Celebrated physicist from Wilburton is made OBE

Dr Helen Mason Dr Helen Mason

Monday, June 16, 2014
8:41 AM

Celebrated physicist Dr Helen Mason has been made an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours.

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in.

Celebrated physicist Dr Helen Mason has been made an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours.

Dr Mason, 64, from Wilburton, joined the University of Cambridge in 1978 and, in more than 35 years 
of work and study, has become a leading light in the world of astrophysics.

She is a fellow of both the Royal Astronomical Society and St Edmund’s College, Cambridge, and was awarded the 2010 Women of Outstanding Achievement award 
in recognition of her work in 
science.

Dr Mason is also passionate about education and visits schools across Cambridgeshire to demonstrate her work, studying the sun, to students.

She has been made an OBE for services to higher education and to women in science, engineering and technology.

Dr Mason a mother of two, admitted she was worried when she first received the letter from the Cabinet Office informing her of her honour.

She said: “When I first saw it I was a bit worried and thought ‘this is a bit odd’, but I was delighted and very surprised when I read it. It was a bit of a shock.”

She added that keeping news of her honour secret had proved particularly hard, with nobody from her family aware she had been made an OBE until it was officially published in the London Gazette on Saturday.

1 comment

  • Just a quick correction: Helen is a fellow of the Royal *Astronomical* Society. Astrology has been a rather different practice for some time now.

    Add your comment | Report this comment

    Dave Williams

    Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Homes24
Jobs24
Drive24
LocalSearch24
MyDate24
MyPhotos24
FamilyNotices24
Weddingsite

Click here to read more of our digital publications
Book my advert Wedding Show Wedding Fayres Paper delivery enquiries

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT