In Memory: Lady Mary Warnock, FBA, DBE

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The Faculty is sorry to hear of the death of Lady Mary Warnock, FBA, DBE on 20th March 2019. 

Mary was connected with Oxford Philosophy as a Fellow in Philosophy at St Hugh’s College and Lady Margaret Hall (where she had also been an undergraduate). She is of course more noted for her long career of public service and many contributions to political life: Mary chaired public inquiries on education, animal experimentation, fertilisation and embryology, and served on a Royal Commission. In 1985, she was created a life peer, sitting as a crossbencher until her retirement from the Lords in 2015.

Within philosophy, Mary wrote much on ethics and the philosophy of mind. The Faculty recently recognised her great importance by adding her portrait to its gallery of eminent philosophers, found at our home in the Radcliffe Humanities building in Oxford.  

A Guardian obituary of Mary can be read here.


Photo by Robert Taylor.