Baroness Onora O'Neill FBA
About this Fellow
Onora O’Neill combines writing on political philosophy and ethics with a range of public activities. She comes from Northern Ireland and has worked mainly in Britain and the US. She was Principal of Newnham College, Cambridge from 1992-2006, President of the British Academy from 2005-9, chaired the Nuffield Foundation from 1998-2010, has been a crossbench member of the House of Lords since 2000 (Baroness O’Neill of Bengarve). She has chaired the UK’s Equality and Human Rights Commission from 2012-16 and served on of the Medical Research Council and the Banking Standards Board until 2018. In 2017, she was awarded the Holberg Prize and the Berggruen Prize for Philosophy and Culture. She lectures and writes on justice and ethics, accountability and trust, justice and borders, as well as on the future of universities, the quality of legislation and the ethics of communication.
- Professor Emeritus, University of Cambridge; past President of the British Academy
- Assistant, then Associate Professor, Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, 1970 - 1977
- Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader then Professor, University of Essex, 1977 - 1992
- Principal, Newnham College University of Cambridge, 1992 - 2006
- Honorary Professor of Ethics and Political Philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Cambridge, 2003
British Academy Appointments
- President, 2005 - 2009
- Member of Council, 1997 - 1999
Philosophy Commercial and Company Law
History of Science Early Modern History Philosophy of Science
Philosophy Metaphysics Epistemology Philosophy of Language Logic
Philosophy of physics; foundations of quantum mechanics, relativity theory and thermal physics, the role of symmetry principles in physics.