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3 January, 2006 - 16:24 By Staff Reporter

Two East of England academics awarded knighthoods

Professor Michael Pepper, MD of Toshiba’s Cambridge Research Laboratory and head of the semiconductor physics group at Cambridge University’s Cavendish Laboratory, was knighted in the New Year’s Honours List.

Professor Michael Pepper, MD of Toshiba’s Cambridge Research Laboratory and head of the semiconductor physics group at Cambridge University’s Cavendish Laboratory, was knighted in the New Year’s Honours List.

Sir Michael’s ground-breaking research has led to the creation of the field of semiconductor nanostructures.

Sir Michael was joined by fellow academic, University of Essex vice-chancellor, Professor Ivor Crewe, whose knighthood has been awarded in recognition of his services to Higher Education.

Sir Michael has worked at the Cavendish Laboratory for more than 30 years and was appointed to the Professorship of Physics in 1987 which he currently holds.

In 1991 he became MD of the newly opened CRL of Toshiba Research Europe Ltd. Sir Michael is also director of CRL’s only spin-off company to date, TeraView.

Sir Ivor has written and broadcast frequently on British politics, particularly in the field of elections.

He directed the British Election Study from 1973 to 1981 and edited the British Journal of Political Science from 1977 to 1982 and from 1984 to 1992.

He took the position of vice-chancellor at Essex in 1995 and was until recently also president of Universities UK, the representative body for Britain’s higher education institutions.

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