Prof Barry Halliwell awarded King’s College Honorary Doctorate

Professor Barry Halliwell, Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Professor and Senior Advisor to the Provost at NUS, has received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from King’s College London.

An internationally acclaimed biochemist, and one of the world’s most highly cited researchers in biology and biochemistry, Prof Halliwell is distinguished especially for his seminal work on the role of free radicals and antioxidants in biological systems: both plants and humans. He is currently Chairman of the Biomedical Research Council of the Singapore Agency for Science, Technology and Research. 

The King’s College citation read, “For 25 years Barry Halliwell forged his career as an international scientific leader at King’s. After obtaining first class honours in biochemistry and his DPhil at Oxford, he came to King’s as a lecturer in biochemistry in 1974, became Reader in Biochemistry in 1985, and in 1988 was appointed Professor of Medical Biochemistry in King’s Division of Pharmacology. In 1986 he was awarded the University of London DSc for his work on the biochemistry of free radical reactions in plant and animal systems, and from 1995 to 1999 he concurrently held a visiting professorship at the University of California, Davis.

Prof Halliwell joined NUS as Head of the Department of Biochemistry in 2000, and in 2006 went on to become NUS’s first Deputy President for Research and Technology for a 10-year period. He is often regarded as the father of the rapidly evolving field of free radical biology, and he continues to be very active in research as Programme Leader of NUS’s Neurobiology/Ageing Research Programme.

Professor Halliwell has published some 450 original data papers and he is one of the UK’s most highly cited scientists. His achievements have been widely recognised, including through fellowship of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Singapore Neuroscience Association; the Singapore President’s Science and Technology Medal; the Lifetime Achievement Award of the US Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine; and the Ken Bowman Research Award for outstanding achievements in the field of cardiovascular research from the Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences of Canada.