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The pioneering work of members of the University, including several in MPLS, has been recognised in The Queen's Birthday Honours List.

A view of Oxford colleges and spires

Four MPLS academics received honours as follows:

Professor Angela Ruth McLean, FRS, Professor of Mathematical Biology in the Department of Zoology, is appointed DBE for services to mathematical biology and to scientific advice for government.

She said: "I am delighted to receive this honour and to see the two topics of mathematical biology and the use of science in government recognised in this way."

Professor Steven Charles Cowley, FRS, FREng, President of Corpus Christi College and Professorial Research Fellow in the Department of Physics, is knighted for services to science and to the development of nuclear fusion. 

He said: "I am personally delighted and humbled. I have been privileged to work with many extraordinary people in fusion research. This honour reflects the huge importance of our collective work developing new, clean forms of energy production."

Professor Jane Alison Langdale, FRS, Professorial Research Fellow in the Department of Plant Sciences and The Queen’s College, is appointed CBE for services to plant science.

Professor Katherine Jane Willis, Professor of Biodiversity in the Department of Zoology, is appointed CBE for services to biodiversity and conservation.

She said: "It is a huge surprise to be recognised in this way and I feel honoured and privileged - in particular for doing something I feel so passionately about.

"However, it is not just a recognition of my own achievements but of the many scientists and colleagues I have been lucky enough to work with at Oxford and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew."

Other people receiving honours from the University were as follows:

  • Dr The Reverend Ralph Waller, who has been Principal of Harris Manchester College and Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Oxford, is knighted for services to education.
  • Dr Hilary Frances Emery, Honorary Norham Fellow at the University of Oxford, is appointed CBE for services to children and young people.
  • Professor Sarah Harper, Director of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing at the University of Oxford, is appointed CBE for services to the science of demography.
  • Professor Melinda Mills, Nuffield Professor of Sociology at the Department of Sociology and Fellow of Nuffield College, is appointed MBE for services to social science.

Story courtesy of the University of Oxford News Office

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