Oxford Martin School academics recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

08 June 2018


The work of a number of Oxford Martin researchers has been recognised in The Queen's Birthday Honours List, it was announced today.

Professor Angela McLean, FRS, Professor of Mathematical Biology at the University of Oxford, is appointed DBE for services to mathematical biology and to scientific advice for government.

She said: "I am delighted to receive this honour and to see the two topics of mathematical biology and the use of science in government recognised in this way."

Professor McLean is Co-Director of two Oxford Martin programmes; Collective Responsibility for Infectious Disease and Pandemic Genomics.

Professor Sarah Harper, Director of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing at the University of Oxford, is appointed CBE for services to the science of demography.

She said: "I am honoured that the work on population ageing which I and colleagues have undertaken here at Oxford over the last 20 years has received such recognition, and it is immensely rewarding to have our research and the impact it is able to have on policy and practice thus recognised."

Professor Kathy Willis, Professor of Biodiversity at the University of Oxford, is appointed CBE for services to biodiversity and conservation.

"It is a huge surprise to be recognised in this way and I feel honoured and privileged - in particular for doing something I feel so passionately about" said Professor Willis.

"However, it is not just a recognition of my own achievements but of the many scientists and colleagues I have been lucky enough to work with at Oxford and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew."

In addition, Professor Steve Cowley, is knighted for services to science and to the development of nuclear fusion. Professor Cowley was Acting Director of the Oxford Martin School from mid- 2017 to early 2018.

He said: "I am personally delighted and humbled. I have been privileged to work with many extraordinary people in fusion research. This honour reflects the huge importance of our collective work developing new, clean forms of energy production."

The Director of the Oxford Martin School, Professor Sir Charles Godfray said:

“This is tremendous news; all the people recognised are exceptionally talented researchers who are also very active in the public sphere. We are very lucky to have them involved with the School and our congratulations to them all”.