Cambridge fellows scoop up honours

Tristram Fane Saunders 4 January 2013

Four Cambridge University fellows have been recognised in the New Year Honours List this year. Among other notable Cambridge figures Professor Mary Beard (pictured above), Dr David Cleevely, Professor Francis Kelly, and Professor Janet Todd have all received honours.

Mary Beard, a Professor of Classics at Newnham College and a prominent figure through her work in television and print, was awarded an OBE for services to classical scholarship. Speaking to Cambridge News, Beard described receiving the award as “a bit silly”, but saw her recognition in the list as a sign that classics is “thriving” and that “people are fascinated by the ancient world. You talk to people about where the Romans went to the loo and they are absolutely gripped.”

David Cleevely has been made a CBE for services to technology and innovation. Cleevely is the founding director of the Centre for Science and Policy at the University, but is better known to many as a restaurateur: Cleevely is the owner of Bocca Di Lupo, the Time Out award-winning restaurant in London’s West End. Cleevely is also chairman of the trustees for the Cambridge Science Centre, the new interactive science museum opening on Jesus Lane next month.

Janet Todd, president of Lucy Cavendish College since 2008, has been awarded an OBE for services to higher education and literary scholarship. Todd, who studied as an undergraduate at Cambridge, is a renowned author and literary critic. She is the General Editor of the nine-volume The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jane Austen, published last year.

Francis Kelly, Master of Christ’s College and professor of the Mathematics of Systems in the University’s Statistical Laboratory, has been made a CBE for services to Mathematical Sciences. Kelly is a Fellow of the Royal Society, and his specialist interests include the study of optimisation and random processes.

Tristram Fane Saunders