EPSRC Director Lesley Thompson among New Year's honoured

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A portrait of Lesley Thompson

Dr Lesley Thompson, EPSRC’s former Director of Research, was among several senior figures in the science and engineering community recognised in the New Year’s honours list.

Dr Thompson served EPSRC and its earlier incarnations for over 20 years and has been made a MBE. She became an EPSRC Director in December 2006. Prior to this she held a number of roles since joining the Research Councils in 1989.

Lesley was recently appointed as Elsevier’s Director of Academic and Government Strategic Alliances, UK.

Professor Philip Nelson, EPSRC’s Chief Executive, said: "Dr Lesley Thompson, through her dedicated and highly active service to EPSRC over many years, provides an outstanding role model for Research Council staff. It is immensely gratifying to see one of the Research Council’s most distinguished contributors honoured in this way".

In addition to the honours recipients, this year sees 3 new admissions to the Order of Merit.

The Order of Merit is awarded to those who have rendered exceptionally meritorious services towards the advancement of the arts, learning, literature and science. The award is in the personal gift of the Queen, and is limited to 24 living recipients.

The Queen has admitted Professor The Lord Darzi, for medicine, Professor Dame Ann Dowling for mechanical engineering and Sir James Dyson for his work in industrial design.

Other awarded honours were:

KBE: Professor Paul James Curran
Vice-Chancellor, City University London
For services to Higher Education

KBE: Prof David John Cameron MacKay
Regius professor of engineering, Cambridge University engineering department
For services to scientific advice in government and science outreach. (Cambridgeshire)

Companion of the Order of the Bath: Professor Nicholas Robert Jennings
Chief Scientific Adviser for National Security and Regius Professor of Computer Science, University of Southampton
For services to Computer Science. (Bishops Waltham, Hampshire)

CBE: Prof David Michael Lane
Professor of autonomous systems engineering, Heriot Watt University and founding director, Edinburgh Centre for Robotics
For services to engineering. (Edinburgh)

CBE: Professor Paul O’Brien, FRS
Professor of Inorganic, Materials Chemistry, University of Manchester
For services to Science and Engineering. (Wilmslow, Cheshire)

Visit GOV.UK for a full list of the New Year’s Honours.

For further information please contact the EPSRC Press Office (01793 444 404).

Reference: PN 01-16