David Harding, the Founder & Chairman of Winton Capital Management, is a successful global investment manager, an entrepreneur, an advocate for science education and physics research and a philanthropist.
Since graduating from Cambridge University with a First Class Honours degree in Natural Sciences specialising in Theoretical Physics in 1982 David has founded two of the world’s most successful alternative investment companies. Winton is a global leader in scientific research into financial markets and one of the UK’s most profitable private companies. Before Winton he co-founded Adam Harding and Lueck, which is still the cornerstone of the FTSE listed Man Group.
David is deeply committed to furthering science, risk literacy and education in the UK. In November 2010 he pledged £20million to Cambridge University’s Cavendish Laboratory to fund the Winton Programme for the Physics of Sustainability. He has also made substantial donations to the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, the Royal Society and the Centre for Science and Public Policy at Cambridge University.
Winton has endowed a Chair in the Public Understanding of Risk at Cambridge University and sponsored the Institute for the Study of Monetary History at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. In February 2011 Winton agreed to sponsor the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books for the next five years.