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Awards and Appointments - November 2001

Peter Knight
Peter Knight, head of the department of physics, is the first non-American to be elected vice-president of the Optical Society of America (OSA).

Currently a director at large of the OSA, he will serve as vice-president next year, president elect in 2003 and president in 2004. Peter, who became head of department in August, has published more than 350 papers on theoretical quantum optics and quantum information and was previously head of the quantum optics and laser science group.

Professor Lord Winston, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, has been appointed Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University.

Sir Paul Nurse, director general of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund and and IC honorary graduate, has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for 2001, jointly with Professor Tim Hunt, Institute of Cancer Research, and Dr Leland Hartwell, a US expert.

Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, principal of the faculty of medicine, has been appointed to the Board of Chelsea and Westminster Healthcare.

Professor Jonathan Weber has been appointed to the St Marys NHS Trust Board as the faculty of medicine representative.

Professor John Squire, head of biological structure and function, department of bioengineering, has been awarded the Fellowship of the Institute of Biology.

Dr Alison Vine, postdoctoral scientist in the department of immunology, faculty of medicine, has been awarded a Young Investigator Award for her presentation on DNA microarrays at the 10th International Conference on Human Retrovirology: HTLV and related viruses, held at Trinity College, Dublin.

Joseph Parker won the Unilever Award for the best Biology Student 2001 last month in the Science, Engineering & Technology Student of the Year Awards, organised by the World Leadership Forum and sponsored by some dozen plus commercial companies. Joseph graduated in June with the top first in the department.

Raanan Gillon, emeritus professor of medical ethics, was awarded the 2001 Trondheim Millennium Prize of the Faculty of Medicine of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Professor John Caldwell has just been reappointed to the Committee on Safety of Medicines for another three year term, until 31 Dec 2004. In addition he was recently awarded Honorary Life Membership of the International Society for the Study of Xenobiotics. For this year and next, he is Chairman of the Permananent International Scientific Committee of the International Symposia on Chiral Discrimination.

Dr Tariq Ali, research director of the environment office has been appointed Technical Secretary of a review of energy research, development and demonstration activities, launched by Professor David King, the governments Chief Scientific Adviser, last week. The expert group will help identify key issues and reach conclusions.

David Thompson, head of management audit and review, has been re-elected for a fourth term of office as Chairman, at the annual conference of the Council of Higher Education Internal Auditors.

Professor Brian Henderson-Sellers has been awarded a DSc for work in the field of object-oriented methodology by the University of London. He obtained a BSc in Mathematics from Imperial in 1972.

*** © Imperial College 2001. This article originally appeared in IC Reporter, the staff newspaper of Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine. Please contact the editor Tanya Reed (Email:, Telephone: +44 20 7594 6697) for permission to re-use any or all parts of this article.***