Architect Jim Eyre of Wilkinson Eyre is in illustrious company as a recent recipient of the Bodley Medal after Sir David Attenborough and Professor Stephen Hawking were also awarded the prestigious honour last week.
Earlier this year, Jim became the first architect to receive the 350-year-old medal as the mastermind behind the Bodleian Libraries’ newly refurbished Weston Library. Last Friday, as the new library opened its doors to the public for the first time, Sir David Attenborough and Professor Stephen Hawking were also honoured.
Previous recipients are no less impressive. The medal, which dates back to 1646 and is the Bodleian’s highest honour has only been awarded to 19 people since being reinstated in 2002 after a hiatus of more than 300 years.
Jim’s name now sits alongside a roll call of the great and the good in the world of culture, learning, science and communication including Alan Bennett, Lord Richard Attenborough and Sir Tim Berners-Lee.
No doubt, future recipients will include many of those who will benefit from Jim’s visionary design. In the words of Richard Ovenden, Bodley’s Librarian: “This is where some of the greatest scholars in the world will gather to study and to play intellectual tennis with each other. From this will spring genius.”