Professor Lisa Jardine: a remarkable person

Professor Lisa Jardine

Professor Lisa Jardine

All at The National Archives are saddened to hear of the death of Professor Lisa Jardine. Lisa was Professor of Renaissance Studies at University College London, where she was Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in the Humanities and Director of the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters. Among her many accomplishments, she served as Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority – the UK government regulator for assisted reproduction – from 2008 to January 2014 .

In December 2011 she was appointed as a Non-executive Director at The National Archives. Lisa was one of our great supporters and she brought wisdom, insight and good humour to meetings. She had a zest for life which was infectious, and her insatiable quest for knowledge and her passion for archives runs through our new strategy that Lisa helped to drive and shape as a member of our Management Board. She was also Patron of the Archives and Records Association.

In 2012 Lisa along with Professor Peter Hennessy recorded a podcast for us, in which they explore the value of our archival heritage and consider why ‘sustaining the collective memory of the nation is a first-order requirement’.

Jeff James, Chief Executive and Keeper of The National Archives said:

‘Lisa was a truly remarkable person and we were especially lucky to have her as a Non-executive Director for the last four years. Her professional and personal accomplishments would have been enough for several full lives. But above all Lisa was a person of strong convictions and personal integrity, speaking her mind in a delightfully challenging yet supportive way and we will remember her fondly and with great warmth as we celebrate a “life well lived”.’

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