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Prof Dame Parveen Kumar and Dr Michael Clark, the authors of the world-famous textbook Kumar & Clark's Clinical Medicine are now Honorary Fellows of RCPI.
Clinical Medicine will be instantly familiar to many, if not all, of you. It is credited with improvements in the education of medical students, doctors and nurses in training all over the world thanks to its prize-winning formula of excellence, comprehensiveness and accessibility.
This landmark publication has won numerous awards including: First prize winner Digital and Online Resources 2013 (eighth edition), and First prize winner for Medicine BMA Medical Book Awards 2010 (seventh edition); 2006 (sixth edition).
In the words of the British Journal of Hospital Medicine: "The title of Kumar and Clark is now legendary. It is regarded by many as the "must-have" textbook for budding and qualified doctors and the "gold standard" when compared against competitor textbooks."
Professor Kumar worked as Dr Clark’s gastroenterology registrar in Bart’s London. Clinical Medicine was developed in 1985 while the pair were working together. The decision not to include any history, Latin terms, or trade names was made. The authors were very careful about how the book was written, because they wanted it to be used globally. Clinical Medicine is now sold in almost every country in the world, and translated into Turkish, Italian, Greek, and Chinese. It sells thousands of copies every year.
Parveen June Kumar was conferred the prestigious Dames Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for services to medicine and medical education in 2017. She is Professor of Medicine and Education at Barts and the London School of Medicine, Queen Mary, University of London.
Professor Louise Richardson became Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford on 1 January 2016, having previously served as Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of St Andrews, Scotland, for seven years.
A political scientist by training, Professor Richardson received a BA in History from Trinity College Dublin in her native Ireland. She then studied in the USA, graduating with an MA in Political Science from UCLA, and subsequently an MA and PhD in Government from Harvard University.
Professor Richardson’s research specialises in international security with a particular emphasis on terrorist movements. She has written widely on international terrorism, British foreign and defence policy, security institutions, and international relations. Her publications include Democracy and Counterterrorism: Lessons from the Past (2007), What Terrorists Want: Understanding the Enemy, Containing the Threat (2006), The Roots of Terrorism (2006), and When Allies Differ (1996).
Professor Richardson’s commitment to teaching won her both the Levenson Prize and the Abramson Prize during her time at Harvard University where she was Assistant and Associate Professor in the Harvard Government Department from 1989 to 2001, serving as Head Tutor for several of those years. As Executive Dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard 2001-8, she was instrumental in its transformation into an interdisciplinary centre promoting scholarship across academic fields and the creative arts.
Professor Richardson has lectured on the subject of terrorism and counter-terrorism to public, professional, media and education groups across the world, and served on the editorial boards of a number of journals and presses. Her work has been widely recognised through the awarding of prizes such as the Sumner Prize for work towards the prevention of war and the establishment of universal peace and with Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Centennial Medal. She also holds honorary doctorates from the Universities of Aberdeen and St Andrews in Scotland; Trinity College Dublin and Queen’s University Belfast in Ireland; Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) in Russia; and the University of the West Indies.
The Vice-Chancellor currently serves as a trustee on a number of non-profit groups, including the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Booker Prize Foundation and the Scottish WWI Commemorations Panel. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the Academy of Social Sciences in the United Kingdom, an Honorary Member of the Royal Irish Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Dr Stanley Quek is the executive chairman of Greencliff and former CEO of Frasers Property Australia. He trained in Ireland as a medical doctor and worked as a family doctor in Singapore for nearly 20 years.
He has always been passionate about design and building things. On a trip to Australia in 1992, he came across property and decided to manage property and developments with a partner.
As he got more into urban regeneration he moved on from location to creating communities such as Kensington Street, in Chippendale, Sydney, which is now a hip foodie enclave with a Singaporean flavour. A mix of old and new sits cheek by jowl along the 160m stretch. There are cottages dating back to the 1840s, industrial warehouses and modern glass structures.
Dr Stanley Quek describes himself as an "accidental restaurateur".
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