in Humanities, University of Oxford, 1982–84.

He was educated at St. Paul's School, London and Balliol College, Oxford.

Nicolaes Tulp

Nicolaes Tulp (9 October 1593 – 12 September 1674) was a Dutch surgeon and mayor of Amsterdam. Tulp was well known for his upstanding moral character and as the subject of Rembrandt's famous painting The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp.

Observationes Medicae (Tulp)

Observationes Medicae is a 1641 book by Nicolaes Tulp. Tulp is primarily famous today for his central role in the 1632 group portrait by Rembrandt of the Amsterdam Guild of Surgeons, which commemorates his appointment as praelector in 1628.

"Observationes Medicae" is also the title commonly used by early Dutch doctors in the 16th and 17th centuries who wrote up their cases from private practise in Latin to share with contemporary colleagues.

Porterhouse Blue (TV series)

Porterhouse Blue is a 1987 television series adapted by Malcolm Bradbury from the Tom Sharpe novel of the same name for Channel 4 in four episodes. It starred David Jason as Skullion, Ian Richardson as Sir Godber Evans, Barbara Jefford as his wife Lady Mary, Charles Gray as Sir Cathcart D'Eath, and John Sessions as Zipser. Also appearing were Griff Rhys Jones as Cornelius Carrington, Paula Jacobs as Mrs. Biggs, Bob Goody as Walter, Paul Rogers as the Dean, John Woodnutt as the Senior Tutor, Lockwood West as the Chaplain, Willoughby Goddard as Professor Siblington, Harold Innocent as the Bursar and Ian Wallace as the Praelector.

The title song "Dives in Omnia" (cod-Latin for "Excess in everything") was sung by a cappella group The Flying Pickets. The series won an International Emmy and two BAFTA Awards (including Best Actor for David Jason). The television adaptation has been released on DVD and VHS.

Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, Sacrist's Gate near Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire, Knebworth House and Apethorpe Hall in Northamptonshire were used as locations in the series.

The show was repeated on the UK channel GOLD in August 2017 and again in September 2018.

Richard G. Compton

Richard Guy Compton FRSC MAE (born 10 March 1955 in Scunthorpe, UK) is Professor of Chemistry and Aldrichian Praelector at Oxford University, United Kingdom. He is a Tutorial Fellow of St John’s College, Oxford and has a large research group based at the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory at Oxford University. Professor Compton has broad interests in both fundamental and applied electrochemistry and electro-analysis including nano-chemical aspects. He has published more than 1450 papers (h-index = 90) with more than 33,000 citations, excluding self-cites, as of February 2017; Reuters-Thomson ‘Highly Cited Researcher’ 2014, 2015 and 2016) and 7 books (see list below).

Patents have been filed on 25 different topics including novel pH sensors, gas sensing and the detection of garlic strength and chilli heat in foodstuffs. The Senova pHit Scanner based on Compton group patents - the world’s first calibration-free pH meter - won the 'best new product' award at PITTCON March 2013.

Richard Compton has been CAS Visiting Professor at the Institute of Physical Sciences, Hefei and is a Lifelong Honorary Professor at Sichuan University. He holds Honorary Doctorates from the Estonian Agricultural University and Kharkov National University of Radio-electronics (Ukraine) and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, of IUPAC and of the International Society of Electrochemistry. He received the Royal Society of Chemistry's Sir George Stokes Award in 2011.He is a Member of the Academia Europaea.

He is the Founding Editor and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Electrochemistry Communications (Impact factor= 4.8) published by Elsevier.

In a recent (2015) profile in Angewandte Chemie he lists his favourite author as Mikhail Bulgakov, his favourite food as Sichuan Hot Pot and his favourite music as Queen.

Senate House, Cambridge

The Senate House of the University of Cambridge is now used mainly for degree ceremonies. It was formerly also used for meetings of the Council of the Senate.

Thomas Playfere

Thomas Playfere (also Playford) (1561? – 2 February 1609) was an English churchman and theologian, Lady Margaret's Professor of Divinity at Cambridge from 1596.

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