Onora O'Neill#


Onora ONeill
Email:oon20 'at' cam.ac.uk
Membership Number:2593
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:UNITED KINGDOM
Section:PHILOSOPHY, THEOLOGY & RELIGIOUS STUDIES
Username:ooneill
Elected:2009
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Present and Previous Positions
  • 1992-2006 Principal of Newnham College, Cambridge University

Fields of Scholarship
  • Kantian ethics
  • Importance of trust and accountability in public life
  • Practical judgement and normativity
  • Ethics of communication (including media ethics)

Honours and Awards
  • 1988 - 1989 President of the Aristotelian Society
  • 1990 - 1994 Member of the Animal Procedures Committee
  • 1996 - 1998 Chair of Nuffield Council on Bioethics
  • 1996 - 1999 Member and then acting chair of the Human Genetics Advisory Commission
  • Member of the select committee on BBC Charter Review
  • Since 1997 Chair of the Nuffield Foundation
  • Since 2002 Trustee of Sense About Science
  • Trustee of the Ditchley Foundation
  • Trustee of the Gates Cambridge Trust
  • President of the British Academy between 2005 and 2009
  • Life peer as Baroness O’Neill of Bengarve, of The Braid in the County of Antrim in 1999
  • 2007 Honorary FRS
  • Foreign Hon. Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1993) and the Austrian Academy of Sciences (2002), a Foreign Member of the American Philosophical Society (2003), and Hon. Member Royal Irish Academy (2003), a Foreign Member of the Leopoldina (2004) and the Norwegian Academy of Sciences (2006) and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences
  • 2017 Holberg Prize
  • 2017 Berggruen Prize for Philosophy & Culture


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