Patrick DowlingAlthough he left Imperial in 1994 to take the post of Vice Chancellor at the University of Surrey, Professor Dowling has always retained an association with his alma mater, where he continues to hold the post of Visiting Professor.

He was elected to the Fellowship of Imperial College in 1997, was awarded a CBE in 2001 for services to Industry and Higher Education, and has served until recently as the Chairman of the British Science Association.