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Issue 475, 21 January 2002

A dame, a knight and a gold medal winner honoured at Leeds

An Oscar winning actress, a distinguished diplomat, a gold medal athlete and a Nobel prize-winner will receive honorary degrees from the University next year. Chancellor Lord Melvyn Bragg will make the awards to Dame Judi Dench, Sir Roderic Lyne, Fiona May and Sir Paul Nurse at a special ceremony on Wednesday 17 July 2002.


Born in York in 1934, the internationally acclaimed actress Dame Judi Dench has won a wealth of awards for her work on film and stage.



One of the most distinguished graduates of the school of history since the Second World War, Sir Roderic Lyne is now the British Ambassador to Russia. First posted to Russia under Brezhnev in 1972, he returned there in 1987 during the hectic years of perestroika.



Long-jump athlete Fiona May is also a University graduate, gaining her degree in economics, business and administration in 1992 from Trinity and All Saints, while continuing her career as an established international athlete. She now competes for Italy, winning gold in the 1995 and 2001 world athletics, and silver in the 1996 and 2000 Olympics.



Director-General of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund Sir Paul Nurse was awarded the 2001 Nobel prize for his discovery of the mechanism controlling cell division in most living organisms. He will be the third Nobel prize-winner in four years to receive an honorary degree from Leeds.



See the press release on the 2002 honorary graduates for more information.

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