John RayAbout the John Ray Trust

The John Ray Trust commemorates the life and achievements of John Ray, probably the most distinguished British natural historian of all time, and his association with the Essex town of Braintree. Ray's industry, scholarly approach and triumph over adversity, make him an example which the Trust recognises by way of a worthy memorial in the form of Bursaries and Scholarships in the earth and life sciences. These are awarded to young students and those working on relevant projects. Special emphasis and support is given towards work enhancing environmental awareness.

The John Ray Trust is a registered charity (Number 294915) founded in 1986, the principal objectives being to advance the education of the public in the natural sciences and to promote increased awareness and appreciation of the work of John Ray.

 

The Life and Times of John Ray

The Life and Times of John Ray

John Ray’s greatness was that, in a time of transition and universal turmoil, he saw the need the precise and ordered knowledge.

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The Works of John Ray

The Works of John Ray

John Ray’s work was to inspire future generations and instil in the British people an awareness of natural history. The entire natural world appealed to Ray. He investigated and wrote about fish, birds, animals and insects as well as theology and language.

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Summer Research Grants

Summer Research Grants

The John Ray Trust is offering grants of up to £500 each to enable talented young undergraduates at the University of Cambridge to participate in a research project during the summer vacation in a field that John Ray would have been interested in.

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Ray's Travels

Ray's Travels

Ray’s extensive travels were driven by his curiosity and desire to collect specimens of all living things.

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