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UCL community recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours

23 June 2017

A number of people from the UCL community have been recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Professor Alimuddin Zumla (centre) with the Zambia research staff  

Professor Alimuddin Zumla (UCL Infection & Immunity) has been awarded a knighthood for his services to public health and protection from infectious diseases. Professor Sir Alimuddin Zumla, who is also a Consultant Infectious Diseases Physician at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, is a global leader in the field of life-threatening infectious diseases. He has made very significant contributions to the fields of TB, TB/HIV co-infection and other infections with epidemic potential. 

As a committed advocate for improving health services for poor and disadvantaged populations globally, he has also supported research, capacity development and training programmes in sub-Saharan Africa, and has united a global faculty to work together on poverty related diseases and emerging and re-emerging infections. 

Speaking about the knighthood, Professor Sir Alimuddin Zumla, said: "I am absolutely delighted to be accorded this wonderful honour. It's awe-inspiring and a great privilege to be together with exceptional people who have distinguished themselves, serving humanity in different ways with great commitment and impact." 

"I would like to share this honour with the numerous selfless and committed people across the world, who I work with effectively on a range of academic, capacity development, advocacy and charity activities on poverty-related diseases. I am blessed with a very supportive family, excellent research teams and awesome, talented friends who have shown 'unity of purpose' for improving the lives and health of disadvantaged populations worldwide."

Current UCL staff with honours conferred this year are: 

  • Peter Thornton (UCL Discipline Review Body) - Knights Bachelor for services to the administration of Justice and the Coroner Service.
  • Alexandra Marks (UCL Judicial Institute Advisory Board) - CBE for public services.
  • Professor Nigel Hunt (UCL Eastman Dental Institute) - OBE for services to dentistry and to the specialty of orthodontics. 
  • Professor Adrienne Flanagan (UCL Cancer Institute) - OBE for services to cancer research.
  • Neil Peter May (UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources) - MBE for services to sustainability and energy efficiency in buildings and communities. 

UCL alumni, fellows, honorary degree holders and donors represented in this year's list include: 

  • Dr Carl O'Brien (UCL BSc Statistics 1980 & MSc Statistics 1981 & MPhil Statistical Science 1985) - CBE for services to the management of internationally-shared fisheries.
  • Dr Julie Maxton (UCL Law 1976) - CBE for services to science, law and education.
  • Malcolm Walker (UCL Honorary Fellowship 2016) - CBE for services to retailing, entrepreneurship and charity.
  • Margaret Sumner (UCL MA Special and Inclusive Education 1995 & DIP Special and Inclusive Education 1992) - CBE for services to special educational needs and disabilities.
  • Nigel Harris (UCL BA Egyptian Archaeology 2005) - MBE for services to the LGBT community.
  • Dr John Baker (UCL PhD Education 2011) - MBE for services to education.
  • Christopher Davies (UCL BA History 2005 & MA History of Art 2006) - MBE for services to drugs awareness in the Armed Forces.
  • Dr Richard Cooke (UCL MPhil Archaeology 1972) - MBE for services to Archaeology and the understanding of ancient Central American civilization.
  • Asif Khan (UCL BSc Architecture Planning Building and Environment 2004) - MBE for services to architecture. 
  • Patricia Lamour (MA Comparative Education 1984) - MBE for services to diversity. 
  • Professor Terence Lewis (MBBS Medical Preclinical 1965) - MBE for services to marine science and promoting scientific collaboration in the South West.
  • Tarek Malouf (UCL BSc Economics 1995) - MBE for services to baking and confectionery.
  • Dr Bharti Rajput (UCL BSc Podiatry 2002) - MBE for services to podiatry and the economy in Dundee.
  • Yvette Nyantah Twumasi-Ankrah (PhD Sociology 2018) - MBE for services to women in business.
  • Dr Roger Morgan (UCL BSc Chemistry 1973 & MPhil Chemistry 1976) - BEM for voluntary service to the arts in Herefordshire.
  • Jean Lazzara (UCL Bachelor of Arts 1970) - BEM for services to the British community in Naples.



  • Centre: Professor Sir Alimuddin Zumla (UCL Infection & Immunity) with the Zambia research team