8 May 1946
Ruth Sofia Padel was born in the attic of a house in Wimpole Street
, belonging to her great-aunt. She was the eldest of five children.
23 June 2005
RP's Tigers in Red Weather
appeared: a blend of travel and adventure writing, conservation polemic, and introspective autobiography.
16 May 2009
RP was elected (by a vote of all available Oxford University
graduates) Oxford's Professor of Poetry, to a Chair created in 1708 and never yet held by a woman. She resigned, however, after nine days.