Fellow of ERS awarded Knighthood for contributions to medical research

12 October, 2020

Professor Stephen Holgate, renowned researcher and European Respiratory Society (ERS) member, has been knighted for his services to medical research in the Queen’s 2020 Birthday Honours List.

The Queen’s Birthday Honours List recognises the outstanding achievements of people across the United Kingdom (UK), with a special focus this year on individuals who have made important contributions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Professor Holgate, who is a highly valued Fellow of ERS (FERS) and served as the ERS Science Council Chair from 2012 until 2016, is Medical Research Council Clinical Professor of Immunopharmacology within the University of Southampton’s Faculty of Medicine, UK. He has dedicated his career to understanding the interface between basic sciences and clinical application to improve our knowledge and treatment of allergy and asthma and he is a prominent advocate for clean air.

Responding to the award’s announcement, Professor Holgate told the University of Southampton: “I’m really surprised to receive this honour; looking back on a lifetime of research, translating biological science into human disease and then improving human health as a consequence has been a rewarding journey in its own right and I’m truly most fortunate to have experienced this.”

“This is a celebration of 45 years of hundreds of people’s work that have contributed to this journey, so the fact that this honour has come to me makes me feel privileged and honoured, but it really is what everyone else has done to help create this incredible recognition.”

ERS congratulates Professor Holgate on this prestigious achievement and thanks him for his contributions to respiratory medicine and science.

Read the 2016 Breathe article, ‘Confidences de Salon: Stephen Holgate’, to learn more about Professor Holgate.