Previous Campaigns – the Mays Wild Appeal

Downing College enjoys a first-class reputation for Natural Science and is today a centre of scientific excellence. Much of the credit for this achievement is attributable to the inspirational leadership of Frank Wild and Martin Mays, whose combined service as Fellows spans nearly 70 years. To commemorate their exceptional contributions, the College has established a fund in both their names to support the Natural Sciences (biological and physical), and in particular to establish a Mays Wild Fellowship.

The Mays Wild Fund for the Natural Sciences has achieved its target of £500,000 to establish the Mays Wild Fellowship and to provide research and travel grants to undergraduates and postgraduates.

Dr Rachel O'Reilly was appointed as the first Mays Wild Fellow and the next was Sophie-Ann Harrington. Dr Mike Housden, who was elected to the post for three years from 1 October 2012, is our current Mays Wild Research Fellow in Chemistry.

Thank you to all who supported the campaign.


Dr Martin Mays  Cover of the Mays Wild Campaign brochure  Frank Wild, 1916–1984



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