Honorary degrees awarded at the University of Bristol – Monday, 16 July
Press release issued: 16 July 2012
Bristol University is awarding honorary degrees to Michelle McDowell and Professor Graham Fleming at today’s degree ceremonies in the Wills Memorial Building.
She studied Civil Engineering at Bristol University and graduated in 1984 with the skills she needed to begin her career, which has seen her work on the major refurbishment of the Royal Albert Hall and the BBC’s new regional headquarters in Birmingham.
She was awarded an MBE for services to the construction industry in 2010 and was last year named the Veuve Cliquot Business Woman of the Year – a prestigious award which celebrates entrepreneurs and business women from a wide range of industries.
Distinguished physical chemist Professor Graham Fleming will receive a Doctor of Science degree for his extensive body of work and being a tireless ambassador for science.
He is the Vice Chancellor for Research and the Melvin Calvin Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley - one of the world’s premier universities, boasting no fewer than nine Nobel laureates amongst its current faculty.
Professor Fleming came to Bristol University to read Chemistry as an undergraduate in 1968, graduating with a BSc in 1971. His work has been described in some 450 scientific publications, making him one of the world's foremost authorities on ultrafast processes in molecules.
An honorary degree is a major accolade, awarded in recognition of outstanding achievement and distinction in a field or activity consonant with the University’s mission.