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Cambridge's finest minds are among those honoured in the county

Harry Bhadeshia is to knighted for his work with metals Photo: The Royal Society

Some of Cambridge's finest minds are among those honoured in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Professor Harry Bhadeshia is knighted for his work on metals at the University of Cambridge.

Professor Bhadeshia invented a particular kind of steel that's used for railway tracks, as well as the world's strongest armour - known as ‘super bainite’ – in part through the discovery of a steel that seemed to sing.

He's applied physics and mathematics to predict what shapes the crystals in metals will take under certain conditions, and with certain elements added or taken away.

Professor Bhadeshia arrived in London in 1970 (his Indian parents had been forced to leave their home in Kenya by political changes) as a young teenager and has worked his way up from technician, through part-time study, to become the University of Cambridge’s Tata Steel Professor of Metallurgy.

Other scientists on the honours list include the university's Professor James Jackson, an expert in seismology. He'd warned that the Nepal earthquake was an accident waiting to happen.

Professor Jackson is head of the Department of Earth Sciences and has explored continental tectonic formations in areas of active plate movement such as Africa, Iran and the Aegean.

Prof James Jackson, CBE Credit: Sciencewatch


Professor Harry Bhadeshia. F.R.S., Tata Steel Professor of Metallurgy, University of Cambridge. For services to Science and Technology. Cambridge


Dr John Bradley. Consultant Physician and Nephrologist, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. For services to Health Research. (Cambridgeshire)

Professor Christopher Gilligan. Head of Epidemiology and Modelling Group, University of Cambridge. For services to Plant Health in the field of Epidemiology. (Cambridgeshire)

Professor Anthony Holland. Professor of the Psychiatry of Learning Disabilities, University of Cambridge. For services to Psychiatry. (Cambridgeshire)

Professor James Jackson. FRS Professor of Active Tectonics, University of Cambridge. For services to Environmental Science. (Cambridgeshire)

Dr Andrew Richards. Chairman, Ixico, Abcodia, Congenica, Novacta. For services to Investment in the Life Sciences Industry. (Cambridgeshire)


Sharon Allen. Chief Executive Officer, Skills for Care. For services to Social Care, Homeless People and Housing. (Cambridgeshire)

Roslyn Morpeth. Chief Executive, National Extension College. For services to Further Education. (Cambridgeshire)


Paul Anthony Arnill. For services to Cambridgeshire Search and Rescue and to the community in Tilney, Norfolk. (March, Cambridgeshire)

Jill Coddington. For services to Social Housing Residents and the community in Peterborough. (Peterborough, Cambridgeshire)

Maurice John Garner. For services to the community in Cambridgeshire. (Cambridge, Cambridgeshire)

David Alan Hill. Administrative Officer, Ministry of Defence. For services to Defence. (Cambridgeshire)


Regina Allanah. For voluntary service to the community in the London Borough of Haringey. (Peterborough, Cambridgeshire)

John Christopher Boocock. For voluntary services to the community in Barton, Cambridgeshire. (Barton, Cambridgeshire)

Glenda Mee. Teaching Assistant, Impington Village College, Cambridgeshire. For services to Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. (Histon, Cambridgeshire)

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