Sidney connections in list of UK’s most influential scientists.

Two notable Sidney Sussex College people have been listed amongst the UK’s most influential contemporary scientific figures in the current edition of Eureka, The Times’ monthly science magazine.

Dr Simon Campbell, CBE, FRS was ranked 31 on The Eureka 100 list. He was recognized primarily for his role in the discovery of innovative new medicines such as Cardura, Norvasc and Viagra, and for his campaigning role as President of the Royal Society of Chemistry. In 1972, Dr Campbell joined Pfizer Central Research, Sandwich, UK, as a medicinal chemist. He co-authored over 120 publications and patents before retiring in October 1998 as Pfizer’s Senior Vice President for World-wide Discovery and Medicinals R&D Europe. Dr Campbell has received numerous awards for his scientific achievements, including the Royal Society of Chemistry Award for Medicinal Chemistry (1989), the Herschberg Award from the American Chemical Society (1997), ACS Medicinal Chemistry Hall of Fame (1997), the Industry Research Institute (US) Achievement Award (1997), the CIA Individual Achievement Award (2006), and Galen Medal (2007).

Dr Campbell and his wife Jill are members of Sidney Sussex’s 1596 Foundation (2001) and have endowed Campbell Foundation bursaries at Sidney and Christ's College for state school pupils studying maths and natural sciences.

Also included in the list at number 37 was Professor Dame Ann Dowling, Fellow in Engineering at Sidney Sussex and Head of the Department of Engineering at the University. Ann Dowling’s research is on clean combustion and quiet vehicles, and is particularly relevant to aircraft. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society, Royal Academy of Engineering (Vice-President 1999-2002) and is a Foreign Associate Member of the US National Academy of Engineering and of the French Academy of Sciences. She serves on a number industry and government advisory committees, and chaired the EPSRC Technical Opportunities Panel (2003-06) and the Royal Society/Royal Academy of Engineering study on nanotechnology. She was appointed CBE for services to Mechanical Engineering in 2002 and DBE for services to Science in 2007.

This is an archived news story, first posted in 2010.

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News item posted Sunday, 3rd May 2015

  • Dr Simon Campbell and Jill Campbell
  • Dr Simon Campbell and Jill Campbell