The man who helped steer the country through the Covid-19 pandemic is to receive an honour in York this week.
Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor Chris Whitty, is one of ten people to receive honorary degrees from the University of York during graduation ceremonies at Central Hall.
A practising NHS consultant physician and epidemiologist, he was previously chief scientific adviser at the Department of Health and Social Care.
As Chief Medical Officer he appeared on the nightly news conferences alongside then Prime Minister Boris Johnson, giving scientific analysis on the progress of the pandemic and the country’s response to it.
Honorary degrees will also be awarded to:
- British playwright, David Edgar;
- historian and best-selling author, William Dalrymple;
- chief executive of Channel 4, Alex Mahon;
- activist, author and politician, Magid Magid;
- former director of music and performing arts at Southbank Centre Gillian Moore;
- entrepreneur of the arts, Sanjoy Roy;
- photophysics and photochemistry pioneer Professor Amilra de Silva;
- scientific director and chair of the directorate of the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics Professor Sibylle Günter;
- and pro-chancellor at the University of York, Denise Jagger.
They will receive their honorary degrees during graduation ceremonies at the University’s Central Hall from Tuesday, 18 July to Saturday 22 July.
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