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King's honorary doctorates 2015

Posted on 28/10/2015
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From left to right: The new King’s honorary doctors on 27 October 2015: Professor Linda H Aiken, the Chairman of Council the Duke of Wellington, Dr Andrew Mackenzie, President & Principal Professor Edward Byrne, and Professor Maria Fidela de Lima Navarro

King’s College London has announced details of five distinguished recipients to be awarded honorary doctorates in the academic year 2015-16.

Those receiving their doctorates at the King’s Honorary Degree Ceremony on 27 October at King’s Strand Campus, from the Chairman of Council, the Duke of Wellington, and the President& Principal of King’s, Professor Edward Byrne AC, were Professor Linda H Aiken; Dr Andrew Mackenzie FRS, and Professor Maria Fidela de Lima Navarro.

Professor Linda H Aiken FAAN FRCN is a global leader in nursing and health services and policy research, and one of the most high-profile policy thought leaders and prolific nurses in the world. She received the Institute of Medicine’s Lienhard Award – the Institute’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize – for the cumulative impact of her research on improving personal health services in the US and abroad. She is the Claire M Fagin Professor of Nursing, Professor of Sociology, Director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, and Senior Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania.

Before the ceremony, Professor Aiken took part in a question and answer session at King’s, where staff and students heard her thoughts and insights on nursing, policy care and patient outcomes.

Dr Andrew Mackenzie FRS is the Chief Executive Officer of the world’s largest mining company, BHP Billiton: pre-eminent as an earth scientist in the commercial world, he has risen to the highest levels of global business leadership through an unusual combination of commercial acumen, principled leadership and a continued fascination with science. He has been Chair of the Trustees of the UK think tank Demos and is a Director of the Australian independent think tank, the Grattan Institute.

Professor Maria Fidela de Lima Navarro, an academic dentist of international distinction and recent President of the International Association for Dental Research, has transformed dental education in Brazil. She was Secretary-General of the University of São Paulo from 2006 to 2010. As the representative for dentistry in CNPq (the Brazilian Council for Scientific and Technological Development) and in CAPES (the Brazilian Federal Agency for the Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education), she has stimulated the development of all areas of knowledge throughout Brazil and promoted leadership participation internationally.

Professor Roger Tsien will receive his honorary doctorate on 9 November 2015 at the Guy’s Campus of King’s, London Bridge, when he will give a lecture entitled ‘Molecules Against Cancer or for Long-Term Memory Storage’. He is Professor of Pharmacology, and of Chemistry and Biochemistry, at the University of California, San Diego, where he is also a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. In 2008 he was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, for the discovery and development of green fluorescent protein as a means of tracking when and where genes are activated or proteins are expressed.

Professor Stefan Hell will receive his honorary doctorate on 6 April 2016 when he visits King’s to deliver a lecture in the 2016 Rosalind Franklin series. Professor Hell is a director of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, where he leads the Department of NanoBiophotonics. He was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2014 for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy.

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