Peter Sowerby Chair appointed

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Professor Sherrilyn Roush has been appointed as Peter Sowerby Chair in Philosophy and Medicine at King’s College London.

Before joining King’s, she was full Professor of Philosophy at University of California, Berkeley, where she joined in 2006.

Roush took a PhD in Philosophy from Harvard after undergraduate studies at Pennsylvania State University. She completed a B.S. degree with highest distinction in Mathematics and a B.A. degree with highest distinction and honors in Philosophy in 1988.

On taking up the newly endowed chair, Professor Roush will develop connections between medicine and her ground-breaking contributions in central areas of philosophy, notably philosophy of science and epistemology.

Professor Maria Rosa Antognazza, Head of the Department at King’s, said: ‘The King’s Philosophy Department is delighted to welcome Professor Sherrilyn Roush as the inaugural Peter Sowerby Chair in Philosophy and Medicine. By establishing the Chair, the Sowerby Foundation and King’s College London hope to reinstate the philosophical tradition at the heart of medical learning.

‘This work will explore the profound relationship between abstract philosophical ideas and medical thought; and it has, as a consequence, real potential for practical benefit to society as a whole. It will build on the programme of research and teaching in philosophy and medicine recently begun at King’s under a grant from the Wellcome Trust.’

Professor Roush said: ‘I am honoured to have this new role entrusted to me, and excited about the discussions we will have of questions that these fields share.’

Dr Peter Sowerby is a doctor, businessman and philanthropist who has endowed the Peter Sowerby Chair in Philosophy & Medicine at King’s as the first of its kind in the world.

The Peter Sowerby Chair will develop a programme of teaching and research to study the wider cultural and philosophical questions relating to health. A vibrant events programme will include accessible public lectures on topics of general interest, workshops and seminars for health professionals and philosophers and policy discussions offering a unique and reflective perspective on the understanding of health and disease.

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Prof Roush is available for media interview. Please contact Anna Mitchell, PR Manager (Arts and Sciences), on anna.i.mitchell@kcl.ac.uk or 0207 848 3092.

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