Lisa Jardine, British historian, Died at 71

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Lisa Anne Jardine was born on April 12, 1944, and passed away on October 25, 2015.

Lisa was a British historian of the early modern period.

From 1990 to 2011, Lisa was a Centenary Professor of Renaissance Studies and Director of the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters at Queen Mary, University of London.

From 2008 to January 2014 she was Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA).

Lisa was a Member of Council of the Royal Institution, until 2009.

On September 1, 2012, Lisa relocated with her research centre and staff to University College London (UCL) to become founding director of its Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in the Humanities.

Lisa was born on April 12, 1944 in Oxford, the eldest child of Jacob Bronowski and the sculptor Rita Coblentz.

Her father was the subject of her Conway Memorial Lecture, “Things I Never Knew About My Father”, delivered in the Conway Hall Ethical Society on 26 June 2014.

Lisa was educated at Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Newnham College, Cambridge, and the University of Essex.

For two years she took the Cambridge Mathematical Tripos before, in her final year and under the influence of Raymond Williams, she read English.

Lisa studied for an MA in the Literary Theory of Translation by Professor Donald Davie at the University of Essex.

She was awarded a PhD from the University of Cambridge with a thesis on Francis Bacon: Discovery and the Art of Discourse (subsequently published by Cambridge University Press).

Lisa died at age 71 in October 2015.