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Staff recognised in Queen’s birthday honours

Four current or former members of University staff have been recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours list.

Dr Colin Adams, former Director of Commercialisation in the School of Informatics and Director of Informatics Ventures, has been made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).

Dr Adams’ award recognises his services to innovation and entrepreneurship.  

Colin has achieved a huge amount through leadership and teamwork. He has transformed the informatics community in Edinburgh, and he’s done it gently, with a combination of common sense and confidence. He helped us realise how much we already had to be proud of. And then he helped create a whole lot more things for the city, and for Scotland, to be even prouder of.

Professor Jon OberlanderDirector of the Bayes Centre and Assistant Principal for Data Technology

Also made a CBE is Professor John Hardman Moore, Professor of Political Economy in the School of Economics.

His honour is given for services to economics.

Professor Hardman Moore joined the University of Edinburgh in 2000. 

He began his academic career at the London School of Economics, as an MSc student in 1978.

He was appointed as a lecturer in Economics in 1983, a reader in Economics in 1987, and Professor of Economic Theory in 1990 - a position he still holds.

Women in science

Professor Polly Arnold, Crum Brown Chair in the School of Chemistry, has been appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to Chemistry and Women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) .

Professor Arnold recently launched SciSisters, a professional network for senior women working in STEM in Scotland.

Mrs Margaret K Ross, Senior Lecturer for Dental Care Professionals and programme director for the BSc on Oral Health Sciences, is also made an OBE.

Mrs Ross, of the Edinburgh Dental Institute, is given her honour for services to dentistry.

The awards have been given as part of celebrations marking the Queen's 91st birthday.

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