A few days ago, I had the great pleasure to be at John Naughton’s inaugural lecture as a Professor at the Open University.
For those who are confused about the timing, I should point out that while John is loved and celebrated for many things in this world, promptness is not always one of them, and his inaugural lecture came just four years after he was awarded the chair. 🙂
In stark contrast, however, he has been very efficient in getting a transcript of his lecture online, and The Social Life of Networks comes strongly recommended. The webcast will be even better.
(For international readers unfamiliar with the British academic system, a ‘Professor’ here is an honorary post granted to very few. John has been a lecturer at the OU for over 30 years and is also a fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge.)