On 20th October 2021, BioPharmaSpec Chairman and CSO, Prof. Howard R. Morris, was awarded the honour of a Doctor of Science Degree honoris causa at Imperial College London's Commemoration Day for the Faculty of Natural Sciences.
Professor Howard R. Morris FRS gained a PhD in Biophysics from the University of Leeds in 1970. Following postdoctoral work at the University of Cambridge, he joined the Staff of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology and in 1975 came to Imperial College London as a Lecturer in Biochemistry, where he is currently Emeritus Professor of Biological Chemistry and a Senior Research Investigator. The recipient of numerous awards for his pioneering work in biomolecular mass spectrometry, Professor Morris’s work has included a number of discoveries at the structure and method development levels.
Skip forward to 1:17:00 in the below video to watch Prof. Morris accept his award!
Appointed Professor of Biological Chemistry in 1980, between 1985–88, Professor Morris was Head of Department of Biochemistry and Joint Head of Life Sciences at Imperial College London. He has held visiting professorships throughout his career, including in the USA, USSR, Italy and Canada, and is the co-author of some 430 peer-reviewed papers of scientific research.
In 1979, Professor Morris founded the M-SCAN group of companies across the UK, USA, Switzerland and Germany, a mass spectrometry consultancy that offered specialist analytical services to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and petroleum industries.
In 2014, he founded BioPharmaSpec (UK/USA), which offers pioneering discovery and pre-clinical biopharmaceutical services.
Appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1988, Professor Morris’s other honours and awards include the Biochemical Society Gold Medal (1978); University of Naples Gold Medal (1989); Rector’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (1996 and 2001); Dottore Honoris Causa in Biotechnology, University of Naples (2005); the Blaise Pascale Medal and Prize for Life Sciences and Medicine, European Academy of Sciences (2010); the Institute of Physics Franklin Medal and Prize (2012); the Royal Medal (Queen’s Medal) and Prize for Interdisciplinary Sciences, The Royal Society (2014); and an Honorary D.Sc., University of Leeds (2015).