Knighthood for Cambridge professor of Indian origin

  • Prasun Sonwalkar, Hindustan Times, London
  • Updated: Jun 14, 2015 00:05 IST

Harshad Kumar Dharamshi Bhadeshia, a renowned metallurgist and the Tata Steel professor of Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge, has been knighted for services to Science and Technology in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for 2015.

Born to Indian parents in Kenya, 'Harry' Bhadeshia moved to Britain in the 1970s and began an award-winning career in metallurgy after graduating from the City of London Polytechnic and a PhD from Cambridge.

Bhadeshia leads this year's Britain's highest civilian honours for several Indian-origin individuals from various walks ot life. The honorands include noted actor Kevin Spacey, who has also been knighted.

A Cabinet Office note said: "Professor Bhadeshia has not only performed brilliant basic research on steels but has brought a number of the new steels he has developed to manufacture. "

India-based individuals honoured in the list include Elizabeth Mehta, founding director of the Muktangan Schools Network; Paul Richard Walsh, founder of the Jungle Crows Foundation, Kolkata; Satpal Dass, chairman of Pacific Interiors; and Robin Eric Garland, chairman of the Project Mala Charitable Trust.

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