The late Professor Lisa Jardine CBE was a writer, critic and broadcaster, who combined a scholarly career as a historian with a high media profile. She was the first woman fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge and Reader in Renaissance Literature at the University of Cambridge. She was also Centenary Professor of Renaissance Studies at Queen Mary University of London, an Honorary Fellow of King’s College Cambridge and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
Throughout her career she wrote a number of books including On a Grander Scale: The Outstanding Career of Christopher Wren (2002). She had a particular interest in contemporary writing and reviews regularly for numerous newspapers and magazines. She was also a presenter on BBC Radio 3’s Night Waves, Radio 4’s Start the Week and Channel’s 4’s Powerhouse. Professor Jardine judged the 1996 Whitbread Prize, the 1999 Guardian First Book Award, the 2000 Orwell Prize and was Chair of judges for the 1997 Orange Prize and the 2002 Man Booker Prize for fiction.