Queen’s Birthday Honours go to two IOP members

15 June 2015

Two IOP fellows – Philip Campbell and Prof. Averil Macdonald – have received awards in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Philip Campbell
Credit: Annthea Lewis/Nature

Philip Campbell, the first editor of Physics World and currently editor-in-chief of Nature, has been made a Knight Bachelor for services to science. Having been physical sciences editor at Nature he left in 1988 to help to found Physics World and was its editor until 1995, when he returned to Nature to be its editor-in-chief.

He originally read aeronautical engineering at the University of Bristol, before undertaking a part-time MSc in astrophysics and a PhD in upper atmospheric physics. He went on to do a two-year postdoc before moving into editorial work at Nature. As well as being a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, he has honorary doctor of science degrees from the universities of Bristol and Leicester.

Averil Macdonald

Prof. Averil Macdonald has been awarded an OBE for services to women in science and public engagement with science. She was awarded the IOP’s Bragg Medal in 1999 and toured giving the Institute’s Schools and Colleges Lecture in 2002/3. She was also recognised as a Woman of Outstanding Achievement in Science by the UK Resource Centre for Women in SET in 2007. Prof. Macdonald served on the the IOP’s Council from 2009 to 2013 and is a former chair of its Physics Communicators Group.

Commenting on the awards, IOP president Frances Saunders said: “I am particularly delighted that two of our members engaged in the communication of science, not just within the scientific community but with wider audiences, have been recognised through award of these honours.”