Bonnie Greer takes role as Kingston University Chancellor
By adam_leone | Thursday, March 07, 2013, 09:11
The playwright and commentator Bonnie Greer OBE has taken the role as Chancellor of Kingston University.
Bonnie Greer, new Chancellor of Kingston University, picture by Sergio Mimms
She's calling for more girls to study science and mathematics.
Describing herself as a "science onlooker" who based her second novel on the subject, Ms Greer said it was crucial that women take up the study of science and maths.
"Historically women have been kept out of these professions, so who knows what genius has been lost?" she said.
"When you think of all the big problems that are out there waiting to be solved, every ounce of human intelligence is needed."
Ms Greer is shortly due to succeed Sir Peter Hall as Kingston's Chancellor as he takes on a new role as Patron of the University.
An author, playwright, actor and musician, Ms Greer is a regular contributor to Sky News Paper Review, BBC2's The Review Show and Radio 4's Any Questions.
Despite this, she is perhaps best known for her appearance on the same edition of the BBC's Question Time as the BNP leader Nick Griffin, which she described as "probably the weirdest and most creepy experience of my life".