Francis Wheen awarded honorary scholarship

The honorary fellowship was awarded alongside several Honoris Causa (Degree of Doctor of Science) from Royal Holloway. The fellows joining Wheen were Professor Whitfield Diffie, Dr Andrew Sentence and Dr Simon Singh MBE.

Whitfield Diffie is a US cryptographer and one of the pioneers of public-key cryptography. He is Chief Security Officer of Sun Microsystems, Vice-President and Sun Fellow.

Andrew Sentence is an external member of the Monetary Policy of the Bank of England, the body responsible for setting interest rates in the UK to meet the GovernmentÂ’s inflation target. He is also a part-time Professor at the University of Warwick and a member of the Commission for Integrated Transport, which provides advice to the Government on transport policy issues.

Simon Singh MBE is a high profile communicator of mathematics and science. In 1990 he joined the BBC’s Science Department where he was producer and director for programmes such as ‘Tomorrow’s World’ and ‘Horizon’. He has become famous following a ‘Horizon’ programme on Fermat’s Last Theorem and his subsequent best-selling book on the same topic.

Francis Wheen spoke about his book ‘How Mumbo Jumbo Conquered the World’ at Royal Holloway earlier this year and has been a supporter of The Founder since its inception. He had an award-winning column which ran in The Guardian for several years and is the Deputy Editor of Private Eye. His collected journalism – ‘Hoo-hahs and Passing Frenzies’ won him the George Orwell Prize in 2003. He is also a broadcaster and features as a regular panelist on BBC Radio 4’s News Quiz.

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