King's announces the 2003 Fellows29 May 2003, PR 36/03 Two new Honorary Fellows and ten new Fellows of King’s College London have been elected.
The Fellowship of King’s College London (FKC) is the most prestigious award the College can bestow. The award of the Fellowship is governed by a statute of the College and reflects distinguished service to the College by a member of staff, conspicuous service to the College, or the achievement of distinction by those who were at one time closely associated with the College.
Mrs Lily Safra
Ms Sarah Bowler
Lord Carlile of Berriew
Professor John Greenspan
Professor Colin Gunton*
Mr Joseph May
Professor Richard Overy
Mr John Padovan
Baroness Rawlings of Burnham Westgate
Professor Luis De Sousa Rebelo
Professor Michael Yianneskis
* Sadly, before the votes were counted, Professor Gunton died.
New Fellows are traditionally presented at the College’s Graduation Ceremonies held in the Royal Festival Hall in July.
Biographical details for the Fellows follow.
Lady Maughan and her husband Sir Deryck are committed and generous benefactors to the College. Their support was displayed most recently in their gift to the Library at Chancery Lane. They also work with the College leadership to promote King’s in the United States. Sir Deryck graduated from King's in 1969.
Lady Maughan is an advocate for education and the arts. In addition to her support for King’s, she has endowed scholarships for students to attend Iolani School in Hawaii and Stanford University, where she serves on the Parents Advisory Board. She is also a member of the Advisory Council of the American Museum of Natural History, which is visited by more students than any other cultural institution in America. She is a member of the Special Events Committee of Carnegie Hall and Executive Vice President of the board of Young Audiences which is the leading provider of arts in education programs in the United States. Reflecting her international interests, Lady Maughan serves on the board of The American Friends of the Shanghai Museum.
Lady Maughan is also active in civic affairs. She is a board member of City Meals on Wheels, which serves the aged and infirm in New York City and of the Women’s OWN Council of NYU Medical Center. She is a former board member of Refugees International in Japan. She has a lifelong interest in politics and is an active supporter of the Democratic Party. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Women’s Leadership Forum of the Democratic National Committee.
Mrs Lily Safra
Mrs Lily Safra is a distinguished philanthropist, patron of the arts and advocate for the socially disadvantaged.
Mrs Safra shared her commitment to bettering the lives of others with her late husband, Mr Edmond J Safra, one of the twentieth century’s legendary bankers. Mrs Safra chairs the Edmond J. Safra Philanthropic Foundation which was established by Mr Safra to support projects related to education, science and medicine, religion, culture and humanitarian relief.
Mrs Safra is Honorary Chairman of the International Sephardic Education Foundation, an organization founded by her husband in 1977 to promote higher education for gifted Israeli youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds. To date, over 15,000 scholarships have been granted, including support for more than 1,000 MA and PhD candidates.
Mrs Safra is also a member of the Advisory Council of Harvard University’s Center for Ethics and the Professions.
Both personally and through the Foundation, Mrs Safra supports research into cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. Mrs Safra sits on the Board of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, and her awareness of the distress experienced by the families of those battling illnesses led her to support the construction of the Edmond J. Safra Family Lodge for patients and their families at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) near Washington, DC. She is a member of the Board of the Foundation for the NIH.
Mrs Safra is a member of the International Board of Governors of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, a member of the Board of New York’s Museum of Jewish Heritage, a member of the Chairman's Council of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and a trustee of the Somerset House Arts Fund.
Ms Sarah Bowler, OBE, BSc
Sarah Bowler gained distinction in 1996 as the first woman to become the Chief Executive of Relate, the national marital and couple counselling agency, previously known as the National Marriage Guidance Council. She was awarded the OBE in 1999 for services to Relate and the voluntary sector.
During her time in this post, she re-organised the structure of the organisation and promoted marital counselling during the passage of the Family Law Bill. This also involved developing and piloting two new services for people contemplating divorce – a meeting with a marriage counsellor, and information giving sessions. She worked for over 30 years for Relate, firstly part-time as a counsellor and tutor, and then full-time as a highly valued and experienced manager in the South and East Region and Director of Field Services. She liaised with the Ministry of Defence for Relate services for forces’ families in Germany and developed support services for them after the Falklands and Gulf wars.
From 1977 she spent six years as a member of Feltham Borstal Board of Visitors. On her retirement in 2000, she became the lay member of Fulham Primary Care Group and in 2001, Vice-chair of West London Mental Health Trust and Chair of the Clinical Governance Committee. She was a Member of Council of the University of Surrey, Roehampton from 2000-2002. She is currently the Chair of the Westminster Pastoral Foundation. The extent of her positive contribution to the lives of young people, couples and families in difficulty is immeasurable.
Sarah Bowler studied geography at King’s.
Lord Carlile of Berriew, QC, LLB, AKC
Lord Carlile graduated from the College with an LLB and the AKC. He pursued a legal career thereafter and was called to the Bar in 1970, became Queen’s Council in 1984 and a Bencher of Gray’s Inn in 1992. Since 1995 he has been the Honorary Recorder of the City of Hereford. Lord Carlile’s practice is focused upon serious crime including major fraud, local government and public law and personal injuries legislation. He has appeared in many leading criminal cases including Regina v Palmer and others, the largest timeshare fraud tried thus far. Recently he appeared for Paul Burrell, butler to the late Diana Princess of Wales.
Alongside his legal career Alexander Carlile as he was then, was also active in national politics. He contested the general elections in 1974 and 1979 before being elected the Liberal MP for Montgomery in 1983. He held the seat until 1988 and thereafter became the Liberal Democrat MP until 1997.
Lord Carlile continues to advise on matters relating to the process of legislation, and on parliamentary standards. He was the chairman of the Carlile Review appointed by the National Assembly of Wales to review child protection in the NHS. He was the chairman of the General Medical Council’s Committee to improve procedures in misconduct cases and in 2001 was appointed as the Independent Reviewer of terrorism legislation.
He is a trustee of several charities, including the Nuffield Trust, NACRO, and Rekindle (a mental health charity in Wales). He is chairman of NACRO’s Committee on Children and Crime. His interests in the arts include chairmanship of the Trustees of a contemporary art gallery in Wales, and board membership of Mid Wales Opera.
Professor John Greenspan ScD (hc), Georgetown, FACD, FAAAS, FDSRCS Eng, FRC Path, PhD, BDS, BSc
Professor Greenspan is one of the outstanding figures in international dental research. He has developed the Department of Stomatology at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) into the world’s premier department in the field. His ability to manage the interface between dental and medical research so effectively has been an example to others.
Professor Greenspan is Professor of Oral Biology and Oral Pathology and serves as the Leland A and Gladys K Barber Professor and Dean for Research of the School of Dentistry, UCSF. He was Chair of the Division of Oral Biology 1976-88 and Chair of the Department of Stomatology from 1988 until 2001. He is a Professor of Pathology in the School of Medicine and is former Chairman of both the UCSF Academic Senate and the UC Systemwide Health Sciences Committee. He is founder and Director of three pioneering components of UCSF’s world-renowned AIDS program: the Oral AIDS Centre, the Campus wide UCSF California AIDS Research Center and the UCSF AIDS Specimen Bank.
He was Chairman of the Dental Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1992-93, President of the American Association for Dental Research in 1988-89, President of the IADR Experimental Pathology Group in 1983-84, member of the Council on Dental Research of the American Dental Association 1987-90, and President of the International Association for Dental Research in 1996-97.
His research interests include the oral aspects of AIDS and the role of viruses in oral epithelial and salivary gland lesions. He is widely recognised as one of the leading investigators into oral mucosal diseases. He has published close to 300 papers and four books on oral aspects of AIDS, oral pathology, and immunopathology.
Professor Greenspan, a former student of the College, has been an Honorary Lecturer in the GKT Dental Institute since 1990 and is a PhD examiner for the Institute.
Professor Colin Gunton DD (London) Hon DD (Aberdeen), DPhil, MA
Professor Gunton joined King’s College London in 1969. Sadly he died on 6 May this year.
Professor Gunton was appointed Professor of Systematic Theology in 1984 and served as Head of the Department of Theology & Religious Studies from 1993-96. It is difficult to over-estimate the importance of his contribution to English Theology over the past 25 years. He has published a dozen ‘sole author’ books and edited and contributed to a further half dozen.
Throughout a period when it has been unfashionable to do so, he has remained committed to the responsibility of systematic theologians to inquire into and explicate within the contemporary context the doctrinal content of the Christian faith. He has held the line on this basic responsibility, not through some nostalgic retreat to the systems and methods of the past, but rather, in a profoundly constructive way, by bringing to bear upon the modern and post-modern cultural context the content of the Christian proclamation.
His books have been influential internationally. Perhaps his most important book is The One, the Three and the Many. God, Creation and the Culture of Modernity is a profound analysis of the paradoxes and contradictions of Modernity. This book is a majestical survey of the western intellectual tradition and a penetrating analysis of the modern condition.
Professor Gunton was about to complete his 33rd year of unstinting service and loyalty to the College. During that period few, if any, had made a greater contribution to Theology within King’s as an inspiring teacher and a scholar whose reputation internationally grew rapidly over the past two decades.
Mr Joseph May
Joe May has worked for King’s College London since 1979; he became Head Porter at the Strand campus in 1986 and is presently the Assistant Site Services Manager. In that time, he has become a well-known and much-loved personality on the Strand campus.
Joe is unfailingly committed to maintaining a happy and comfortable working environment for staff, students and visitors; and to ensuring an appropriate image of the College for the outside world. The Strand campus is the venue for many of the College’s most prestigious occasions, including visits by Royalty, Heads of State and leading politicians; cultural events and major launches. These corporate and external events succeed in large part because of Joe’s willingness to help and his attention to detail. His precise knowledge of the College gained over many years is invaluable, and he is well known and sought out by many Fellows and former members of staff. College Officers in particular appreciate his support and know that he can be relied upon to do all that is necessary to achieve success.
Joe’s commitment, can-do approach, unfailing politeness and calm, and above all his complete loyalty to King’s are real and tangible assets from which the College has benefited for many years.
Professor Richard Overy FBA, FRHS, PhD, MA
In his 23 years at King’s College London, Richard Overy has signally enhanced the College’s reputation as a centre for Modern History. His research is internationally famed and he is a scholar of outstanding quality and renown. He has also been an exceptionally successful teacher and his courses are heavily oversubscribed. He has played a key role in the historiography of the 20th century. His work on the Third Reich before and during the Second World War, on Russia under Stalin, and on the course of the War itself, has been acclaimed in Germany and in the USA as well as in this country.
He has written a number of critically acclaimed books. Russia’s War (1998), published in half a dozen countries, looked at the Soviet-German War of 1941-1945 from the Soviet side, and examined the impact on the Soviet Union of the legacy of war. Norman Stone, writing in The Spectator, called this ‘an authoritative account’. The Battle (2000), a brief, brilliant study of the Battle of Britain has been not only an academic landmark but a best-seller: it exposes the gap between popular memory of the battle and the archivally-established facts. This book has been hailed as ‘the best historical synthesis of this prime subject’. Interrogations: the Nazi elite in Allied hands, (2001), throws new light on the ‘missing’ period between the end of the Second World War and the Nuremberg trials, during which the Allies tried to define the whole issue of war crimes, grasp the nature of the Third Reich and decide whom to arraign. A reviewer in The Guardian spoke for many in declaring this book ‘truly brilliant, … an essential description of the humanity of evil’.
Richard Overy’s work, compulsively readable yet of the highest academic calibre, has changed both popular and scholarly perceptions of the 20th century. In keynote lectures he has promoted international understanding in practical and effective ways, demonstrating that humane learning can impact on politics and a wide public. He was awarded the Samual Eliot Morison Prize by the Society for Military History for a lifetime’s contribution to military history.
Mr John Padovan FCA, BCL, LLB
John Padovan graduated form King’s with a IIi in Laws. After taking his BCL at Oxford, he joined Price Waterhouse to train as a chartered accountant. He subsequently spent much of his career in merchant banking holding a variety of chairmanships, deputy chairmanships and directorships in companies as diverse as Mabey Holdings, Tesco, and Schroder Split Fund.
In addition to his distinguished business career, John Padovan has undertaken a number of charitable works. He is a long-standing supporter of the Salvation Army and has served on its Advisory Board for over 20 years. His support for education has included membership of the Councils of City & Guilds Art School (now Deputy Chairman), and Queen Mary and Westfield College (QMW). He is on the Court of the Drapers’ Company and was Master in 1999-2000. John Padovan is a supporter of the King’s College Annual Fund and, in 2000, joined the Library Appeal Board to help with the fund-raising for the new library in Chancery Lane. He has been an enthusiastic and successful member of the Board and has used his City connections to secure major gifts. He continues to work tirelessly for the College.
Baroness Rawlings Hon LittD (Buckingham), BA
Baroness Rawlings succeeded Sir James Spooner as Chairman of the King’s College London Council in 1998. Since then she has worked tirelessly on behalf of King’s and proved herself a great ambassador for the College both at home and abroad. In particular, she has worked closely with senior management and academic colleagues to lead the College’s Capital Campaign and to help secure support for a wide variety of projects across the College. She has also worked to raise awareness of the high quality of King’s outside the academic world.
Baroness Rawlings was a trained WNHR nurse and has been a long-standing and very active member of the British Red Cross Society (she was awarded the British Red Cross national Badge of Honour in 1987.) She came to higher education as a mature student, gaining a degree in English from UCL in 1979, then studied for a postgraduate diploma in international relations from the LSE in 1983.
Baroness Rawlings is an active member of the House of Lords, which she entered in 1994 and where she is currently Opposition Spokesman and Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development. From 1989 until 1994 she was Conservative Member of the European Parliament for Essex South West, and she still retains a very strong interest in European affairs, particularly Eastern Europe. In 1991 she was awarded the Order of the Rose, Silver Class, from Bulgaria, and in 1997 the Grand Official, Order of the Southern Cross from Brazil.
Under her chairmanship the College Council has defined and is now enacting a strategic plan which is designed to enhance the College’s position in the upper echelons of higher education.
Professor Luis De Sousa Rebelo PhD, MA
Professor Rebelo has worked as Leitor and then lecturer in the Department of Portuguese at King’s College London since 1956. At his retirement in 1987 he was appointed Emeritus Reader, since then he has continued to lecture and supervise at postgraduate level since, and has been a Visiting Professor since 1993.
Professor Luis de Sousa Rebelo has devoted over half a century to the cause of scholarship on Portuguese culture, both in his native Portugal and at King’s. Successive generations of students have benefited from his teaching and exceptional erudition, accessibility and inspiration are now legendary. It says much for his qualities as a teacher that, amongst other university teachers in a number of countries, the two current incumbents of Portuguese chairs in British universities (the Camoens Chair in London and the Dom João II Chair at Oxford) were both his students.
The honours already granted to Professor Rebelo attest to a prestigious public reputation in Portugal, where he was actively involved in significant cultural initiatives as early as the 1940s, but also to his contribution to furthering inter-cultural relations and understanding at home and abroad. This being primarily through three kinds of activity: bringing English-language writers to the knowledge of the Portuguese reading public, through editions and translations; writing prefaces, introductory studies and critical analyses of works by Portuguese authors (notably Nobel prize-winner José Saramago, but many other contemporary writers and 19th and 20th century classics, too); and a prolific output in literary dictionaries, encyclopaedias, conference proceedings and learned journal in Portugal and Britain, with particularly outstanding and innovative scholarship in the areas of Renaissance and pre-Renaissance Portuguese culture, Humanism and the Classical tradition.
He has contributed enormously to the study and understanding of Portuguese culture in Portugal and the United Kingdom.
Professor Michael Yianneskis FIMechE, FRSA, FIChemE, CEng, PhD, DIC, MSc
Professor Yianneskis has been a member of staff at King’s College London since 1985 and Head of the Division of Engineering since 1996. He was also Vice-Chair of the College’s Research Strategy Committee between 1994 and 1996, and chaired the Physical Sciences & Engineering Research Committee between 1992 and 1994.
Professor Yianneskis is an international leader in fluid mechanics. His research has been wide-ranging and multi-disciplinary, covering areas of fluid mechanics from internal combustion engines to fundamental studies of turbulence and instabilities of turbulent flows and to the flow processes in pharmaceutical inhalers. He has served as an assessor for the EU, EPSRC, MRC, Netherlands Science Research Council (FOM), Italian Ministry of Research, National Science Foundation (US) and the Greek Ministry of Education. He is regularly consulted by the chemical, automotive and pharmaceutical industries. He has published more than 150 papers in internationally-renowned journals, conference and books and has given over 50 invited lectures and keynote speeches in Europe, the US and elsewhere.
Professor Yianneskis has built up a world-class research group and under his leadership, Mechanical Engineering at King’s has grown from a small centre to a fully-fledged, top-rated Department. Over the last few years, he has been instrumental in the establishment of the Division of Engineering, playing a crucial role in the restructuring of Electronic Engineering. For many years he represented the School on the College Research Committee and he has been a member of numerous working groups and reviews. He is also a conscientious and popular teacher.Notes to editors King's College London
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