Dr Lisbet Rausing was awarded an Honorary Degree from SOAS in 2004 to honour her work as both an academic and a philanthropist. In support of her interest in preserving cultural and social knowledge, Dr Rausing worked with SOAS to establish the £20 million Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project, based at the School.
Dr Rausing began her career studying at Lund University. She continued her studies at Freiburg University, Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley, where she graduated summa cum laude in 1984. She is also Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at Imperial College, London.
Dr Rausing also spent two years working as an Assistant Professor at the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University. She is the author of Linnaeus: Nature and Nation and Corrour: A History of a Sporting Estate, as well as numerous articles and book reviews.
Dr Rausing founded the Arcadia Trust in 2001. She and her husband Professor Peter Baldwin serve on the donor board of the Trust, through which they endeavour to encourage advanced research and the preservation of fundamental knowledge, and natural, linguistic and historical treasures for future generations.