Mr David Harding

Honorary Fellow
1979
2013

David Harding is the chairman and chief executive officer of the Winton Capital Group, a successful global investment manager, an entrepreneur and an advocate for science education and physics research. Since graduating from St Catharine’s in 1982, David has started two of the world’s leading alternative investment companies. Winton, which he founded in 1997, is a global leader in scientific research into financial markets. In 1987 he co-founded Adam Harding and Lueck (AHL), one of the first systematic trend following CTAs in Europe, which was subsequently bought by the Man Group and remains one of the cornerstones of the FTSE listed company. David has made philanthropic donations to causes related to the furthering of science, risk literacy and education in the UK. In September 2014 he gave £5million to the Science Museum in London. The David and Claudia Harding Mathematics Gallery will be designed by the world renowned architect Zaha Hadid and will open in 2016. In November 2010 he pledged £20million to Cambridge University’s Cavendish Laboratory to fund the Winton Programme for the Physics of Sustainability which funds blue sky research in branches of condensed matter physics of relevance to energy capture and storage. He has also endowed the Winton Professorship for the public understanding of risk at Cambridge University and the Harding Centre for Risk Literacy at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. David was a Board member of the Cambridge University 800th Anniversary Campaign Board and is currently a member of the Royal Society Advisory Board and the Create the Change Campaign Board, raising money for the Francis Crick Institute. He is also a member of the Board and Executive Committee of the Managed Funds Association.