Durham Professor awarded CBE
(3 January 2006)
Professor James Stirling, Pro-Vice-Chancellor has become a CBE for his services to science.
A leading international researcher in particle physics, he is a member of Durham University’s world-class centre for the study of the fundamental building blocks of matter that underpin all scientific knowledge and theories. In recognition of his contributions to research, he was elected as a Fellow of The Royal Society in 1999. He has strong connections to the Research Councils and to The Royal Society. In particular he has made a major contribution to the work of the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council over many years. Professor Stirling, who lives in Durham, co-founded and was the first Director of the Durham University Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology (IPPP),. The institute examines key areas in the overlap between the theoretical and experimental branches of particle physics. It was recently described by an international review panel as a “front rank world class research institute”. He stepped down as IPPP Director in August 2005 following his appointment as Pro-Vice-Chancellor. With a first degree in Mathematics and doctorate in Theoretical Physics from Cambridge, Prof Stirling had a research post in the University of Washington, Seattle, and at the international particle physics research centre CERN in Switzerland before coming to Durham as a lecturer in 1986. Following a rapid series of promotions he became a Professor in 1992. His appointment was unusual in that it was attached to two distinct departments of the University – Mathematical Sciences and Physics. Durham’s Vice-Chancellor Sir Kenneth Calman said: “I congratulate James Stirling on behalf of the whole University. This is highly deserved recognition for the exceptional leadership and inspiration that he has given to science at all levels.”