Dauntsey’s recently welcomed Lucy Hawking, the renowned author who uses story-telling to help audiences understand and engage with science, as part of their Mercers’ lecture series

Before the lecture at Dauntsey’s, Lucy joined a group of Sixth Formers for dinner and a lively discussion on a wide range of topics including the ethics of modern technological advances such as genetic modification in humans and artificial intelligence.


The eagerly anticipated lecture was 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.


David Zammit, physics teacher at Dauntsey’s, said: ‘With an engaging and energetic talk the audience was 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. 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.’
The Mercers’ Lectures are named in recognition of the links between Dauntsey’s and the Mercers’ Company, which go back to Mercer founder Alderman William Dauntesey, Master of the Worshipful Company of Mercers, who founded the School in West Lavington in 1542.
The Mercer’s Lectures are open to everyone and entrance is free. All lectures commence at 7.30pm and will be held in either the Memorial Hall or the new Pavilion. Visit the website for more information and a complete programme: www.dauntseys.org
Feature image: Lucy Hawking chats to students and staff from Dauntsey’s