2007 Honorary Fellows

Stars of film, music, tarmac and television among Bangor’s Honorary Fellows!

Film star Rhys Ifans, who became a household name after his role in the film, Notting Hill, and who more recently gave a BAFTA -winning performance as Peter Cook in the bio-pic ‘Not only but Always’,  will be made an Honorary Fellow of Bangor University this summer.

Rhys heads a cast of ten individuals who will receive Honorary Fellowships during the University’s Degree Ceremonies this year (16-20 July 2007). Honorary Fellowship are the highest honour that the University can bestow and are awarded to people who have links with Wales or the University who have made a significant mark in their chosen field.

 “Our Honorary Fellows are drawn from a broad range of professions and careers, but each has made his or her own distinguished contribution, enriching their chosen field. We are delighted to be able to recognise talent and success,” said Dr. David Roberts, Registrar.

 Those to be awarded Honorary Fellowships are:

  • Dr. Edward John James Davies OBE                                                                  

Retired medical practitioner in Denbighshire; medical historian
(For services to the community)

  • Owain Arwel Hughes OBE

Principal Associate Conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and founder of the ‘Welsh Proms’
(For services to Music)

  • Rhys Ifans

Actor and film star; brought up in Ruthin
(For services to the film industry)

  • Siân James

Bangor graduate and Welsh traditional/folk singer and musician
(For services to the performing arts)

  • Dr. Owen T. Jones

Bangor graduate; Managing Director and founding partner of Ambiensis Ltd., an agro-environmental technology company
(For services to science and industry)

  • Dr. David Pritchard

Recently retired Medical Director of the North West Wales NHS Trust
(For services to medical education)

  • David Richards CBE

Winner of the 1981 World Rally Championship and now Chairman & Chief Executive of the Prodrive Group; a native of Ruthin
(For services to sport and business)

  • Professor Stefan Rahmstorf

Bangor postgraduate student, 1982/83 and now Professor of Physics of the Oceans at Potsdam University. Member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
(For services to environmental science)

  • Professor Emeritus J. Gwynn Williams, CBE

Bangor graduate, former Professor of Welsh History and former Vice-Principal of the University
(For services to the study of history)

  • Iolo Williams

BBC presenter and nature expert
(For services to the study of wildlife)