14 December 2015

A leading air pollution scientist who began his academic career at Lancaster University has been awarded an honorary doctorate

Professor Roy Harrison OBE was awarded an honorary doctorate by Lancaster University on 9 December 2015 with many of his former Lancaster PhD students and researchers watching the ceremony. 

Professor Harrison's academic career began as a lecturer in the then Department of Environmental Science (now the Lancaster Environment Centre) at Lancaster University in the early 1970s, where he spent 10 years before moving to the University of Essex. In 1991 he was appointed Queen Elizabeth II Birmingham Centenary Professor of Environmental Health at the University of Birmingham.  

Professor Harrison was awarded the OBE in 2004 for services to environmental science. His research focusses on air pollution and its impacts on human health and his scientific expertise has contributed directly to government policy through his chairmanship and membership of expert advisory panels, including the Quality of Urban Air Review Group, and the Department of Health Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants.