Introducing Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz – Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge and New Patron of the Welsh Chess Union


 

I have had the pleasure of knowing Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz since 1988 when I chose a research project supervised by him as a final year undergraduate, before becoming his PhD student the next year at the University of Cambridge. He has been the inspiration for my career in research and we have continued to stay in touch. I am delighted to introduce him as our Patron.

 Borys, as he is known to his friends, was born in Cardiff, the son of Polish immigrants.  He grew up amongst the post-War Polish community on an estate in Llanrumney.  He attended Bryn Hafod Primary School where he developed a passion for learning from the dedicated teachers at that school, particularly from one teacher whom he credits with inspiring a whole generation of children from the estate.

  

Borys passed his eleven-plus to enter Cardiff High School, where he joined the chess club, played rugby - and played guitar in a rock band! During these competitive chess playing years, he captained the Cardiff High School Chess Team and won one of the Welsh Junior titles.

  

Following Medical School in Cardiff, Post-Doctoral Research at Hammersmith Hospital and Senior Research Lectureships at Cambridge University, he was appointed as Professor of Medicine at the University of Wales College of Medicine in 1991. In 2001 Borys left Cardiff to take up a position as Principal of the Faculty of Medicine and subsequently Deputy Rector at Imperial College, London.  That same year, he was knighted for his contribution to medical education and research.

He became Chief Executive of the Medical Research Council in 2007, a position he held until 2010. On 1st October 2010 Borys became the 345th Vice Chancellor of the University of Cambridge.

 

He strongly believes in the value of education and is keen to promote opportunities for children in underprivileged areas.

 

More information can be found on the following websites:

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/local-news/son-cardiff-immigrants-family-values-2034938

http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/v-c/biography/

 

By Ed Wang

 

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