Mercers’ Lecture Review: Lucy Hawking

Last week we were delighted to welcome Lucy Hawking, a renowned author who uses story-telling to help audiences understand and engage with science, to Dauntsey’s for her Mercers’ lecture.

Before the lecture, Lucy joined a group of Sixth Formers for dinner and lively discussion, with time to exchange views on a wide range of topics including the ethics of modern technological advances such as genetic modification in humans and artificial intelligence.

Lucy’s lecture was then eagerly attended by a large audience comprising many students and younger siblings who have grown up reading her fantastic books about two children who travel the universe exploring space. With an engaging and energetic talk the audience were treated to an entertaining story of Lucy’s life growing up as the daughter of a world famous physicist interwoven with an insight into her science fiction adventure books and plenty of real physics thrown in to the mix. The talk was capped off with some great questions on the future of science and technology and the ethical issues that inevitably surround these advances.


Pupils, parents and the local community are really looking forward to the next Mercers’ Lecture from Sarah Outen, on Wednesday 9 November. Sarah is a world-record breaking adventurer, published author and inspirational speaker. She rowed into the Guinness Book of Records aged 24 with her world-first 124-day solo row across the Indian Ocean.
All are welcome. Entry is free but please book online.

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