Jo Dunkley, Professor of Physics and Astrophysical Sciences was recently recognized by the United Kingdom for her achievements and services to science. King George V established the Order of the British Empire in 1917 as an order of chivalry to reward individuals for exceptional civil achievement or military service. Professor Dunkley has been distinguished with the rank of Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE). She has dedicated her career to research in cosmology, the branch of astronomy studying the origins and evolution of the universe, and to sharing her research with the public. She has previously been recognized as a member of the Planck Team with the Gruber Cosmology Prize for her contributions to analysis of the cosmic microwave background, and her current work includes analyzing data from observations using the Atacama Cosmology Telescope, the Simons Observatoryand the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST).
The British government published its New Year’s Honours List 2019 in December with a total of 1,148 award recipients listed. It announces a number of different categories of awards given out with each one recognizing a particular service to the Sovereign and country. The awards are highly selective and represent some of Britain’s top contributors in various fields and activities. Awards are given out twice a year; on New Year’s Day and on the Sovereign’s official birthday.
A full list of The New Year’s Honours List 2019 recipients can be read here