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Knighthood for Ex-deputy Chairman

31 December 2007

A knighthood was conferred on Dr John Ashworth for public service in the New Year Honours list.

Dr Ashworth has had a long and distinguished career. He was Deputy Chairman of The Institute of Cancer Research from 2003-2007. Prior to that he advised Prime Ministers Thatcher and Callaghan as the government's Chief Scientist from 1976-81, was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Salford from 1981-90, Director of the London School of Economics from 1990-96 and Chairman of The British Library from 1996-2001. Currently, he is Chairman of Barts and the London NHS Trust.

Jonathan Kipling, Secretary of The Institute, said: "We are delighted that Sir John's wide ranging contribution to cancer research and our nation has been recognised in this way."

For more information please contact Hannah Crabtree in The Institute of Cancer Research press office on: 07721 747900, email: [email protected]uk

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