Reporter 455, 25 September 2000


Professor McNeil Alexander, research professor in the School of Biology, was awarded a CBE in the Queenís Birthday Honours list in June for his services to zoology. Professor Alexander, who took his PhD at Cambridge and was conferred with a DSc by the University of Wales, is a Fellow of the Royal Society and of the Institute of Biology. He was secretary of the Zoological Society for seven years and led a campaign to preserve London Zoo.

Also honoured as CBE was Professor Colin Bird, Faculty Provost and Dean of Medicine at Edinburgh University, who was Professor of Pathology in the School of Medicine at Leeds prior to his appointment across the border.

Babatunde Gbolade, director of the fertility control unit at St Jamesís University Hospital and an honorary senior clinical lecturer in the division of obstetrics and gynaecology, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland.

Professor Derek Ingham of the Department of Applied Mathematics has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Cluj, in recognition of his 20-year association with that university and his contribution to mathematics in Romania.

Professor Anthony F Johnson, of the School of Chemistry and the Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Polymer Science and Technology, has received one of the senior honours of the Institute of Materials Ė the Swinburne Award. It acknowledges his work on the synthesis, characterisation and properties of tailored polymer structures and composites, as well as in reactive processing and in fostering links between industry and academia.

Professor Duncan Mara of the School of Civil Engineering has been awarded the Pergamon Publications Medal 2000, for the best paper presented at the International Water Associationís congress in Paris. Professor Mara is the first person to be awarded the medal twice, having previously won it in 1990.

The Royal Society of Chemistry has named Professor Mike Pilling as its John Jeyes Lecturer for the 2000-2001 session. His lecture addresses advances in chemistry towards a better environment. The award recognises his contributions to atmospheric chemistry, mechanistic modelling and science strategy.

Richard Smithells, emeritus professor of paediatrics, has been honoured by the Kennedy Foundation for his work on the role of folic acid in preventing neural tube defects like spina bifida. Professor Smithells shared the foundationís international award for scientific achievement with Professor Nicholas Wald of Barts Hospital and Dr Andrew Czeizel of the National Institute of Hygiene in Budapest, fellow pioneers in the study of folic acid.

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