AE Cardiff Hub Director, Professor Ole Petersen CBE MAE FRS, pays tribute following the sad news of the death of HM Queen Elizabeth II.
The Director of the AE Cardiff Hub, Professor Ole Petersen CBE MAE FRS, who received his CBE from Her Majesty the Queen in 2008, said:
“Throughout her extraordinarily long reign, Queen Elizabeth represented with the utmost dignity and skill the ‘Great’ in Great Britain. The image of Queen Elizabeth was instantly recognised by everyone in the world and every British citizen, including all scientists, benefitted from the universal appreciation of our Queen.
I experienced this directly when I gave a series of lectures in China in 2019. Every poster announcing one of my lectures contained a picture of me with the Queen, which the organisers had found on the internet. No other introduction could have been so valuable.
The passing of Queen Elizabeth represents an immense and irreplaceable loss for all of us.”
AE Cardiff’s host institution, Cardiff University, has also extended its deepest condolences to members of the Royal Family. The University’s President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Colin Riordan MAE, has paid tribute to the ‘Queen’s inspirational sense of duty and devotion’.
Cardiff University has warmly welcomed Her Majesty the Queen on a number of occasions. In June 2016, Her Majesty visited with HRH The Duke of Edinburgh to officially open CUBRIC, Cardiff University’s Brain Research Imaging Centre, now home to the AE Cardiff Hub. Hub staff were honoured to be in attendance to witness such a special and memorable occasion.
In tribute, all University flags will fly at half-mast for the next 10 days.