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Papers of Nancy Lane

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.10351

Content Description

Comprises: personal and biographical papers, including honours, appointments and life-history; papers relating to WiSETI (Women in Science, Engineering and Technology Initiative) and other related initiatives to promote women in SET; papers relating to talks, lectures and overseas trips on the topic of women in science; notes for Part II Zoology lectures; correspondence; interview with Pamela Smith for 'Women at Cambridge' event; photographs.


  • Creation: 1944 - 2020

Biographical / Historical

Nancy Lane Perham, born in 1936 in Canada, is a cell biologist at the University of Cambridge and a Life Fellow of Girton College. She was educated at Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, and the University of Oxford. Her primary research centres on cell-to-cell junctions and interactions. Lane is an advocate for the promotion of women in science and engineering (SET) in higher education. She was appointed by John Major to the Citizen's Charter Advisory Panel and chaired the Working Party on Women in SET, which resulted in the publication of The Rising Tide report in 1994. She was the first director of WiSETI, an initiative to support women in SET at Cambridge, and was also involved in setting up the UK Athena Project to promote women in science more broadly. She was married to Richard Nelson Perham (d. 2015), the biochemist and former Master of St John's College.


0.375 cubic metre(s) (10 archive boxes)

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The arrangement is based on an inventory of folders provided by the donor at the point of transfer.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to Cambridge University Library by Nancy Lane in two batches, in April 2021 and August 2021.

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