Uni professor is knighted

Prof Cary Cooper.
Prof Cary Cooper.

A Lancaster University professor has been knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Cary Cooper, Distinguished Professor of Organisational Psychology, has been knighted for his services to social science.

Prof Cooper said: “This honour really means a lot to me – particularly as an American who has now made his home in Britain.

“It’s a real thrill and pretty humbling for someone like me who has come from a working-class background – with immigrant parents from the Ukraine and Romania – and being the first in my family to go to university.

“I’ve lived in the UK for 50 years, so now I feel as if I have finally been accepted!”

Prof Cooper has been chair of the UK’s Academy of Social Sciences, an umbrella body of 46 learned societies in the social sciences representing 88,000 social scientists, since 2009. In 2001 he was awarded a CBE for his contribution to occupational safety and health. He was also lead scientist on the Government Office for Science Foresight project, Mental Capital and Wellbeing, in 2008. He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians, was the founding President of the British Academy of Management and is currently President of Relate.

He is the author or editor of more than 160 books and written more than 400 scholarly articles for academic journals. He is also a frequent contributor to national newspapers, TV and radio.

In addition, the head of Lancaster Medical School, Prof Anne Garden, has also been awarded the MBE for services to medical education.

She said: “It was totally out of the blue and I couldn’t believe it when I got the news.”