Nelson honoured in New Year's list

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Professor Philip Nelson

Professor Philip Nelson, Chief Executive of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has been honoured in the New Year's list. Philip is to become a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in recognition of his services to UK Engineering and Science.

Philip is also Chair of the Research Councils' Group of Chief Executives.

EPSRC's Chairman Paul Golby said: This is a thoroughly deserved award. Philip has done a fantastic job as EPSRC's CEO and steered the organisation through a period of change and uncertainty with a calm, decisive and collegiate approach. Acting as the Chair for the Research Councils' CEO group, he has been able to articulate the need for maintaining the country's investment in research to build our skills and secure our capacity. On behalf of the board and staff I wish to congratulate him.

Philip Nelson said: I consider myself incredibly lucky to have worked in UK engineering and science, and feel greatly honoured to have my contributions recognised in this way. I have also had the good fortune, and very real pleasure, to have worked with so many wonderful colleagues in EPSRC, at the University of Southampton, and across the wider UK research community.

Mark Spearing, Vice-President (Research and Enterprise) at the University of Southampton said: All at the University of Southampton are delighted that Professor Nelson's contributions have been recognised with the award of a CBE which is richly deserved. After studying as a student at the University, Professor Nelson returned to the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research initially as a lecturer, subsequently becoming its director and then Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise) for the University. He is highly respected and admired as a leader and a colleague.

The New Year's list also featured other scientists and engineers. Commanders of the Order of the British Empire were awarded to:

  • Professor Martyn Davies, Professor of Biomedical Surface Chemistry, at the University of Nottingham for services to Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
  • Professor Michele Dougherty, Professor of Space Physics, Imperial College London. For services to UK Physical Science Research.
  • Professor Karen Holford, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Cardiff University (and adviser to EPSRC's Strategic Advisory Network). For services to Engineering and the Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering.
  • Professor Andrew Morris, FRSE Chief Scientist (Health), Scottish Government and Vice-Principal (Data Science), University of Edinburgh. For services to Science in Scotland.

Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire was awarded to:

  • Professor Pratibha Laxman Gai, Professor and Chair of Electron Microscopy, University of York. For services to Chemical Sciences and Technology.

Officers of the Order of the British Empire went to:

  • Dr Brian Bowsher, Chief Executive, Science and Technology Facilities Council. For services to International and National Metrology.
  • Professor Margaret Frame, Professor of Cancer Research and Science Director, Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre. For services to Cancer Research.

Members of the Order of the British Empire went to:

  • Professor Mark Miodownik, Professor of Materials Science, University College London. For services to Science, Engineering and Broadcasting.
  • Professor Matthew Harrison, Trustee, STEMNET. For services to Engineering and Education.

A full list of those honoured is available at the GOV.UK website.

Reference: PN 01-18

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