Eleanor Stride appointed Commissioner to 1851 Royal Commission

Catz Fellow Eleanor Stride had been appointed as a Commissioner of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851.

The organisation came into existence to organise the Great Exhibition of 1851, which was held at Crystal Palace and showcased the ‘works and industry of all nations’.

The event generated a surplus over £180,000 – over £20 million today. It was decided that this money would be retained within the Commission and awarded to individuals, ‘to increase the means of industrial education and extend the influence of science and art upon productive industry.’

Eleanor joins 11 other commissioners, who are trustees and oversee the work of the Commission. They are also responsible for choosing recipients of the fellowships, studentships, prizes and special projects that the Commission gives out each year.

Eleanor is the Statutory Professor of Biomaterials in the Department of Engineering Science and the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences.

Her work specialises in the fabrication of nano and microscale devices for targeted drug delivery, including using bubbles to transport medicine in the blood stream to the precise location required.

You can read more about the work of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 on its website.