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Chemistry Christmas Lecture – The Martin Luther King Legacy: Xmas and Beyond

Prof Bernard Golding will be giving the annual Chemistry Christmas Lecture at Newcastle University.

Date/Time: Wednesday 12 December 2018, 16:00 - 17:00 with reception after

Venue: Room 2.76, Bedson Building

The lecture highlights the award by Newcastle University in 1967 of an honorary Doctorate of Civil Law to Martin Luther King (1929-1968), who visited the university to receive this honour and delivered a powerful speech.

This event has been celebrated in the university over the past year and my lecture will be an addition to the variety of events that have taken place.

Dr King had a close interest in health issues, especially the inequality among humans in the delivery of effective treatments. His attention to health matters may have been influenced by his own suffering from severe migraine attacks at a time when there was no effective treatment.

Scientists at Newcastle intent on discovering new medicines should be inspired by the progress made in the treatment of migraine in the past 50 years, but inequality in delivery persists.

Dr King was also much troubled by human conflict and again scientists should be concerned at the continued use of chemicals as weapons of war.

Dr King gave a famous Christmas address in 1967, which re-iterated his call to address the three evils of war, poverty and racism.

With Xmas being the time for 'peace and goodwill to all men', we should honour Martin Luther King's legacy and help to address the issues he strove to resolve before he was cruelly assassinated.

Christmas reception

The lecture will be followed by mulled wine, mince pies and other Christmas treats provided by the North East section of the Royal Society of Chemistry. This will take place in the Faraday Room of the same building from 5pm.