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Patron: HRH The Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex

The appeal to establish the Sir Alan Cottrell Professorship of Materials Science was initiated at national level on the evening of Tuesday 23 September 2008 when a reception attended by HRH The Earl of Wessex, Patron of the Cottrell Appeal, was held in St James's Palace. Those present at this spectacular and memorable event included Professor Alison Richard, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, Sir Graeme Davies, Chair of the Appeal, former colleagues of Sir Alan from around the UK, current and former academic staff in the Department, altogether about 100 people.

Speeches were given by the Vice-Chancellor Alison Richard, Sir Graeme Davies, Professor Brian Eyre and HRH The Earl of Wessex.