Leszek Borysiewicz

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Sir Leszek Borysiewicz FRS FMedSci
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Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, in academic dress, at the Senate House in July 2014
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge
Incumbent
Assumed office
1 October 2010
Chancellor Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Lord Sainsbury of Turville
Preceded by Alison Richard
Personal details
Born (1951-04-13) April 13, 1951 (age 63)
Cardiff, Wales
Nationality British
Residence Cambridge, England
Alma mater Welsh National School of Medicine
Royal Postgraduate Medical School
Occupation Academic

Sir Leszek Krzysztof "Boris" Borysiewicz, FRS FMedSci (born 13 April 1951) is a British[1] immunologist and scientific administrator. He is currently the 345th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, his term of office (a maximum of seven years)[2] having started on 1 October 2010.[3][4] Borysiewicz was formerly chief executive of the United Kingdom's Medical Research Council.[5][6]

Biography[edit]

Leszek Krzysztof Borysiewicz (known as Boris[7]) was born in Cardiff, Wales. His parents, Jan Borysiewicz and Zofia Helena Borysiewicz (née Woloszyn), were Polish World War II-era refugees that came to the UK with the Anders' Army.[8] Borysiewicz studied medicine at Welsh National School of Medicine and received a Ph.D from the Royal Postgraduate Medical School in 1986 for thesis titled Cell mediated immunity to human cytomegalovirus infection (cytotoxic T cell and natural killer cell mediated lysis of human cytomegalovirus infected cells).[9] He pursued a career in academic medicine at the University of Cambridge, where he was a fellow of Wolfson College, and then as a consultant at Hammersmith Hospital. He then headed the Department of Medicine at the University of Wales before joining Imperial College London, where he was promoted to Deputy Rector responsible "for the overall academic and scientific direction of the College,"[10] In September 2007, it was reported he would succeed Colin Blakemore as the 9th head of the Medical Research Council, a national organisation that supports medical science with an annual budget of around £500 million.[6][11][12][13]

Borysiewicz's research focuses on viral immunology, infectious disease, and viral-induced cancer. He has co-authored and co-edited a number of books on these subjects, including Vaccinations.[14] In the 2001 New Year Honours he was made a knight bachelor for services to vaccine research[15] In 2002 he was awarded the Moxon Trust Medal of the Royal College of Physicians. He is also a Governor of the Wellcome Trust, a council member of Cancer Research UK, a founding fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences[16] and co-chair of the MRC's advisory group on stem cell research.[6] He was awarded an honorary doctorate of medicine in 2010 at The University of Sheffield. He is also a Founding Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wightwick, Abbie (31 March 2012). "The son of Cardiff immigrants on family values and becoming Vice Chancellor of Cambridge University". WalesOline. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Appointment of Vice-Chancellor prospectus, 2009
  3. ^ "Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz confirmed as next Vice-Chancellor". 
  4. ^ "Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz nominated as next Vice-Chancellor". University of Cambridge. 2009-11-26. 
  5. ^ Nigel Hawkes, Mobile phones don’t cause cancer – in the short-term. Long-term, who knows?, The Times, September 13, 2007
  6. ^ a b c Roger Highfield, Medical Research Council's new head announced, The Daily Telegraph, September 12, 2007
  7. ^ Pagano, Margareta (17 February 2014). "Why Cambridge is at the heart of Britain's economic recovery". The Independent. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  8. ^ They both were from modern day Belarus. Borysiewicz is a Belarusian nobility name. Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz Extended biography
  9. ^ "Cell mediated immunity to human cytomegalovirus infection (cytotoxic T cell and natural killer cell mediated lysis of human cytomegalovirus infected cells)". Imperial College Library catalogue. Retrieved 30 Nov 2012. 
  10. ^ Rector and Principal Officers » Professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, Imperial College London website, Retrieved September 22, 2007
  11. ^ Baker, M. (2008). "Banking on the future of stem cells". Nature 452 (7185): 263. doi:10.1038/452263a. PMID 18354439.  edit
  12. ^ The Lancet (2007). "Borysiewicz invited to lead UK Medical Research Council". The Lancet 370 (9592): 1008–1022. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(07)61452-4. PMID 17889223.  edit
  13. ^ Hopkin, M. (2007). "Borysiewicz to head UK medical council". Nature 449 (7159): 121–121. doi:10.1038/449121a. PMID 17851479.  edit
  14. ^ Beverley, Peter (2002). Vaccination. Oxford: Published for the British Council by Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-851627-4. 
  15. ^ Honorary Fellows 2006, University of Cardiff, July 3, 2006
  16. ^ Sir Leszek K Borysiewicz professional activities, Imperial College London website, Retrieved September 22, 2007
Academic offices
Preceded by
Alison Richard
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge
2010–Present
Succeeded by
Present incumbent