Cancer Research UK scientists recognised in birthday honours

In collaboration with the Press Association

Two Cancer Research UK scientists have been recognised in the Queen's birthday honours list.

Nobel Laureate and senior Cancer Research UK scientist Dr Tim Hunt has been awarded a knighthood in recognition of his groundbreaking work on cell division.

Professor Irene Leigh, head of Cancer Research UK's skin tumour laboratory and joint research director of Bart's and the London School of Medicine, was awarded an OBE.

Dr Hunt received a doctorate from Cambridge before conducting research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and returning to Cambridge.

He has made some of the key discoveries in our understanding of cell division and greatly contributed towards our understanding of cancer with his work on cell development.

Professor Leigh received medical training at the London Hospital Medical College and specialised in dermatology at postgraduate level.

She spent two years lecturing at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania before returning to work as registrar and senior registrar in London.

She became a consultant dermatologist in 1983 and established the Cancer Research UK Skin Tumour Laboratory in the same year.

Her principal work has been in the field of keratinocyte biology and she has made many contributions to our understanding of non-melanoma skin cancer.