26 July 2012
Five members of Imperial have been recognised in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours. The awards include academic and support staff, honouring their service to higher education, research and medicine.
Adjunct Professor Tom Hughes-Hallett, the new Executive Chair of the Institute of Global Health Innovation, received a knighthood for his services to palliative care.
Two members of the National Heart and Lung Institute were also honoured: Professor Margaret Hodson has been awarded an OBE for her services to respiratory medicine, while Professor Duncan Geddes received a CBE for his services to medical research, charity and education. Professor Geddes said:
“One of the most fortunate parts of an academic medical career is the space to be an all-rounder and to combine clinical care with research, teaching and charitable work. I have not excelled in any single one of these but have been ably helped by colleagues in all three. CBE therefore stands for ‘Colleagues at Brompton Earned it’.”
Mr David Nott, an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer in the Department of Surgery and Cancer who is also a Wing Commander in the Royal Auxiliary Air Force, receives an OBE in the military honours for his medical work in war regions. Mr Nott said:
“It is such an honour to receive an OBE for something that I am passionate about. Going to Buckingham Palace and being handed the Order is going to be an amazing experience and I am still in a daze.”
Former College Secretary Dr Rodney Eastwood has been made an MBE for his services to education. Dr Eastwood worked at Imperial for 25 years, until his retirement in April this year. He said:
“I am very grateful to those at the College who put me forward, and look forward to hearing of other administrative, as well as academic, members of staff receiving awards in the future.”
— John-Paul Jones, Communications and Development