Prof of Indian origin among those chosen for British Queen honours
A professor of Indian origin has been chosen for the Queen Honours, one of the highest accolades granted by the British establishment.
Professor Tejinder Singh Virdee, who teaches Physics at Imperial College in London, has been chosen for the Knight Bachelor award for his services to science, it was announced here.
One of the UK's most distinguished physicists, Professor Virdee as one of the creators of the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) Experiment he has made outstanding contributions to science.
The CMS experiment, at the Large Hadron Collider, CERN, Geneva, has delivered seminal results in particle physics, including, and along with the ATLAS experiment, the ground breaking discovery of the Higgs Boson.
Beyond his innovative work in particle physics, he is also a great campaigner for science, besides fostering education in Africa and India.
A total of 1,149 people have received the honours. Some 11 per cent of the awards are for work in education, including knighthoods for national pupil-premium champion John Dunford and political historian and head of Wellington College Anthony Seldon. Health makes up 8% of the honours.
Women have received 49 per cent of the honours.
(Posted on 14-06-2014)