Honorary degree for renowned scientist

Wednesday 18 April 2001

Former Director of The Wellcome Trust, Dame Bridget Ogilvie, is to receive an honorary degree from the University of St Andrews.

Dame Bridget, who held the post between 1991 and 1998 and who is now a Visiting Professor at University College London, will be presented with a Doctor of Science (DSc) on Thursday 21 June 2001.

She was educated at the University of New England and University of Cambridge. After 17 years as a research scientist with the National Institute for Medical Research, Dame Bridget embarked on what became a career spanning nearly 20 years with The Wellcome Trust. Starting in the role of coordinator of the Tropical Medicine Programme, she rose to Deputy Secretary and Assistant Director, to Deputy Director (Science), Director (Science Programmes) and, in 1991, became the Trust’s Director, a post she held for seven years.

Dame Bridget has also been a Visiting Professor with the Department of Biology at Imperial College and remains a Visiting Professor with UCL. She is also a Fellow of the Institute of Biology, a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists and a Founder Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Among her awards and honours, Dame Bridget is an Honorary Member of the British Society of Parasitology, the American Society of Parasitologists and the British Veterinary Association. She is an Honorary Associate of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and an Honorary Fellow of countless bodies including University College London, the Institute of Biology, the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal Society of Medicine and has received numerous awards including the prestigious Australian Society for Medical Research Medal 2000 and a string of honorary degrees from Universities throughout the UK and further afield. She was also recently elected to the office of High Steward of the University of Cambridge. Dame Bridget also serves on numerous boards/committees including being Chairman of the Institute for Animal Health, Chairman of the Committee on the Public Understanding of Science and a Trustee of the Cancer Research Campaign. She is also a Non-Executive Director of the Astra Zeneca Group, the Scottish Science Trust and the Manchester Technology Fund.

NOTE TO EDITORS – Further details of those receiving honorary degrees will be released over the coming weeks.

Issued by Beattie Media on behalf of the University of St Andrews For more information please contact Claire Grainger on 01334 462530, 07730 415 015 or email [email protected] Ref: hon2001.ogilvie/standrews/chg/19apr il2001

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