Alumni in Honours list

Friday, 13 January, 2017 - 15:45
Prof Sir Shankar Balasubramanian 2017

Congratulations to the three Fitzwilliam College alumni who appear in the New Year's Honours list.  

Professor Sir Shankar Balasubramanian FRS FMedSci  (NatSci 1985, PhD Chemistry 1991) Herchel Smith Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Cambridge has been knighted for services to Science and Medicine. 

Shankar Balasubramanian was an undergraduate and postgraduate at Fitzwilliam College and has been a Fellow of Trinity College since 1994. He is also a senior group leader at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute. 

He co-invented next generation sequencing which has provided the most transformative change in biology and medicine for several decades, and has led to the $1000 dollar human genome. He has also made important contributions to four-stranded DNA, known as G-quadruplexes, and their role in cancer.

“It is a great honour for me and a wonderful acknowledgement of the research and I have carried out in Cambridge with my co-workers and collaborators over the past two decades,” said Sir Shankar. “I was particularly pleased to see recognition of our basic science and its impact on medicine, as I am jointly appointed between the Departments of Chemistry and Medicine.”

Shankar gave the Foundation Lecture at the College in 2014. Listen to his lecture here >>  Read more on the University website here >> 

Alfred Henry Hitchcock QPM  (Diploma in Applied Criminology and Police Management 2002) Chief Constable, Ministry of Defence Police, received a CBE for services to Defence and Policing.

Ms Catherine Large (History 1999), lately Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Creative and Cultural Skills, received an OBE for services to the Creative Economy.