Almost 50 years since he began his tertiary education at the University of Tasmania, Professor Sir Edward Byrne AC has been awarded a Knight Bachelor in the UK’s 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Sir Edward, who is a neuroscientist and clinician by background, was knighted for services to higher education.
He is currently the President and Principal of King’s College London and Chairman of King’s Health Partners. Prior to this appointment, he was the Vice-Chancellor of Monash University.
Sir Edward started his education at the University of Tasmania, where he was awarded a Bachelor of Medical Science (1971), Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (First-Class Honours) (1974) and a Doctor of Medicine (1984).
He has been described as one of the most influential figures of his generation in Australian medicine, medical research, and university leadership.
In 2010 he was awarded the University’s Distinguished Alumni Award. He received the AO (Officer of the Order of Australia) in 2006 and the AC (Companion of the Order of Australia) in 2014.
He is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, the Royal Colleges of Physicians of Edinburgh and London, the American Academy and the American Association of Neurology.
In addition to his extensive clinical and research achievements in Australia and the UK, Sir Edward has served on a number of charitable trusts and provided advice in the neurology area to several community-based organisations.