Professor Gabriel Horn, Emeritus Professor of Zoology and former Master of Sidney Sussex College, received a Knighthood in the New Year's Honours list for 2002, for services to neurobiology and the advancement of scientific research.

A Fellow of the Royal Society Professor Horn researches the neural basis of visual recognition memory. This year he led a team of scientists commissioned by the government to produce an independent report on scientific research into the causes of BSE.

Several other members of the University were also recognised in the New Year's Honours List.

Dr Bryan Grenfell, Reader in Parasitology in the Department of Zoology, received an OBE for services to epidemiology and the control of infectious diseases. He leads a research group working on population dynamics, in particular the dynamics of infectious diseases.

Last year Dr Grenfell led a team of Cambridge scientists modelling the progress of the foot-and-mouth epidemic. Their work played an important role in the control and eradication of the disease.

Professor Peter Goddard of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics received a CBE for services to theoretical physics. Professor Goddard is a Fellow of the Royal Society, his current research interests include string theory/conformal field theory.

Professor Stephen Ley of the Department of Chemistry received a CBE for services to chemistry. Professor Ley is a Fellow of the Royal Society and President of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He leads a research group working on the discovery and development of new synthetic methods and their application to biologically active molecules.

And Dr Margaret Penston of the Institute of Astronomy received an MBE for services to astronomy and its popularisation. Dr Penston is Astronomy Adviser to the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority.

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