Oxford Martin School academics recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

14 June 2021

Three Oxford Martin School academics have been included in the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, in recognition of their research and contributions to tackling the COVID-19 pandemic.

Director of the Oxford Vaccine Group, and Senior Fellow on the Oxford Martin Programme on Collective Responsibility for Infectious Disease, Professor Andrew Pollard is appointed Knight Bachelor for services to Public Health, particularly during the COVID-19 Pandemic. He led the global clinical trials of the Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine.

Professor Pollard said, "I am absolutely delighted and uplifted to receive this honour, standing in awe of our amazing international team of talented vaccine researchers and filled with admiration for the dedicated trial volunteers. Together we have built a coronavirus vaccine for the world providing a protective shield fit for a band of knights,”

Oxford Martin Senior Alumni Fellows Professor Sarah Gilbert and Professor Adrian Hill, Principal Investigator and Co-Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Vaccines, which was part of the School from 2010-2015, have also been honoured.

Saïd Professor of Vaccinology Professor Sarah Gilbert, Oxford Project Leader for the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, is appointed DBE for services to Science and Public Health.

Director of the Jenner Institute and Lakshmi Mittal and Family Professor of Vaccinology, Professor Adrian Hill, a key member of the team that designed and developed the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, is appointed Honorary KBE (he is an Irish national) for services to Science and Public Health.

Professor Sir Charles Godfray, Director of the Oxford Martin School, extended his best wishes to the honours recipients saying, “It is wonderful to see the extraordinary work of the Oxford vaccine group, extending over many years but of particular importance this year, recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours; very many congratulations to them all.”