Dame Sally Davies, the Master of Trinity, has received the honour of Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath (GCB) in the Queen’s New Year Honours List.
Trinity Fellow and Shell Professor of Chemical Engineering at Cambridge, Lynn Gladden has also been honoured, becoming Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
Before being appointed as Master in 2019, Dame Sally was the Chief Medical Officer for England, the first woman to hold this role. During her extensive career, she established the National Institute for Health Research, embedding the UK as a world leader in clinical research.
Vice-Master of Trinity, Professor Grae Worster, said:
We congratulate Dame Sally on this outstanding and well deserved honour, and are proud that she represents the College as Master. She is a role model for all, especially our students, in showing how intellect can be applied for public benefit and social impact.
Dame Sally said:
I am honoured to receive this GCB recognising the work of many people, across Government, the NHS and beyond working together on issues ranging through Health research and public health to fighting the rise of Antimicrobial Resistance both in the UK and across the world. We will continue to build coalitions for action as this war to save lives is not over.
Professor Worster added: ‘We are equally proud that Lynn Gladden’s pioneering research in using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to probe mechanisms of academic and industrial importance is being recognised by the award of a DBE.’
Professor Gladden said the award was ‘a great surprise and honour’. Thanking senior colleagues in her research group, and all the students and post-doctoral workers who have worked with her over the past 30 years, she paid particular tribute to her first ‘ boss’ John Davidson, Fellow of Trinity from 1957 until his death a few days ago, and her predecessor as Shell Professor of Chemical Engineering.