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Leading scientist awarded Honorary Degree

Posted on 12/07/2012

Dr Andrew Taylor, third from the left, receives his Honorary Degree

Dr Andrew Taylor, Director of ISIS, the world’s leading centre for research in the physical and life sciences, received an honorary doctorate yesterday (12 July) during the graduation ceremonies at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Andrew was awarded the Degree of Doctor of Science as part of the week long ceremonies at the College.

Graduation Week consists of 15 ceremonies in total and at the end of the five days more than 2,400 students will have graduated, accompanied by more than 6,300 guests to celebrate the culmination of years of hard work.

Andrew joins a long list of honorary graduands who have been chosen for being outstanding in their field or for giving exceptional service to the University.

Following a degree in Natural Philosophy from Glasgow and a Dphil in neutron scattering at St John’s College, Oxford, Andrew joined Rutherford Laboratory in 1975 as part of a small team promoting accelerator-based neutron sources as tools investigate the microscopic structure and dynamics of condensed matter.

During his career at Rutherford Laboratory and a secondment to Los Alamos in the USA, he has made seminal contributions to the development of pulsed neutron source instrumentation and science.

In 1999 Andrew was awarded an OBE for services to neutron science and in 2006, the Glazebrook Medal from the Institute of Physics. He was elected to a Fellowship of the Royal Society Edinburgh in March 2006 and Fellowship of the Institute of Physics in March 2007.


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