Professor Colin Blakemore, FRS, FMedSci, Emeritus Professor of Neuroscience and Emeritus Fellow of Magdalen College, was knighted for services to scientific research, policy and outreach. Sir Colin was Waynflete Professor of Physiology from 1979 to 2007, and Professor of Neuroscience from 2007 to 2012. He is currently Director of the Centre for the Study of the Senses, at the Institute of Philosophy, School of Advanced Study, University of London. He said: 'Life has its ups and downs: this is definitely an up! Being a scientist is a delight, but also a privilege. The progress of science depends on the confidence of the public and politicians, and I’ve always believed that scientists have an obligation to share their excitement, their knowledge and also their concerns with the whole of society. Scientists must be prepared to engage in debate and dialogue, even on difficult and challenging issues, if we are to maintain the trust of society and the support of government. I’m especially pleased, then, that this honour has recognised my efforts to contribute to the dialogue between science and society. I hope that it will be seen as recognition for the efforts of all those scientists who devote time and energy to public communication.'
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