[Press & Publications] Worthy of Note: University Connections with Recipients of Queen's Birthday Honours



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Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor John Holloway is one of several distinguished people associated with the University of Leicester to be recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Professor Holloway receives an OBE for his services to education and chemistry.

Dr Gautam Bodiwala, Consultant, Leicester Royal Infirmary, and Clinical Teacher in the University's Faculty of Medicine and Biological Sciences, receives a CBE for services to accident and emergency medicine. Dr Bodiwala is due to receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Science from the University of Leicester on Friday 21 July at 3 pm in De Montfort Hall.

John Eggleston, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Space Science Centre, receives an OBE for services to the Space Centre. He was Chairman of the Steering Group that guided the development of the Space Centre.

Josette Simon, actress, who received an honorary degree of Master of Arts from this University in 1995, receives an OBE for services to drama. Leicester-educated Josette Simon was the first black leading lady in the Royal Shakespeare Company, and Evening Standard Actress of the Year in 1990.

Author Colin Dexter, also an honorary graduate of the University of Leicester (Master of Arts, 1996), whose Inspector Morse novels have been successfully televised, receives an OBE for services to literature.

Singer Emma Kirkby, whose performances over the last two years in the University's Fraser Noble Hall as part of the Department of Music's concert series have been so popular, receives an OBE for services to music.

John Holloway, Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, said: "It is a tremendous honour and my family and I are delighted. It has been a privilege to have been able to influence the course of chemical education and a pleasure and delight to engage with the public - especially young people - to share with them what science is all about. I would like to say my wife deserves an equal share in this award - without her support and help I would not have been able to pursue these interests."

Professor Holloway is a world authority on Inorganic Fluorine Chemistry and Noble Gas Chemistry, and has authored more than 300 papers, reviews and books in these fields.

As a research student in the early 1960s, Professor Holloway was one of the pioneers of noble gas chemistry, and such was the interest in the newly-discovered chemistry in this field that he began lecturing in schools while he was still studying for his PhD. He has developed impressive demonstration lectures on the chemistry and applications of fluorine and on noble gas chemistry, suitable for a variety of audiences.

Professor Holloway is also an accomplished artist and gives talks about connections between science and art. It is estimated that his lectures in different fields have reached about 200,000 people. His further interest in the public understanding of science is evidenced by his being a founder member of the Leicestershire and Rutland Branch of the British Association. He is a past President of both the Leicester Literary Society and of the University's Haldane Society.

Born in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, he attended Ashby Boys' Grammar School, and was brought up in Coalville. He is married to Jenny and has three grown-up children.

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