Honorary degrees awarded at the University today
Press release issued: 13 July 2004
Bristol University is awarding Honorary degrees to two prominent people, Professors Lance Lanyon and Judith Howard, at today's [13 July] degree ceremonies in the Wills Memorial Building.
Professor Lance Lanyon, Principle of the Royal Veterinary College will be honoured with the degree of Doctor of Science at the 11.15 am ceremony.
Professor Lanyon graduated from Bristol University in 1966 with a first class honours degree in Veterinary Science. He returned to the Anatomy Department at Bristol to study for his PhD and during this time he perfected a technique to measure bone deformation, when the living bone is subjected to a loading stress.
A leading veterinarian and educationalist, in 1989 he was appointed as Principle at one of the world's leading veterinary establishments, the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), London, where he has played a crucial role in both formulating and then articulating important areas of concern to the veterinary profession within the UK.
Under Professor Lanyon's direction the RVC has made substantial progress: undergraduate numbers and clinical residents have increased, and major capital projects have included the new £10 million Eclipse Building for veterinary students. Leading an active research group, his research income has consistently been the highest in the college and he has launched successful fundraising appeals. He has also been instrumental in arguing for our country to adopt a considered and sensible approach to the control of infectious diseases, an area of national importance.
Professor Judith Howard, Professor of Chemistry at the University of Durham will be honoured with the degree of Doctor of Science at the 2.30 pm ceremony.
As one of the world's most distinguished crystallographers, (the study of molecules), Professor Howard began her university career in Inorganic Chemistry at Bristol University in 1963. She gained a Doctor of Science in 1986 to add to her BSc degree. In 1991 she was appointed as Professor of Crystallography within the Department of Chemistry at the University of Durham.
Her research into crystallography is reputed as one of the best in the world and in addition to her research she has made huge contributions to numerous national and international committees covering all aspects of academic and scientific affairs.
Her research and other contributions have been recognised through many prestigious awards. In 1996 she was awarded a CBE for her contributions to science, in 1999 the Royal Society of Chemistry Prize for Structural Chemistry, and in 2002 she was elected as a Fellow of the prestigious Royal Society.