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12 January, 2017 - 11:38 By Tony Quested

Out of this world as Sir Michael shares star billing with astronaut

Cambridge business titan Sir Michael Marshall has been honoured by the Royal Aeronautical Society with the award of an honorary fellowship – the highest distinction for aerospace achievement, awarded only for the most outstanding contributions to the aerospace profession.

He received the award at a special ceremony at the Society’s London headquarters from president Professor Chris Atkin. Astronaut Major Tim Peake received an honorary fellowship at the same ceremony.

The citation read: “Sir Michael is admitted to Honorary Fellowship in recognition of his eminence and distinction within the UK aerospace industry and the wider international aviation community, his exceptional leadership and commitment to the Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group and his determination, business acumen and commitment. He is a role model and inspiration to generations of aspiring aerospace professionals.”

Sir Michael’s award is even more extraordinary as it is only the second time that both a father and son have been honoured in this way in the Society’s 150-year history. Sir Michael’s father, Sir Arthur Marshall, was awarded an Honorary Fellowship in 2001.

Sir Michael said: “I am very proud to have been honoured in this way by the world-leading and renowned Royal Aeronautical Society. This award reflects in no small measure the extraordinary dedication and commitment of everyone at Marshall in Cambridge, across the UK and overseas, over a period of decades.”

Sir Michael qualified as a pilot in 1949 at the age of 17 before completing his National Service in the Royal Air Force. He joined the family business – Marshall of Cambridge – in 1955 and recently took the new position of president after 27 years as chairman.

Marshall employs over 6,000 people across its wholly owned and independent businesses and has annual sales in excess of £2 billion.

• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: Royal Aeronautical Society president, Professor Chris Atkin (left) presents the honorary fellowship award to Sir Michael Marshall 

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