Cancer charity founder, Marina Dalglish and physicist Professor Dame Athene Donald will be awarded honorary degrees by the University of Liverpool today.
Marina is the founder of the Marina Dalglish Appeal, which aims to make a difference to cancer care on Merseyside. After her recovery from breast cancer, Marina raised more than £8 million for various appeals, including the Marina Dalglish Centre for Oncology at Aintree University Hospital; the Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology at Aintree University Hospital; and the Southport Centre for Oncology.
Professor Donald is a physicist and was Director of the University of Cambridge’s Women in Science, Engineering and Technology Initiative (WiSETI) and a Gender Equality Champion. Her research field focuses on biological physics, including polymers, biopolymers and, most recently, cellular biophysics.
She currently sits on the Scientific Council of the European Research Council and has received a number of awards for her work, including the Mott Medal and Faraday Medal prizes by the Institute of Physics. She was awarded the L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Laureate for Europe and appointed a Dame Commander of the British Empire for Services to Physics in 2010.
They will graduate alongside University of Liverpool students at the Philharmonic Hall, in a week that has also recognised fomer President of the Royal College of Nursing and current project manager of the Aldey Hey’s ‘Hospital in the Park’ initiative, Andrea Spyropoulos.