Cambridge academics listed in Queen’s Birthday Honours
This year’s Birthday Honours list includes four academics from the University. Professor Richard Evans and Professor Timothy Gowers are knighted, while Professor Mary Jacobus and Professor David Newbery will receive CBEs.
Announced this weekend, the Queen’s Birthday Honours list includes four University academics. Professor Timothy Gowers of the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics (DPMMS) receives a knighthood for services to mathematics. Gowers first arrived in Cambridge as an undergraduate, studying mathematics at Trinity College, where he also did his PhD, under the supervision of Béla Bollobás. He returned to Cambridge in 1995 following time as a lecturer at University College London. Gowers is currently a Royal Society Research Professor and also holder of the Rouse Ball Chair in Mathematics. In 1998 he was awarded the Fields Medal for his research connecting the fields of functional analysis and combinatorics. Gowers is a Fellow of Trinity College, and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1999.
Professor Richard J. Evans, Regius Professor of History and President of Wolfson College, receives a knighthood for services to scholarship. Evans has been Professor of Modern History at the University since 1998 and is a Fellow of the British Academy. He won an open scholarship to become an undergraduate at Jesus College, Oxford, by which point he says he was “almost obsessed” with the subject of history. He is a prolific author who specialises in the Third Reich, with books including Death in Hamburg (winner of the Wolfson Literary Award for History), Rituals of Retribution (winner of the Fraenkel Prize in Contemporary History) and In Defence of History – which has so far been translated into eight languages.
“I’m absolutely delighted to receive this honour,” said Evans. “It’s a recognition of the historical profession in Britain and especially those of us who work on the history of other countries. It demonstrates the strength of the Cambridge History Faculty.”
Professor Mary Jacobus, former Director of the Centre for Research in the Arts (CRASSH), Social Sciences and Humanities and Professor of English, is appointed CBE for services to literary scholarship. Jacobus joined the University in 2000 as a Grace 2 Professor following time at Cornell, and was Director of CRASSH from 2006-11. Her work has focused on Romanticism, feminist criticism and theory, and psychoanalysis. Jacobus is passionately committed to the humanities and fostering disciplinary change. She is a Fellow of Churchill College, and was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2009.
“I’m delighted and honored,” she said, “Especially on behalf of CRASSH, whose staff and energetic constituency it has been a pleasure to work with.”
Professor David Newbery, Emeritus Professor at the Faculty of Economics, receives a CBE for services to economics. Newbery began lecturing at the Faculty in 1966, and was director of studies in Churchill College until he became Professor of Applied Economics in 1988. Newbery was an associate editor of The Economic Journal from 1977-2000, and has published work on social cost-benefit analysis and the privatisation and regulation of network industries such as electricity, gas and telecoms. He is a Fellow of Churchill College, and was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 1991.
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