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Cambridge , Caius College · September the 16-17th 2016
RRobert Willis was a typical nineteenth-century polymath, whose interests stretched from mechanism to medieval architecture, from vowel sounds to vaults and beyond.
Perhaps best known today as a historian of architecture and construction, he was also Jacksonian Professor of Natural and Experimental Philosophy at the University of Cambridge and Professor of Mechanics at the Metropolitan School of Science (Royal School of Mines) in London.
He was an experimentalist, inventor and educational innovator and produced a series of histories of English cathedrals which continue to inspire and inform modern scholars.
By bringing together an international group of experts and enthusiasts from a wide range of disciplines, our symposium aims to explore the diverse yet inter-related aspects of Willis’s career and his significance, both contemporary and to posterity, in Britain and across the world.
From the local to the global
Willis and science
Willis and archaeology
Willis, vaults and drawing
The symposium will take place in Willis’s college, Gonville and Caius, Cambridge on Friday 16 September 2016, followed by a day visiting sites of particular significance to Willis’s career on Saturday 17 September (transport provided).
There will be a commemorative dinner in the Dining Hall of Caius College on the evening of 16 September which all delegates are invited to attend. College accommodation can also be booked for those attending.