Professor Peter Checkland and Ian Miller MBE have been
awarded Honorary Fellowships in recognition of their distinguished service.
The Chancellor Sir Christian Bonington presented the
fellowships at a dinner hosted by the Vice-Chancellor Professor Mark E. Smith.
Professor Peter Checkland
Following a successful career with ICI, Professor
Checkland became Professor of Commercial Systems at Lancaster in 1969. He pioneered
impact-led research, and with colleagues developed Soft Systems Methodology which
enables managers to engage with real life situations. His SSM based approach to
problem solving in organisations is now taught around the world, in the public,
private and voluntary sectors.
An eminent scholar, his publications are now classic
texts and the International Council for Systems Engineering named him as one of
the most influential people in the field. He also served as Chairman of
Lancaster University Management School.
Ian Miller MBE
Awarded an MBE in the 2012 New Year’s Honours List, Ian
Miller is one of the world’s leading low temperature technicians and has
contributed greatly to the success of Lancaster’s Ultralow Temperature project.
He worked in the Microkelvin Group in the Department of Physics with Professor
George Pickett FRS who said that Ian’s contribution had been vital to the
success of the group and to his own award of Fellow of the Royal Society.
He has helped other low temperature groups around the
world by providing Lancaster experience and technology which can now be found
productively operating across Europe, North America and the Middle East.
His services to physics were recognised in 2010 when he
received a Royal Society Hauksbee Award created to reward the unsung heroes of