There were nine Cambridge academics who received honoursCCSO with permission for Varsity

Ten people associated with the University of Cambridge have been named in the King’s birthday honours list, including a famous composer and world leading cancer researcher.

Among those who received honours was famous composer John Rutter, the former director of Clare College Choir and founder of Cambridge singers, one of the biggest mixed choirs in Cambridge.

Rutter was knighted for for services to music, and said he was “deeply grateful” to have received the title.

There were also nine Cambridge academics who have received honours, including Professoor Tony Kouzarides, Professor of Cancer Biology, who has received a knighthood for for his services to Healthcare Innovation and Delivery.

Prof Kouzarides is a senior group leader of the Gurdon Institute, a world leading centre, and researches the biology of DNA modifications and their involvement in cancer.


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He said: “I am delighted to receive this honour, which reinforces the importance of translating basic research into therapies by engaging academic researchers with healthcare businesses.”

Other Cambridge academics honoured include Alexandra Bolton, the director of the Climate Governance Initiative, and Professor Barbara Sahakian, Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology in the Department of Psychiatry, who were awarded a CBE and OBE respectively.

Birthday honours mark the reigning monarch’s official birthday, and published every year by the Cabinet Office. They are one of two annual forms of annual honours, with the other being New Years’ honours.

Beyond those who associated with the University, there were a further ten residents of the Cambridgeshire that also received honours.