Welcome to the Royal College of Science Association, the home of science alumni, students and faculty at Imperial College London, the world’s leading science, medicine and engineering innovation university for over 110 years.
Founded in 1908 under the presidency of HG Wells, we are the alumni group for the science departments at Imperial College, London.
Our members are made up of former staff and students of those departments that award or awarded the ARCS.
We organise events throughout the year to keep our members in touch with each other. And we also have a charitable organisation, the RCSA Trust, which provides funds to support the activities of current RCS students at Imperial.
Affiliations & Links
(If you would like to suggest a group, club or association for listing here, please email the Committee.)
A Brief History
The Royal College of Science Association (RCSA) was set up in 1908 and is a Chapter under the Imperial College Association umbrella comprising the former students from the Departments of Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Maths and Physics (collectively termed the “Royal College of Science”) at the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, in London, UK.
The first President was the author H G Wells, whose books include The Time Machine and War of the Worlds.
The RCS Chant: The Kangela
A traditional song apparently sung back in the day – originating in 1950 and still going in the 1980s. (Apparently derived from a Zulu fertility chant – maybe you’ll get lucky…)
Exec member ONLY: Ladies and Gentlemen of the RCS, Are you in good voice?
Exec member: Then let’s have a KANGELA!
Teia, Teia, Teia,
Below is a list of all of the Presidents of the Royal College of Science Association from H G Wells in 1909 to the current President.
|1909-1910||Mr H G Wells|
|1910-1911||Sir Thomas Holland K.C.S.I., K.C.I.E., F.R.S.|
|1911-1912||Sir Alexander Pedler C.I.E., F.R.S.|
|1912-1913||Sir William Crookes O.M., F.R.S.|
|1913-1914||Dr A E H Hutton F.R.S.|
|1914-1919||Professor H E Armstrong F.R.S.|
|1919-1922||Sir Richard Gregory Bart., F.R.S.|
|1922-1924||Professor L Bairstow C.B.E., F.R.S.|
|1924-1926||Sir Herbert Wright|
|1926-1928||Professor J W Hinchley|
|1928-1930||Mr J Whitehead K.C.|
|1930-1932||Sir Gilbert Morgan O.B.E., F.R.S.|
|1932-1934||Professor J C Philip O.B.E., F.R.S.|
|1934-1936||Professor W W Watts F.R.S.|
|1936-1938||Instructor Rear-Admiral Sir Arthur E Hall K.B.E., C.B.|
|1938-1946||Lt-Colonel P C Bull D.S.O.|
|1946-1948||Dr H J T Ellingham O.B.E.|
|1948-1950||Mr J F Ronca O.B.E.|
|1950-1952||Assistant Professor H R Hewer|
|1952-1954||Mr F P Dunn|
|1954-1956||Professor H V A Briscoe|
|1956-1958||Dr E H T Hoblyn M.B.E.|
|1958-1960||Dr L A Jordon C.B.E.|
|1960-1962||Mr A A Eldridge|
|1962-1964||Mr M Bogod|
|1964-1966||Professor D M Newitt M.C., F.R.S.|
|1966-1969||Mr A P Buchanan|
|1969-1972||Dr R W B Stephens|
|1972-1975||Dr J D Kendall|
|1975-1977||Mr W L Hewlett|
|1977-1979||Professor W K Hayman F.R.S.|
|1979-1981||Dr A C C Newman|
|1981-1983||Dr B Atkinson|
|1983-1985||Mr P Coaker|
|1985-1987||Dr L L Katan|
|1987-1989||Professor J F Levy|
|1989-1991||Mr B F Middleton|
|1991-1993||Mr M D C Campbell|
|1993-1996||Mrs C Nuttall|
|1996-1998||Mr K Arundale|
|1998-2002||Dr MC Black|
|2002-2007||Dr D L James|
|2007-2012||Mr J Sanderson|
|2012-2017||Mr R J Park M.R.I.|
|2017-2022||Mr M S Dulloo|
|2022-||Mr M J Munroe|
The RCSA Prize
A prestigious prize originating in 1997 and awarded annually at Commemoration Day to a student “who has excelled academically and made a great all-round contribution to the College“.
|2024||to be confirmed|
|2013||Francesca Louise Boughey|
|2011||Ying Wo Sammy Ho|
|2010||Gilead David Amit|
|2007||Florencia Amalia Tettamanti|
|2005||Martin Owain Archer|
|2003||Hsin Ting Jessica Chan|
Emma Louise Williams
|2002||Rosanna Eurim Jon|
|2001||Claire Anne Smith|
|1999||C M J Balding|
|1997||Mary Janet Cole|