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Imperial College London bestows its highest honours in Commemoration Day ceremony


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Wednesday 26 October 2005

Distinguished figures from the worlds of science, engineering and medicine have been admitted to the Fellowship of Imperial College London today during the annual Commemoration Day ceremony in the Royal Albert Hall.

Graduands celebrate their success at Imperial's Commemoration Day ceremony

The newly elected Fellows are:

* Dr Amit Chatterjee, Chief Technology Officer of Tata Steel, India, who completed his PhD in metallurgy at Imperial in 1970. He is credited with developing the first Indian coal-based direct reduction technology, work which was recognised with the award of his DSc (Eng) by the University of London in 1988.

* Dr Susan Ion, British Nuclear Fuel Limited's Executive Director of Technology, who graduated from Imperial with first class honours in metallurgy in 1976 and went on to complete her PhD in the same subject in 1979. She is the UK's representative on the International Atomic Energy Agency Standing Advisory Group on Nuclear Energy and was awarded the OBE in 2002 for services to the nuclear industry.

*Professor Melvyn Myers, a leading expert in medical imaging who pioneered the application of physics to medical problems. Professor Myers obtained his degree in physics at Imperial in 1961 and went on to work at Hammersmith Hospital, now part of Imperial, as an MRC Fellow. He continues to work with Imperial as a visiting professor to train the next generation of nuclear medical scientists.

* Air Marshal Sir Colin Terry, a renowned aeronautical engineer who spent 30 years in the Royal Air Force after graduating from Imperial in 1965 with a BSc in aeronautics. He became Air Marshal in 1997, and as Head of Logistics and then Chief Engineer was responsible for 15,000 personnel and 30 aircraft types. He is currently President of the Council of the Royal Aeronautical Society, Chairman of the Engineering Council and a member of the Advisory Committee for the Queens Award for Enterprise.

The new Fellows were announced in front of an audience of 1,500 graduands and their families and friends, there to celebrate Imperial's undergraduate degree ceremony. Congratulating them, Sir Richard Sykes, Rector of Imperial, said:

"Imperial is in the business of forming future leaders for the world& I have no doubt that in the future, governments and nations and peoples will have a better quality of living in no small part because of contributions from Imperial graduates, you among them."

For further information contact:

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

Notes to editors:

About the new Fellows

Fellows 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.

Dr Amit Chatterjee, DSc (Eng), PhD, BSc, CEng, FIM, Fellow IIM, FNAE

Dr Amit Chatterjee is currently the Chief Technology Officer of Tata Steel, India, where he has worked since 1972.

Dr Chatterjee completed his PhD in metallurgy from Imperial College London in 1970, contributing to the seminal development of Metallurgical Thermodynamics. He has spent a significant portion of his career since then in Tata Steel's Research and Development division, and is credited for developing the first Indian coal-based direct reduction technology. He was the founder Managing Director of Tata Sponge Iron, a plant based on the pioneering work undertaken during his tenure in the Research and Development division.

In recognition of his outstanding work on coal-based direct reduction, and oxygen steel making, he was awarded Doctor of Science (Eng) degree by the University of London in 1988.

Dr Susan E. Ion, OBE, FREng, FIMMM, FINucE

Since 1992, Dr Susan Ion is BNFL's Executive Director of Technology, where she is responsible for over 1000 staff, based at four UK sites, and an annual budget of £150m. She has additionally held a number of non-executive directorships associated with technology based businesses and consultancies.

Dr Ion graduated from Imperial with first class honours in metallurgy in 1976, and gained her PhD in metallurgy in 1979. She was awarded the Hinton Medal for excellence in nuclear engineering in 1993, elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1996 and awarded the OBE for services to the nuclear industry in 2002.

With an extensive knowledge of the nuclear fuel cycle, Dr Ion acts as the UK representative on the International Atomic Energy Agency Standing Advisory Group on Nuclear Energy. She is also one of the 16 members of the Council of Science and Technology, which advises the Prime Minister on issues of strategic importance in science, engineering and technology, and works to develop these areas in the UK and abroad. The Council is the country's top independent advisory body on science issues for government.

Dr Ion is strong supporter of women in science, and has personally made significant contributions to the scientific, commercial and educational life of the UK. She has consistently supported Imperial, and in 2004 presented the Annual Athena lecture.

Dr Melvyn Myers BSc, ARCS, PhD

Dr Melvyn Myers' links with Imperial College London began when he obtained his first degree in Physics in 1961. He went on to work at Hammersmith Hospital (now part of Imperial) as an MRC Fellow. After completing his PhD at the University of Aberdeen, he rejoined Hammersmith in 1974, where he has been working ever since.

Dr Myers has consistently contributed to medical diagnosis for patient benefit, and his dedication to this field remains arguably unmatched by anyone else at Imperial. Dr Myers' particular insistence on developing rigorous, quantitative approaches has led to diagnostic techniques which are still routinely used in medicine all over the world. Principally he pioneered the power of applying physics to medical problems in a clinical environment, built and developed the first gamma camera outside the USA and constructed the first digital clinical imaging system in the world.

In the last 10 years Dr Myers has dedicated his activities to the NHS and trained the next generation of nuclear medical scientists. His tireless work has established rigorous and quantitative standards in clinical diagnostic practice and radionuclide safety regimes.

Air Marshal Sir Colin Terry, KBE, OBE, CB, FREng, FRAeS

Sir Colin Terry graduated from Imperial College London in 1965 with a BSc in Aeronautical Engineering. He went on to lead a 30 year distinguished career in the RAF. He became an Air Marshal in 1997 and as Head of Logistics and then Chief Engineer (RAF) he was responsible for 15,000 personnel, 30 aircraft types and a budget of £1.7bn. Upon leaving the RAF he was appointed Group Managing Director of Inflite Engineering Services Ltd a prime supplier for the aerospace industry. He currently runs his own consultancy and sits on the board of Meggitt PLC.

In May 2005 Sir Colin became President of the Council of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and he is Chairman of the Engineering Council. He is a Member of the Advisory Committee for the Queens Awards for Enterprise and is a Freeman of the City of London.

Sir Colin retains close links with Imperial College London and was appointed President of the City and Guilds Association in 2003. Sir Colin continues to support the promotion of engineering in the wider community.

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