Sir Richard Sykes, FRS, is to receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Science from the University of Leicester in July 1999.

Expressing his pleasure at the award, Sir Richard highlighted the importance of links between industry and academia, and paid tribute to Leicester University's success in this respect.

He said : "It is a great personal honour to receive this degree - an award which I believe recognises the increasing importance of the relationship between British Universities and the nation's science-based industries. My company has to collaborate with the best universities to be successful, and the many years of collaboration Glaxo Wellcome has enjoyed with the University of Leicester reflects the excellent work carried out at this institute."

Sir Richard has been Chief Executive of Glaxo Wellcome since 1993 and Chairman since 1997, holding the post of Deputy Chairman between 1993-97.

Knighted in 1994, he is a member of the Council for Science and Technology, the Advisory Committee on Human Genome Research, the Advisory Council for Save British Science, the Trade Policy Forum and the Council for Industry and Higher Education.

He was also a member of the Dearing Committee set up in May 1996 to look at higher education issues.

Since 1994 he has been Chairman of the Taskforce for Inward Investment in the UK Pharmaceutical Industry, and is a member of the CBI's President's Committee, a member of the Board of Trustees of the Natural History Museum and Vice-President of the National Society for Epilepsy. He is also President of the British Association.

Sir Richard Sykes is one of ten people prominent in the worlds of academia, medicine, science, industry and public life to receive an honorary degree from Leicester University in July.

The full list of honorands is:

Mr Tim Appleton, Manager of the Rutland Water Nature Reserve; Professor Dame Gillian Beer, DBE, FBA, King Edward VII Professor of English Literature at the University of Cambridge; Dr Philip Campbell, Editor of Nature; Dr Ken Edwards, Vice-Chancellor of Leicester University who retires in September; Professor Fred Leckie, Department of Engineering, University of California at Santa Barbara, USA; Mr Chris Moon, a former Captain in the Royal Anglian Regiment, now an active campaigner against the use of land mines; Professor Sir Keith Peters, FRS, Regius Professor of Physic at the University of Cambridge; The Honourable Raymond Seitz, former US Ambassador to the UK; Sir Richard Sykes, Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive of Glaxo Wellcome; and Professor Sir Anthony Wrigley, FBA, Master of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

Note to editors : Sir Richard Sykes will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Science on Friday 23 July 199 at 3 pm in the De Montfort Hall, Leicester.

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