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Bethany Christian-Edwards

Maddie Winder

Rob Trivasse


What is the John Ray Society?

The 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 members.

How do I become a member?

As 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?

John 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.

By effectively starting the study of natural history in Britain, and providing useable reference guides, John Ray inspired generations of scientists and lay enthusiasts.

Upcoming Events

Mon 13th Oct - 'Jambo Ray' Book Sale

Mon 3rd Nov - Internships information evening

Thurs 6th Nov - Talk by Stan Boland - 'Why are careers in science and engineering more rewarding than going into the City?'


Maddie Winder, Rob Trivasse

& Bethany Christian-Edwards


Welcome to the John Ray Society