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2003 Fellows of Imperial College London announced


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28 October 2003

The names of this years distinguished scientists, engineers and clinicians to be elected to the Fellowship of Imperial College London are announced today. They will be formally admitted to the Fellowship by the Chairman of the Court and Council, Lord Vincent of Coleshill, at the Commemoration Day Ceremony on Wednesday 29 October 2003 in the Royal Albert Hall.

Fellows of Imperial College are recognised by the Council as 'persons of distinction and persons who have rendered significant services to the College or to the community.' They are permitted to use the letters FIC after their name.

* Professor Gordon Conway FIBiol, President of the Rockefeller Foundation, an organisation committed to sustaining the lives and livelihoods of excluded people throughout the world. Professor Conway was Professor of Environmental Technology at Imperial from 1980 to 1988, and has been Visiting Professor since 1989. He was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sussex from 1992 to 1998.

* Sir Colin Dollery FRCP, FMedSci, Senior Consultant at GlaxoSmithKline Research and Development. As Dean of the Royal Postgraduate Medical School (RPMS) at Hammersmith Hospital, a position he held until 1996, Sir Colin initiated the negotiations that led to merger with Imperial College School of Medicine. He is a former President of the International Union of Pharmacology.

* Professor Christopher Edwards FRCP, FRCPE, FMedSci, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Newcastle. Professor Edwards was the first Principal of Imperial College School of Medicine, from 1995 to 2001, and was responsible for successfully merging the medical schools of St Mary's, Charing Cross and Westminster, Hammersmith and the Royal Brompton to form Imperial's School of Medicine in 1997.

* Professor William Wakeham FREng, FInstP, FIChemE, FIEE, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton since 2001. Professor Wakeham worked at Imperial from 1971 until 2001, beginning his career in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemical Technology, and becoming head of the department in 1988. Between 1996 and 2001 he served as Pro Rector (Research), Pro Rector (Resources) and Deputy Rector of Imperial.

In addition, the following have been recognised as honorary graduates. They may use the letters Hon DSc after their name.

* Professor Colin Caro FRCP, Emeritus Professor of Physiological Mechanics at Imperial. Professor Caro was Director of the Physiological Flow Studies Unit at Imperial until 1989. His work has been of great importance and influence to the physiological flow research community worldwide, and to engineering.

* Professor Charles Rees CBE, FRS, FRSC, Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at Imperial. Professor Rees joined Imperial in 1978 and his research ranges widely across the areas of mechanistic and synthetic organic chemistry.

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For further information contact:

Abigail Smith
Imperial College London Press Office
Tel: 020 7594 6701
Email: abigail.smith@imperial.ac.uk

Notes to editors:

1. Full biographical details:

Newly-elected Fellows

Professor Gordon Richard Conway FIBiol
Professor Conway worked at Imperial College London as a Research Fellow and lecturer in the Department of Zoology and Applied Entomology between 1970-1976. He was a reader in Environmental Technology at Imperial College between 1976-1980 and Professor of Environmental Technology from 1980 to 1988. He has been Visiting Professor since 1989. He became Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sussex in 1992. In 1998 he became President of the Rockefeller Foundation, a foundation with a commitment to enrich and sustain the lives and livelihoods of excluded people throughout the world. He has spent more than 30 years in places like Borneo, India and Thailand developing ecologically sound farming. He spearheaded sustainable agriculture, a set of practices for controlling pests and boosting yields without heavy reliance on chemicals.

Sir Colin Dollery, BSc, MB, ChB, FRCP, FMedSci
Sir Colin spent by far the greater part of his working life at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School (RPMS) at Hammersmith Hospital and was appointed the first professor of Clinical Pharmocolgy at the RPMS in 1965. Sir Colin was then appointed Professor and Chairman of Medicine at the RPMS in 1987, a position he held until he became Dean. He occupied this position until 1996 and during this time he initiated the negotiations which took the RPMS into Imperial College School of Medicine. As recognition for his contributions to clinical pharmacology he was elected President of the International Union of Pharmacology. His vital work continues within Glaxo SmithKline, where he has proved to be influential on the global scene.

Professor Christopher Richard Watkin Edwards M.D, FRCP, FRCPE, FMedSci
Professor Edwards is now Vice-Chancellor of the University of Newcastle but was previously Principal of Imperial College School of Medicine from 1995 to 2001. He was responsible for successfully merging the medical schools at St Marys, Charing Cross and Westminster, Hammersmith and the Royal Brompton to form Imperial College School of Medicine. He steered the School of Medicine through its initial difficulties and the current success of the Faculty is in no small part due to his initial establishment and direction of the School.

Professor William Arnot Wakeham BSc, PhD, DSc, FREng, FInstP. FIChemE, FIEE
Professor Wakeham worked at Imperial College London from 1971 until 2001. He began his career here in 1971 as a Lecturer in Transport Processes within the Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemical Technology. In 1979, he became Reader in Chemical Physics of Fluids before becoming Professor of Chemical Physics in 1985. In 1983 he became Director of the Thermophysical Properties Data Centre, whilst also working as Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemical Technology 1988-1996. Between 1996 and 2001 he was Pro Rector (Research), Pro Rector (Resources) and Deputy Rector of Imperial College London. He is now Vice-Chancellor of the University of Southampton.

Honorary Graduates

Professor Colin Gerald Caro BSc Hons, MB, BCh, MRCP, MD , FRCP
Professor Caro was Director of the Physiological Flow Studies Unit at Imperial College London from 1966-1989. Since 1991 he has been Emeritus Professor of Physiological Mechanics in the Department of Bioengineering. He was instrumental in bringing about an alliance between applied mathematicians and engineers to tackle problems where there was mutual interest with workers in physiology and medicine. His work has been of great importance and influence to the physiological flow research community worldwide, and to engineering.

Professor Charles Wayne Rees CBE, FRS, FRSC
Professor Rees has been a stalwart member of the Department of Chemistry at Imperial College London since 1978 and has continued his work as an Emeritus Professor at Imperial College since his retirement in 1993. His research has ranged widely over mechanistic and synthetic organic chemistry. A distinguished organic chemist and consultant, he has lectured internationally and has worked with some of the UKs most successful pharmaceutical and chemical companies.

2. A full list of living Fellows of Imperial College London can be found at: www.imperial.ac.uk/P602.htm

3. A list of Imperial College London Honorary Graduates can be found at: www.imperial.ac.uk/P483.htm

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