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Queen's Birthday Honours - Leicester connections

Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire since 1989 and an Honorary Graduate of the University of Leicester (Doctor of Laws, 2002), Mr Tim Brooks, becomes a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO) in the recent Queen's Birthday Honours. He has contributed to public life in Leicestershire over several decades, is a JP, and a former High Sheriff of the County. His wife, the Honourable Lady Brooks, is to receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws at a University of Leicester degree ceremony this July.

Leading historian of British architecture Emeritus Professor Joseph Mordaunt Crook, is now a Commander of the British Empire (CBE). Joe Crook taught Victorian History for a time in the 1960s at this University. He recently retired from Royal Holloway College, University of London.

Open University Professor Colin Pillinger, who heads the Beagle 2 Mission to Mars, receives a CBE. Beagle 2 - partly built by University of Leicester scientists - blasted off this month to search for life on the Red Planet. Dr Mark Simms, Beagle 2 Mission Manager based at the University of Leicester, highlighted Colin Pillinger's exceptional skills: "Colin is a brilliant scientist and a very intelligent man who is interested not only in science but in culture as well. It is fair to say that without him the Beagle 2 mission would never have existed."

Sir John Robertson (Sir Rob) Young, KCMG, British High Commissioner, New Delhi, a University of Leicester graduate (BA French, 1967) and honorary graduate, receives a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George (GCMG). His distinguished diplomatic career has included roles of Deputy Under Secretary of State, Eastern Europe, Russia and the Middle East, at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; and Deputy Under Secretary of State and Chief Clerk at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London. He was awarded the CMG in 1991 and Knighted in the New Year's honours list in 1999. On receiving the honorary degree of Doctor of Science from the University of Leicester in July 2001, he said: "The University has had a very formative influence on my life and career."

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