John Bradfield (biologist)

John Richard Grenfell Bradfield
Born 20 May 1925
Cambridge, England, UK
Died 13 October 2014(2014-10-13) (aged 89)
Cambridge, England, UK
Alma mater Cambridge University
Known for Biologist
Cambridge Science Park
Awards Knighthood in the New Year honours
Scientific career
Institutions Trinity College, Cambridge University[1]
Website [1]

Sir John Richard Grenfell Bradfield, CBE (20 May 1925 – 13 October 2014) was a British biologist and entrepreneur, most famous for his role as the founder of Cambridge Science Park, the first Science Park in Europe.[2]


Sir John was a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge from 1947 until his death in 2014. He was a former pupil of the Cambridge and County High School for Boys — now Hills Road Sixth Form College — where he won a scholarship to study natural sciences.[2]

Cambridge Science Park and Career

In 1975, Trinity College, under Bradfield's guidance as Senior Bursar, founded England's first science park on the outskirts of Cambridge.[3] Dr Bradfield spearheaded the creation of Cambridge's research and business campus in the early 1970s, and was its director for many years.

Dr. Bradfield was Chairman of Addenbrooke's NHS Trust from 1993 to 1997.


In 1985 he was awarded CBE.[2]

In 1992 Bradfield received an Honorary Degree from Cambridge University.[4]

In 2007 he was awarded a Knighthood in the New Year honours list in recognition of his services to science, business and to the community of Cambridge.[5]


Sir John died on 13 October 2014 under the Great Gate at Trinity College on his way to attend a dinner for the current tenants of Cambridge Science Park[6] [7]


  1. ^ "Trinity College Cambridge - Contact Details - Sir John Bradfield". Archived from the original on 7 October 2014. Retrieved 16 October 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Former Addenbrooke's chairman knighted". Archived from the original on 16 July 2011.
  3. ^ "800 Years of History; Cambridge through the Centuries". Archived from the original on 24 May 2009.
  4. ^ "Notable recipients: Degrees: University of Cambridge".
  5. ^ "Trinity College News".
  6. ^ "Cambridge Evening News". Archived from the original on 20 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Cambridge University News".

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