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Ecologist Mike Hassell honoured in Queen's Birthday Honours 2002

Principal of the Faculty of Life Sciences, Professor Mike Hassell, has been appointed CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list announced Saturday 15 June.

Professor Hassell, who has worked at Imperial since 1970 was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his services to Population Ecology.

Professor Michael Hassell
Professor Michael Hassell
"I'm obviously delighted to have received the award," said Professor Hassell, 59.

"Having devoted my work interests to developing ecology in the College it is very encouraging to be recognised in this way."

Professor Hassell has been director of Silwood Park, home to Imperial's ecological and evolutionary biology researchers, for over 14 years.

His own research interests are in the population ecology of animals, particularly of insects. Using both mathematical modelling and field and laboratory work to examine population processes, he focuses on the dynamics of insect populations and he has a particular interest in the study of insect host-parasitoid interactions.

Professor Hassell gained his PhD from Oxford University in 1967, and subsequently worked as a research fellow at the University of California, Berkeley and Oxford University.

Silwood Park, Berkshire
Silwood Park, Berkshire
Arriving at Imperial in 1970 as a Lecturer, he was promoted to Reader in 1975 and made Professor of Insect Ecology in 1979. He became Director of the Imperial College campus at Silwood Park in 1988 and Head of the Department of Biology in 1993. In 2001 he was appointed the first Principal of the Faculty of Life Sciences.

Professor Hassell was elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society in 1987, and served on its council between 1994-1996. He is currently a Trustee of the Natural History Museum, London.