Lady Lyn Welland

Fellow Commoner

Lyn completed her PhD in Polymer physics at the University of Bristol. She moved to Cambridge in 1986 where she started a family and did a postdoc at the Cavendish Laboratory.  After her second child she began teaching Physics at the Perse school which she did for many years followed by some teaching at the Perse School for Girls (now the Stephen Perse Foundation).

Lyn decided to change career to flute teaching after her fourth child, as she has always had a love of music and plays the flute and the piano. She has a Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (LRSM) in flute performance and enjoys playing both orchestral and chamber music. 

Lyn co-chaired the Neurodiversity Project Group at St Catharine’s from its inception until 2023 and now coordinates the College’s involvement in a 2-year pilot collaboration with the Accessibility & Disability Resource Centre to support neurodiversity in the College community. Lyn also enabled a dog-walking scheme to support the wellbeing of students at St Catharine’s, with her dog Toby.

Lyn’s publications are mainly on investigating the crystallisation behaviour and morphology of polymers using Transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction and include the following. 

· Single crystals of V amylose 1991 Int J Biol Macromol

· Selective degradation of chain folded single crystals of PHB 1989 Polymer communications

· Crystallisation and morphology of a bacterial thermoplastic, PHB 1984 J Mat Sci