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Queen's Birthday Honours 2015

Posted on 16/06/2015

A number of academics and alumni from King's have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List this year. 

Dr Oliver Johnson, Programme Director of the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership, has received an OBE for his services in the fight against Ebola. Dr Johnson has been leading a small team of clinicians and support staff in West Africa since January 2013. The team, made up in large part by volunteers, was originally in Sierra Leone to help build and strengthen the local health system but has played a vital role in responding to Ebola since the virus first reached the country in May 2014. Will Pooley, a nurse who worked with the team for a period, has also received an MBE.

Professor Linda Newson, Emeritus Professor of Geography has received an OBE for her services to Latin American studies. Professor Newson’s research has focused on the demographic change in Latin America and the Philippines during the Spanish colonial period, the impact of colonial rule on indigenous societies, the Portuguese slave trade to Spanish America as well as the history of medicine in early colonial Spanish America.  A former Head of Geography, Professor Newson was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 2000 and currently sits on its International Policy Committee and became a fellow of King’s in 2001.

Professor Susan Standring, Emeritus Professor of Anatomy at King’s, has been awarded a MBE for services to anatomical education, having spent many decades teaching anatomy to medical and dental students. Professor Standring’s research at King’s explored injury and repair in the peripheral nervous system and she was elected President of the Peripheral Nerve Society in 2001 in recognition of her work. Formerly Head of Anatomy at King’s and now Visiting Professor, Professor Standring is Editor of Gray's Anatomy and also teaches at the Royal College of Surgeons. 

King’s alumni featured in the list include Christina Rees, who completed a Master’s degree in women and religion at King's and has received a CBE in recognition of her services to the Church of England and involvement in the campaign for women bishops.

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