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University of Warwick Receives Gift of 1.2 Million Pounds to set up Chair in Neuroscience

Originally published 29 May 1998

Warwickshire resident Ted Pridgeon has given the University of Warwick a gift of 1.2 million pounds to fund a research professorship in neuroscience at the University of Warwick.

Mr Pridgeon made his donation in person when he and his wife Myrtle visited the University to tour the University's Biological Sciences Department and its Medical Research Institute.

The University of Warwick has already established a strong reputation for biomedical research in its Biological Sciences department and is also awaiting governmental response to a bid to establish a new medical school. Mr Pridgeon wishes to fund the chair to support research which will contribute to a better understanding of the brain and will hopefully lead to improvements in the quality of life of people suffering from serious, but not necessarily terminal, medical problems. He is also eager to support the University's medical school bid which he feels would be of considerable benefit to the people of Coventry and Warwickshire.

Ted Pridgeon was born near Louth in Lincolnshire and now resides in Warwickshire. He became a successful cattle breeder and also represented his country at international rifle shooting competitions. Myrtle Pridgeon was born in Cambridgeshire, qualified in Medicine at Edinburgh and prior to her retirement she was as Specialist in Community Health for South Warwickshire.


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