On 1 November 1755 Lisbon was devastated by a massive earthquake. The reverberations went far beyond the loss of thirty thousand lives, and the religious doubts and counter-affirmations which followed have crucial relevance to dominant forms of belief today.
Lord Sutherland of Houndwood has been Gesham College's Provost since 2002. Former Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Edinburgh, Lord Sutherland has held a number of important public appointments including the Chair of the Royal Commission on the funding of long-term care of the elderly. Stewart Sutherland read philosophy at Aberdeen University before completing his studies at Cambridge and embarking on a university teaching career which included posts in North Wales, Stirling and King's College London where he was Principal for five years before becoming Vice-Chancellor of the University of London and HM Chief Inspector of Schools in England. He is President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and of the Saltire Society.

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