What is the John Ray Society?
John Ray Society is at the heart of the St Catharine's Natural Sciences
community. Over the year it organises a series of lectures, dinners and
other events to not only help the NatScis of the college get to know
each other better, but also to broaden the scientific horizons of its
How do I become a member?
a NatSci of St Catharine's, you are automatically a member. Computer
Scientists and Chemical Engineers also belong to the John Ray Society.
Who was John Ray?
Ray was a 17th century biologist, regarded by many as one the greatest
naturalists that England has ever produced. He is principally known for
his botanical achievements, starting with the "Cambridge Catalogue" of
1660, the first flora of any British country, in which he describes the
plants found around Cambridgeshire.
effectively starting the study of natural history in Britain, and
providing useable reference guides, John Ray inspired generations of
scientists and lay enthusiasts.
Maddie Winder, Rob Trivasse
& Bethany Christian-Edwards
Welcome to the John Ray Society