Anne McLaren House naming ceremony in pictures

20 July 2016

Fellows, students and friends gathered at Kellogg on Saturday 16th July 2016, to celebrate the renaming of the College’s student accommodation at 38 Norham Road.


Anne McLaren was a leading figure in developmental biology, making a significant contribution to genetics. She was a strong supporter of the principles of public engagement, access and innovation – principles that are at the heart of Kellogg’s mission.


Anne came to Oxford in 1945 to study Zoology at Lady Margaret Hall before moving on to a research fellowship at UCL. From there she moved to the University of Edinburgh and in 1974 became Director of the Medical Research Council’s Mammalian Development Unit at UCL. Working with mice, she conducted what was in 1958 the world’s first in vitro fertilisation (IVF) birth. Once human IVF births had become commonplace, Anne joined the Warnock Commission to consider the ethical implications and legislative framework for such scientific developments including the use of stem cells, serving for 10 years on the resulting regulatory body, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.

In 1991, Anne became the first ever woman officer of the Royal Society, as their Foreign Secretary and Vice President travelling tirelessly to promote scientific exchanges and to raise the medical and educational needs of developing countries.



Speeches were given by Jonathan Michie, Anne’s son and President of Kellogg College; Professor Matthew Freeman, Head of the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology; Professor Elizabeth Simpson, Emeritus Professor of Transplantation Biology at Imperial College London; and Dr Ann Clarke, Anne’s biographer and Co-Founder and Managing Trustee of The Frozen Ark.




Following drinks in the gardens of the newly renamed Anne McLaren House, guests enjoyed a formal dinner in the College Dining Hall in the presence of the President, Jonathan Michie.

Further pictures from the event can be viewed here: College Facebook Page