June 1999

No 110

The editor of one of the world's leading science journals is to be honoured by the University of Leicester.

Dr Philip Campbell, Editor of Nature, will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Science at a ceremony at the De Montfort Hall, Leicester in July 1999.

Educated at Bristol University and Queen Mary College, London, he is no stranger to Leicester University, having received a PhD in ionospheric physics from there, before continuing as a postdoctoral research assistant in the Department of Physics from 1977.

After leaving Leicester University in 1979 he became Assistant Editor of Nature, taking up the editorship in 1995.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics.

Speaking of his pleasure at receiving the honorary degree, Dr Philip Campbell said: "Given that, across the sciences, Leicester University's researchers have achieved great international distinction, it is a great honour to be awarded an honorary degree by this institution."

Dr Campbell is one of ten people prominent in the worlds of academia, medicine, science and industry 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, Master of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

Note to editors Dr Philip Campbell will receive his degree on Wednesday 21 July at 3 pm in the De Montfort Hall, Leicester.

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