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York Chemist awarded BEM

Posted on 4 January 2016

Adrian Whitwood has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the 2016 New Year Honours List.

Adrian Whitwood

His citation reads:

For longstanding services to scientific research and education within the Chemistry department at the University of York, and for the training of young people in the Selby St John Ambulance cadet scheme.

Dr Adrian Whitwood is recognised for his outstanding contribution to the Department of Chemistry for over 30 years. He manages the small-molecule X-ray crystallography service and supports computing throughout the Department, resulting in two University of York Rewarding Excellence awards. But his work also includes web management, undergraduate admissions, student supervision, safety, first aid, exams data processing and timetabling.

I'm delighted and somewhat humbled to be awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours. I would like to thank all my colleagues especially the Chemistry support staff for making the Department such a pleasant and rewarding place to work.

Dr Adrian Whitwood

For more than 10 years Dr Whitwood has been a stalwart of the Selby St John Ambulance group, both as active first aider and youth leader.

He said: “I'm delighted and somewhat humbled to be awarded the British Empire Medal in the New Year’s Honours. I would like to thank all my colleagues especially the Chemistry support staff for making the Department such a pleasant and rewarding place to work and my wife and family for all their support and for persuading me to join them in St John Ambulance.”