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Professor Lorna Dawson and Mrs Anne Pack honoured in Queen’s Birthday List

Professor Lorna Dawson and Mrs Anne Pack (c) James Hutton Institute
"Lorna and Anne thoroughly deserve these honours which acknowledge their contributions to the Institute and society"

Professor Lorna Dawson, lead soil forensic scientist at the James Hutton Institute, advisor to the Scottish Government on strategic research and SEFARI Gateway lead for environment, has been made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. She is joined by longstanding Hutton member of staff Anne Pack, who has been awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM).

Professor Dawson’s honour has been bestowed for services to soil and forensic science, covering three decades of managing and conducting research in soil and in particular its application within the criminal justice system.

She was amongst the first to investigate the application of soil organo-mineral markers in forensic investigations, an approach which has proved highly successful and is now in use in many criminal investigations. The impact of this work is immense in bringing criminals to justice and she has become a world leading authority in this area.

Professor Dawson is an honorary professor in Forensic Science at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, and last year she also received a Pride of Britain award.

Professor Dawson said: “I feel grateful to be honoured in this way. I am privileged to be an integral part of dedicated police, scientific and legal teams. I would like to thank my colleagues, family and friends for their continued support; this honour and the work it represents would not have been possible without them.”

Anne Pack has been honoured for services to agricultural research, Scottish culture and charity. She has been a member of staff at the James Hutton Institute and its legacy organisations since 1992, serving as Personal Assistant to four Chief Executives, all of whom held her devotion to duty in high regard. She is also an accomplished singer-songwriter and recording artist as well as a published author.

Mrs Pack said: “I am absolutely thrilled to receive a BEM in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. It is a privilege to be part of the James Hutton Institute and to receive recognition in this way for doing such an exciting and rewarding job is very special. This honour wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my colleagues. During my time with the Institute, I have witnessed many scientific developments and I’m proud to be associated with its achievements.”

Professor Colin Campbell, the Institute’s Chief Executive, commented: “Lorna and Anne thoroughly deserve these honours which acknowledge their contributions to the Institute and society. They have helped underpin our international reputation for excellence in science. The honours also recognise their wider contributions to Scottish life.”

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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.