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Southampton professor Tim Leighton honoured as Doctor of Science

Published: 25 January 2019
Professor Tim Leighton
Professor Tim Leighton

Multidisciplinary expert Professor Tim Leighton has been made a Doctor of Science by the University of Cambridge.

Professor Leighton, a prominent member of the School of Engineering and Fellow of The Royal Society, has invented numerous devices for healthcare, catastrophe relief and industry across a decorated career.

A Doctor of Science is the highest degree in science that a university can award, and Cambridge awards no more than around ten a year. The award is made after a university decides to assess the quality and impact on the scientific agenda of the lifetime collection of journal papers published by a person who previously took a degree at that university.

“I am honoured that my lifetime body of work has received this recognition,” Tim says. “I have been privileged and fortunate to have the opportunity to take projects through from conception, a blank sheet of paper ready to be filled with equations, to seeing them deployed in hospitals, off the side of ships, in underprivileged communities, or to help in hazardous environments.

“It has been a second privilege, along the way, within these projects to work with so many young people, introducing them to unfamiliar concepts and seeing them flourish as scientists, engineers, public communicators and humanitarians. I am very proud of them all, and am grateful for all these wonderful opportunities.”

Tim graduated from Cambridge in 1985 with a Double First Class Degree in Physics and Theoretical Physics. He then obtained a PhD at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, and began his research career with Senior and Advanced Research Fellowships. In 1992, he joined Southampton’s renowned Institute for Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) and has made significant advances in his field across close to three decades at the Russell Group institution.

He is the founding Chairman of both the University Strategic Research Group Network for Anti-Microbial Resistance and Infection Prevention (NAMRIP), and the Health Effects of Ultrasound in Air (HEFUA) group. Tim was made a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2012, a Fellow of The Royal Society in 2014 and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2018, completing a rare ‘triple crown’ for Academicians.

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