Academics and staff from the University of Cambridge are featured in the King's Birthday Honours 2024, which recognises the achievements and service of people across the UK, from all walks of life.

Professor Tony Kouzarides, Professor of Cancer Biology, Senior Group Leader at the Gurdon Institute and Director and Co-Founder of the Milner Institute, has been awarded a Knighthood for his services to Healthcare Innovation and Delivery. Professor Kouzarides said: “I am delighted to receive this honour, which reinforces the importance of translating basic research into therapies by engaging academic researchers with healthcare businesses.”

Professor Barbara Sahakian, Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology in the Department of Psychiatry and a Fellow at Clare Hall, receives a CBE. Professor Sahakian, who is known for her research aimed at understanding the neural basis of cognitive, emotional and behavioural dysfunction in order to develop more effective pharmacological and psychological treatments, is honoured for her services to Research in Human Cognitive Processes. Professor Sahakian said: “I am delighted to receive this prestigious award, which recognises my research on human cognitive processes in health, psychiatric disorders and neurological diseases. I am grateful to my PhD students, postdoctoral fellows and colleagues for their collaboration."

Professor Christine Holt, Professor of Developmental Neuroscience, receives a CBE for services to Neuroscience. Professor Holt said: "I'm surprised and thrilled to receive this honour. It's a marvellous recognition of the research that has involved a whole team of talented, dedicated and inspiring colleagues over many years."

Professor David Menon, founder of the Neurosciences Critical Care Unit (NCCU) at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, has been awarded a CBE. Professor Menon, who is noted for his national and global clinical and research leadership in traumatic brain injury, is honoured for his services to Neurocritical Care. He said: “I am deeply honoured to be nominated for a CBE and accept it on behalf of all those who have worked with me, during what has been – and continues to be – a very rewarding career.”

Professor Patrick Maxwell, Regius Professor of Physic and Head of School of Clinical Medicine, receives a CBE for services to Medical Research.

Professor Peter John Clarkson, Director of Cambridge Engineering Design Centre and Co-Director of Cambridge Public Health, receives a CBE. Professor Clarkson, who is known for his research in health and care improvement, inclusive design and systems design, is honoured for his services to Engineering and Design. Professor Clarkson said “I am delighted to receive this honour and thank all those extraordinary people I have had the pleasure to work with over the years who have supported me in so many interesting and transformative projects.”

Alexandra Bolton, Director of the Climate Governance Initiative, is awarded an OBE for services to the Built and Natural Environment. Alexandra said: "This wonderful and humbling recognition makes me in turn recognise the talented people who, throughout my career, have selflessly given me support, guidance and advice. I am enormously grateful for the honour, and for all those who have helped me along the way."

Professor Anne-Christine Davis, Professor of Mathematical Physics, receives an OBE for services to Higher Education and to Scientific Research. Professor Davis said: "I am amazed and overwhelmed to receive this honour. I could not have done it alone and wish to thank my wonderful students and collaborators over the years. I would like to dedicate this honour to those women in STEMM who came before me and did not receive the recognition they deserved."

Professor Shruti Kapila, Professor of History and Politics receives an OBE for services to Research in Humanities.

Paul Fannon, Lecturer in Machine Learning in the Department of Genetics, Director of Studies at Jesus College and Fellow at Christ's College receives an OBE for services to Education.

Details of University alumni who are recognised in the King's Birthday Honours will be published on

The University extends its congratulations to all academics, staff and alumni who have received an honour.

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