Dame Alison Fettes Richard, DBE, DL (born 1 March 1948) is an English
anthropologist, conservationist and university administrator. She was
the 344th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, the third
Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge since the post became full-time, and the
1 Early life
2 Research and teaching
3 University administration
5 Advisory boards
9 See also
10 External links
Alison Richard was born in Kent. She attended the Queenswood School
and was an undergraduate in Anthropology at Newnham College,
Cambridge, before gaining a PhD from
King's College London
King's College London in 1973
with a thesis titled Social organization and ecology of propithecus
Research and teaching
In 1972, she moved to
Yale University where she taught and continued
her research on the ecology and social behavior of wild primates in
Central America, West Africa, the Himalayan foothills of Pakistan, and
the southern forests of Madagascar. She was named Professor of
Anthropology in 1986 and chaired the Department of Anthropology at
Yale from 1986 to 1990. From 1991 to 1994 she was the Director of
Yale's Peabody Museum of Natural History, which houses one of the
world’s most important university natural history collections. In
1998 she was named the Franklin Muzzy Crosby Professor of the Human
Richard is best known for her studies of the sifaka (Propithecus
verreauxi), a lemur of southern and western Madagascar. With
collaborators and students, she led a program of field observation,
capture and release, anatomical measurement, and genetic and hormone
sampling, of more than 700 individually known sifaka from 1984 to the
present. This is one of the largest primate
populations continuously observed for such a long period. The research
has yielded valuable insights into sifaka life-histories, demography,
social behavior, and genetics. These, in turn, expand the
understanding of the variation in the lives and biology of the members
of the primate order.
From 1994 until 2002, she was Provost of
Yale University with
operational responsibility for the University’s financial and
academic programs and planning. From 2003 to 2010, Richard was the
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge. During her tenure, she
led several major changes in university policy, ranging from
intellectual property to undergraduate financial aid, re-organized
management of the University's endowment, and expanded Cambridge’s
global partnerships, most notably in the US, China, India, Singapore,
and the Persian Gulf. She launched and completed a billion-pound
fund-raising campaign, the largest ever for a UK university.
In the 1970s, in collaboration with RW Sussman (Washington University)
and G Ramanantsoa (University of Madagascar), she helped establish a
nature reserve at Beza-Mahafaly, southwest Madagascar, which was
formally incorporated into the Madagascar Nature Reserve system in
For more than three decades, she has worked with colleagues to help
conserve the reserve’s unique natural heritage, sponsor training and
research by students from Madagascar and elsewhere, and to enhance
socio-economic opportunities for people living in and around the
forest. Over the years, these conservation efforts have been funded by
the Liz Claiborne Art Ortenberg Foundation, WWF, the Schwartz
Foundation, and USAID.
Richard is currently a member of the Boards of the Howard Hughes
Medical Institute, and of WWF International. She serves as an
advisor to the Liz Claiborne/Art Ortenberg Foundation, Arcadia Fund,
and to the Cambridge Conservation Initiative. She is also Chairman of
the Advisory Board of the executive search firm Perrett Laver.
Richard was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British
Empire (DBE) in the 2010 Birthday Honours. In 2005, she was
appointed Officier de l'Ordre National in Madagascar.
She has received honorary doctorates from universities in the UK
(Edinburgh, Queens University Belfast, Anglia Ruskin, Exeter,
Cambridge), China (Peking, Chinese University of Hong Kong),
Madagascar (University of Antananarivo), Canada (York), Korea (Ewha
Women’s University) and the US (Yale), and in 2011 she was made a
Fellow of King's College, London.
She was awarded the Green Globe Award of the Rainforest Alliance
(1998), and the Verrill Medal,
Yale University (2008). She was made
Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Cambridgeshire in 2004. She is
an Honorary Fellow of Lucy Cavendish, Newnham and Wolfson Colleges,
University of Cambridge.
She is a member of the Athenaeum Club.
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Alison Richard nominated as Cambridge University
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windfalls". The Times. London, UK. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
^ "New Vice-Chancellor for Cambridge". University of Cambridge.
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January 2009. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
^ "Social organization and ecology of propithecus verreaux
King's College London
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Yale University. Retrieved 27
^ "Alison Richard: The quiet revolutionary". The Guardian newspaper.
31 October 2006. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
^ "Cambridge University anniversary campaign tops £1bn". BBC News. 11
June 2010. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
^ a b c Peter M. Kappeler, David P. Watts (2012): Long-term Field
Studies of Primates. Springer.
^ "In Madagascar". The Liz Claiborne and Art Ortenberg Foundation.
Archived from the original on 24 January 2012. Retrieved 27 April
^ "Trustees". Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Retrieved
^ "Prof. Alison Richard". WWF. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
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