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BBSRC supported scientists are among those recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list 2016

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Among those honoured is Professor Caroline Dean FRS, Project Leader, Cell and Developmental Biology at the BBSRC strategically funded John Innes Centre. Professor Dean becomes a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to Plant Science Research and Women in Science.

Professor Anna Dominiczak, Vice-Principal and head of the College of Medicine, Veterinary and Life Sciences at the University of Glasgow who has links with both BBSRC and MRC also becomes a Dame.

Professor Doug Turnbull, Professor of Neurology at Newcastle University was knighted for services to Health Care Research and Treatment particularly Mitochondrial Disease. Professor Turnbull, based at Newcastle University is the doctor behind a ground-breaking IVF technique which prevents disabling genetic disorders from being passed on to future generations and has strong links with both BBSRC and MRC.

Former Chair of Research Councils UK and Chief Executive of the Natural Environment Research Council, Professor Alan John Thorpe, received an OBE for services to Environmental Science and Research. Professor Thorpe is also formerly director-general, European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts.

Dr Vanessa Linda Mayatt – awarded the OBE for services to Public Health and Animal Health. Dr Mayatt is a current Trustee Board member of The Pirbright Institute.

The Queen's Birthday Honours recognise individuals for their service to the United Kingdom and contains a number of members of the scientific and research community, reflecting the importance of discovery and innovation to the UK.

British honours are awarded on merit, for exceptional achievement or service and are published twice a year – at New Year, and in mid-June on the date of the Queen's official birthday.

This year’s birthday honours list is the most diverse list to date with 1,149 people honoured:

  • 70% for outstanding working in their communities
  • 47% are women
  • 8% are from black or minority ethnic backgrounds
  • 5% are disabled

(Source: Cabinet Office)

The full list can be viewed here: (PDF)



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