Christopher Gilligan awarded a CBE

Chris Gilligan

Professor Christopher Gilligan has been awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours. The award is for 'services to Plant Health in the field of Epidemiology'.

He said: “I am delighted to have been honoured, and for our research and broader contributions in epidemiology to have been recognized in this way. The award is obviously a credit also to the many colleagues who have worked with me.”

Prof Gilligan is a Fellow of King's and head of the Epidemiology and Modelling Group in the Department of Plant Sciences. His research uses mathematical models to monitor and predict the spread of plant disease, and suggest ways that plant losses can be minimised.

He has worked with UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the United States Department of Agriculture, and provided mathematical toolkits that help to predict and counteract problems from diseases of agricultural crops in developing and developed countries, as well as diseases of natural vegetation, including ash dieback in the UK.

As chair of the Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Expert Taskforce he reviewed the risks presented by new tree and plant pathogens in the UK, and made recommendations to the government about how those threats could be mitigated.

For more information on Prof Gilligan's research see his department webpage.

Alumni honoured

Several King's alumni have also been honoured:

  • Knighthood: Dr Nicholas Penny, FBA. Director general, National Gallery. For services to the Arts.
  • DBE: Professor Lesley Anne Glover, CBE, FRSE. Chief Scientific Adviser to the president of the European Commission. For services to Science.
  • CBE: Simon Halsey. Choral conductor. For services to Music.
15 June 2015