A top businessman, a renowned chemistry professor and a former Moderator of the Basic Assembly of the Church of Scotland have been the distinguished recipients of honorary degrees from Strathclyde this week.
Jim McColl OBE, Chairman and Chief Executive of business enterprise development organization Clyde Blowers, James Gimzewski, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Very Rev David Lunan, who served as Kirk Moderator in 2008-9, received their doctorates in a ceremony at the University’s Barony Hall on Wednesday, 5 Might, as aspect of University Day celebrations.
The awards were created in recognition of their outstanding service in, and contributions to, their respective spheres.
Strathclyde Principal Professor Jim McDonald said: “It is a pleasure to award honorary degrees to such eminent figures. The depth of their knowledge and expertise reflects the ethos of Strathclyde as a university with impact in education, analysis, industry and public life. “Our honorary graduates are at the forefront of the fields they perform in and we are proud to welcome them to Strathclyde.”
Mr McColl graduated from Strathclyde in 1978 with an Honours degree in Technology and Business enterprise Studies. He went on to work with Weir Pumps, though studying portion-time for an MBA at Strathclyde. He later took up a senior management position with Diamond Power Speciality Limited and studied part-time for a Masters in International Accounting and Finance.
Mr McColl joined Coopers and Lybrand as a senior consultant in 1985 and went on to acquire 29.9% of Clyde Blowers plc. The corporation now has 55% of the globe market in its original item line, as properly as expanding into other growth engineering sectors. It has a portfolio of 83 businesses in 27 countries, employing a total of five,000 individuals.
Professor Gimzewski gained a BSc and a PhD in the Division of Pure and Applied Chemistry from Strathclyde and has gone on to become an internationally-recognised pioneer in the field of nanotechnology. He spent 18 years at international technologies firm IBM’s Zurich investigation laboratory and there designed what is officially recognised as the world’s smallest calculator.
Right after joining UCLA, Professor Gimzewski developed the use of scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) in the imaging of molecules and his team has utilized the strategy to recognize cancerous cells in individuals with lung, breast and pancreatic cancers. He is also involved in a series of collaborative projects among art and science which have been exhibited in museums across the globe, with the aim of making scientific insights accessible to non-scientific audiences.
Professor Gimzewski is a Fellow of the Royal Society and the Carnegie Centenary Professor in the Division of Physics at Strathclyde. Mr Lunan studied at the University of Glasgow and took up his 1st assistant ministry in the Calton location of Glasgow. He served as Minister of St Andrews Lhandbryde Parish Church for 12 years from 1975 and was Moderator of the Presbytery of Moray in 1985-six.