Sir Paul Nurse, who is an Honorary Liveryman in the Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers, was one of six people whom the King appointed, in November, to the Order of Merit.
The Order was founded by King Edward VII on 23 June 1902 and it constitutes a special distinction, ‘given to such persons, subject of Our Crown, as may have rendered exceptionally meritorious service in Our Crown Services or towards the advancement of the Arts, Learning, Literature, and Science or such other exceptional service as we are fit to recognise.’
The individuals honoured this time were chosen by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in early September, and the appointments were the first to be made since His Majesty became Sovereign of the Order.
The Order of Merit, which is in the sole gift of the Sovereign, is restricted to 24 recipients. Sir Paul will be joining other illustrious scientists and engineers, such as Sir Roger Penrose, Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Sir James Dyson, who are already members. The Company has sent its congratulations.