Bridget Ogilvie

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Dame Bridget Ogilvie

Bridget Margaret Ogilvie

(1938-03-24) 24 March 1938 (age 81)[1]
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Cambridge
National Institute for Medical Research
Wellcome Trust
Zeneca Group plc
Imperial College London
ThesisNippostrongylus braziliensis: a study of the life cycle and immunological response of the host (1964)
InfluencedNancy Rothwell[3]

Dame Bridget Margaret Ogilvie, AC DBE FRS[4] (born 24 March 1938)[1] is an Australian and British scientist.[1][5][6][7]


Ogilvie was born in 1938 at Glen Innes, New South Wales, Australia, to John Mylne and Margaret Beryl (née McRae) Ogilvie. During her primary school years, she had a single teacher, and three other students in her class.[8] She was educated at the New England Girls' School (Armidale, New South Wales), finishing in 1955. She completed a BRurSC (Hons I) degree in Rural Science at the University of New England, graduating with the University medal in 1960. She was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship to attend Girton College, Cambridge, where she earned a PhD for her work on Nippostrongylus brasiliensis.[1][2][9][10][11]


Ogilvie joined the Parasitology department at the Medical Research Council's National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) in 1963 and spent her academic career there studying immune responses to nematodes (intestinal worms) until 1991 when she was appointed as the Director of the Wellcome Trust. She remained as Director until 1998, when the Trust was turning its attention to "public engagement with science".

Ogilvie was the first Chairperson of the Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) Board. Since her retirement, she has played a significant role in public engagement with science and science in education. As a trustee of the Science Museum and chair of the AstraZeneca science teaching trust, she served as chair of COPUS and Techniquest. She has served as currently Vice chair of the board of Trustees of Sense About Science and is a Visiting Professor at University College London.[1][12]

Awards and honours[edit]

In 1994, Ogilvie won the Kilgerran Prize of the Foundation for Science and Technology. In the 1996 New Year Honours List, Ogilvie was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2003.[4] In 2007 she was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC), Australia's highest civilian honour, with the citation: "For service to science in the field of biomedical research, particularly related to veterinary and medical parasitology, and through support for research funding to improve global health."[13]

She is a member of the Advisory Council for the Campaign for Science and Engineering.[12] In 2008 she was elected to the Australian Academy of Science. She is an Honorary Fellow of St Edmund's College, Cambridge.[14] She is an honorary member of the British Society for Immunology.[15]


  1. ^ a b c d e "OGILVIE, (Dame) Bridget (Margaret), (Dr Bridget Ogilvie)". Who's Who. 2016 (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. (subscription or UK public library membership required) (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b Ogilvie, Bridget (1964). Nippostrongylus braziliensis (Travassos, 1914; Travassos and Darriba, 1929): a study of the life cycle and immunological response of the host (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge.(subscription required)
  3. ^ McCann, Kate (23 April 2013). "Dame Nancy Rothwell: 'Break the rules and see what happens'". The Guardian. London. Archived from the original on 10 July 2013.
  4. ^ a b Anon (2015). "Dame Bridget Ogilvie AC DBE FMedSci FRS". London: Royal Society. Archived from the original on 17 November 2015. One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from the website where:

    “All text published under the heading 'Biography' on Fellow profile pages is available under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.” --"Royal Society Terms, conditions and policies". Archived from the original on 25 September 2015. Retrieved 2016-03-09.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)

  5. ^ Bridget Ogilvie's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  6. ^ List of publications from Microsoft Academic
  7. ^ Ogilvie, B. M.; McClymont, G. L.; Shorland, F. B. (1961). "Effect of Duodenal Administration of Highly Unsaturated Fatty Acids on Composition of Ruminant Depot Fat". Nature. 190 (4777): 725. Bibcode:1961Natur.190..725O. doi:10.1038/190725a0.
  8. ^ "Dame Bridget Ogilvie, parasitologist and immunologist - Australian Academy of Science".
  9. ^ Suzannah Pearce, ed. (17 November 2006). "OGILVIE, Dame Bridget Margaret". Who's Who in Australia Live!. North Melbourne, Victoria: Crown Content Pty Ltd.
  10. ^ Philipp, M.; Parkhouse, R. M. E.; Ogilvie, B. M. (1980). "Changing proteins on the surface of a parasitic nematode". Nature. 287 (5782): 538–540. Bibcode:1980Natur.287..538P. doi:10.1038/287538a0. PMID 7422005.
  11. ^ Ogilvie, B. M. (1964). "Reagin-like Antibodies in Animals Immune to Helminth Parasites". Nature. 204 (4953): 91. Bibcode:1964Natur.204...91O. doi:10.1038/204091a0.
  12. ^ a b "Advisory Council of the Campaign for Science and Engineering". Archived from the original on 28 August 2010. Retrieved 11 February 2011.
  13. ^ It's an Honour: AC; accessed 8 April 2014.
  14. ^ "St Edmund's College - University of Cambridge". Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  15. ^ "Honorary members - British Society for Immunology".
Preceded by
Peter Williams
Director of Wellcome Trust
Succeeded by
Michael Dexter

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