Professor Ludmilla Jordanova grew up in Oxford where her love of classical music took root, and she experienced her first opera, Rigoletto, aged about 8. She studied at Cambridge University, undertaking a doctorate there in the history of science. She has worked at several universities in the UK and elsewhere, and is currently Emeritus Professor of History and Visual Culture at Durham University. Ludmilla also has a training in art history and theory, as well as strong interests in interdisciplinarity. She was a Trustee of the National Portrait Gallery 2001-9, the Science Museum Group 2011-21, and joined the Mahogany Board in March 2020. Her publications are in the areas of the history of science and medicine, portraiture, historiography, visual culture and contemporary visual arts.