Universities Minister opens Schrödinger Building

12th July 2018

L-R: Piers Scrimshaw-Wright (Managing Director of the Oxford Science Park),  Sam Gyimah (Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation), Professor Sir David Clary FRS (President of Magdalen College) and Rory Maw (Bursar of Magdalen College)

Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, Sam Gyimah, formally opened The Schrödinger Building at the Magdalen College-owned Oxford Science Park.

The £13 million, 61,500 ft2 laboratory and office facility was named in honour of Professor Erwin Schrödinger, the Nobel Prize-winning Austrian physicist who was a Fellow of Magdalen College from 1933-1938.

Sam Gyimah said. “It’s an honour to open the Schrödinger Building at the Oxford Science Park, a place where ideas come to life.

“The businesses found here bring together world-leading research and the spirit of entrepreneurship. They hold the key not just to economic growth, but to how we solve our biggest societal challenges.

“I’m committing to making the UK the best place in the world for innovators to turn ideas into world-changing businesses.”

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Magdalen College President, Professor Sir David Clary FRS, spoke at the event highlighting the vital link between Schrödinger’s pioneering work and innovation at the Science Park.

Piers Scrimshaw-Wright, Managing Director of the Oxford Science Park, said, “The scientists who discovered the structure of DNA in 1953, James Watson and Francis Crick, both cited the thinking of Schrödinger as influential in their own work.

“This work in turn has made much of the research that is performed here at the Oxford Science Park possible. We are sure that the occupiers of this exciting new building will make a significant contribution to the vibrant science and technology ecosystem we have here.”

The Oxford Science Park is owned and managed by Magdalen College. Created in 1991, the Park upholds the College’s heritage and provides one of the most influential science and technology environments in the UK.  There is more than half a million square feet of workspace accommodation across the Park, which is now home to nearly 2,500 people and more than 80 businesses.