Dame Athene Donald is a Professor of Experimental physics in Cambridge since 1998. Her research is in the general field of soft matter and physics at the interface with biology; she has published over 250 papers in these fields. As well as various prizes from the IOP and Royal Society, she won the 2009 L’Oreal/Unesco Laureate for Europe award. She was appointed DBE in the 2010 Birthday Honours for services to Physics.