|Professor Athene Donald|
|Born||Athene Margaret Donald
15 May 1953 
|Institutions||University of Cambridge
Robinson College, Cambridge
Churchill College, Cambridge
|Alma mater||Girton College, Cambridge|
|Thesis||Electron microscopy of grain boundary embrittled systems (1977)|
|Notable awards||Fellow of the Royal Society
Order of the British Empire
L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science Award (2009)
|Spouse||Matthew J. Donald|
Professor Dame Athene Margaret Donald, DBE, FRS (born 15 May 1953) is a British physicist. She is Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Cambridge, a member of the Cambridge University Council and Master of Churchill College, Cambridge.
Donald worked at Cornell University as a postdoctoral associate, before returning to Cambridge in 1981 and to the Cavendish Laboratory in 1983. She became Professor of Experimental Physics in 1998. Her major domain of study is soft matter physics, particularly its applications to living organisms and the relationship between structure and other properties. Her research has applied microscopy, and in particular Environmental Scanning Electron Microscopy to the study of both synthetic and biological systems, notably protein aggregation.
Donald was a fellow of Robinson College, Cambridge, director of WiSETI, the University's Women in Science, Engineering and Technology Initiative, and the University's Gender Equality Champion. Outside the university, she chairs the Athena forum, an organisation which aims to provide a strategic oversight of developments that seek to, or have proven to, advance the career progression and representation of women in science, technology, mathematics, and medicine (STEM) in UK higher education. She is also a member of the ESPCI ParisTech Scientific Committee and was the first director of the Physics of Medicine Initiative. She is a member of the Advisory Council of the Campaign for Science and Engineering, and was appointed a Trustee of the National Museum of Science in Industry in 2011.
Donald was one of the five recipients of the 2009 L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science award. She also won the UKRC’s Women of Outstanding Achievement's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.
Sir David Wallace
|Master of Churchill College
- "DONALD, Prof. Dame Athene Margaret" (Who's Who 2013, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2013; online edn, Oxford University Press).(subscription required)
- "Desert Island Discs with Athene Donald". Desert Island Discs. 22 March 2009. BBC. Radio 4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/factual/desertislanddiscs_20090322.shtml.
- http://www.cam.ac.uk/univ/works/council.html University Council
- http://www.bss.phy.cam.ac.uk/~amd3/webCV%2011.htm University of Cambridge web page
- http://www.debretts.com/people/biographies/search/results/20695/Athene%20Margaret+DONALD.aspx Prof Dame Athene Donald, DBE, FRS] at Debrett's People of Today
- Athene Donald from SciVerse Scopus bibliographic database
- Donald, Athene (1977). Electron microscopy of grain boundary embrittled systems (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge.
- Jenkins, P. J.; Cameron, R. E.; Donald, A. M. (1993). "A Universal Feature in the Structure of Starch Granules from Different Botanical Sources". Starch - Stärke 45 (12): 417. doi:10.1002/star.19930451202.
- Krebs, M. R. H.; Bromley, E. H. C.; Donald, A. M. (2005). "The binding of thioflavin-T to amyloid fibrils: Localisation and implications". Journal of Structural Biology 149 (1): 30–37. doi:10.1016/j.jsb.2004.08.002. PMID 15629655.
- Donald, A. M.; Windle, A. H.; Brand, H. R. (1993). "Liquid Crystalline Polymers". Physics Today 46 (11): 87. doi:10.1063/1.2809100.
- Windle, A. H.; Donald, A. D. (1992). Liquid crystalline polymers. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-30666-3.
- http://www.bss.phy.cam.ac.uk/~amd3/ University of Cambridge webpage
- List of publications from Microsoft Academic Search
- Starch: structure and functionality. Cambridge, Eng: Royal Society of Chemistry. 1997. ISBN 0-85404-742-5.
- The importance of polymer science for biological systems: University of York, UK, 26-28 March 2008. Cambridge, Eng: Royal Society of Chemistry. 2008. ISBN 0-85404-120-6.
- University of Cambridge webpage
- http://www.athenaforum.org.uk Athena Forum
- ESPCI ParisTech ISC
- "Advisory Council of the Campaign for Science and Engineering". Retrieved 11 February 2011.
- Science Museum press release
- Women in Science laureate picks up award
- UKRC web page
- The London Gazette: . 12 June 2010.
- http://www.uea.ac.uk/mac/comm/media/press/2012/May/honorary-graduates-2012 Honorary Doctorate of Science