Reporter 453, 5 June 2000


The Royal Society of Chemistry has conferred one of its annual awards on Dr John Kennedy, Reader in Inorganic Chemistry. The main group element chemistry award, a silver medal with £500, recognised his ‘substantial and seminal contributions to heteroborane cluster chemistry’.
The Society, of which Dr Kennedy is a Fellow, said his original research had significantly extended the range of deltahedral and fused deltahedral clusters which chemists need to know. His other distinctions include the Purkyne Medal and Lectureship of the Czech Academy.

Professor Harold Fisch, who taught English at the University for ten years up to 1957 and retired as an emeritus professor and past rector of Bar Ilan University, has been awarded the Israel Prize for Literary Research. He has published widely on English and American literature, modern Hebrew literature and biblical studies.
The latest of his many books, The Biblical Presence in Shakespeare, Milton and Blake (Oxford) has been acclaimed as his crowning achievement. Professor Fisch, born in 1923, was educated at Sheffield and Oxford and served in the Royal Navy as a wartime sub-lieutenant.

Paula Burkinshaw, who recently joined the University as corporate learning and development manager in the Institute for Corporate Learning at the Business School, has been appointed to the judging panel for the Personnel Today award for training excellence. The task involves shortlisting three organisations by the end of this month, visiting each of them over the summer to see their training programmes in action and naming the winner at the awards ceremony in November.

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