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Professor Lynn Faith Gladden, Executive Chair of Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Shell Professor of Chemical Engineering, and former Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, has been named Dame Commander of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2020 Queen's Birthday Honours list for her services to Academic and Industrial Research in Chemical Engineering.

This DBE award follows her Officer of the British Empire (OBE) award given in 2001 for her services to Chemistry, and the Commander of the British Empire (CBE) award in 2014 for her services to Chemical Engineering.

Dame Lynn, also the Director of Research of Magnetic Resonance Research Centre at CEB, is internationally recognised for her work on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques, and modifying and applying well-established medical techniques, to advance the scientific understanding of the inner workings of fluid flows and chemical reactions. A key aim of large part of her ‘green’ work is to increase the energy-efficiency of chemical processes and produce products with better ‘in-use’ properties ranging from controlled-release pharmaceutical materials to optimised catalysts to perform catalytic conversions to produce ‘clean’ fuels.

A Fellow of a Fellow of Trinity College, and both the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society, she was also named one of the Top 50 Influential Women in Engineering by the Women's Engineering Society in 2016. “This is a great surprise and honour. It also provides a great opportunity to thank senior colleagues in my research group, and all the students and post-doctoral workers who have worked with me over the past 30 years. I must also thank the University of Cambridge, Trinity College and, in particular, my first ‘boss’ Professor John Davidson, who have been so supportive over the years,” Lynn commnted on her latest achievement.

“I am sure that you would all like to join me in congratulating Lynn Gladden on being appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2020 New Year’s Honours list. CEB is very proud of their Dame,” noted CEB's HoD Professor Lisa Hall. 

Other members of collegiate Cambridge have been recognised for their outstanding contributions to society: Trinity College master Dame Sally Davies, DBE, ​FRS. FMedSci, received the honour of Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath (GCB) for services to Public Health, Professor Tony Cheetham from the Department of Materials Science was awarded a Knights Bachelor for services to Material Chemistry, UK Science and Global Outreach;  Professor Andy Neely, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Enterprise and Business Relations at the University, received an OBE for services to Research and to University/Industry Collaboration; and Dr Pangalos, AstraZeneca's Executive Vice President of BioPharmaceuticals Research and Development, was awarded a Knights Bachelor for services to UK Science.


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