In recognition of his “beneficiant benefaction”, the College of Cambridge introduced on Tuesday that its chemistry division will probably be named after Indian pharmaceutical main Cipla’s non-executive chairman Yusuf Hamied till 2050. Dr Hamied is a former alumnus of the world-renowned college and made a “transformational present” to his alma mater to make sure that chemistry at Cambridge College will proceed to be “world-leading in each instructing and analysis”.
His present endows each a fund to draw and assist the world’s brightest educational expertise in chemistry, together with distinctive early-career researchers in disciplines reminiscent of artificial natural chemistry, and excellent doctoral college students from the UK and world wide by way of the brand new Hamied Students Programme.
The division can be referred to as Yusuf Hamied Division of Chemistry.
“Cambridge gave me the inspiration of an schooling in chemistry, taught me learn how to reside and confirmed me learn how to contribute to society,” stated Dr Hamied.
“As a scholarship pupil myself, I’m delighted to have the ability to assist future generations of scholars. I’ll at all times be indebted to this nice establishment and all the pieces it stands for,” he stated.
Hamied has retained shut hyperlinks with the UK college over the previous 66 years, as a supporter of his personal Faculty — Christ’s — and the Division of Chemistry.
In 2018, he endowed one of many world’s oldest educational Chairs in Chemistry, now referred to as the Yusuf Hamied 1702 Chair. His educational mentor and supervisor, Nobel Laureate Lord Alexander Todd, held the Chair throughout Hamied’s time at Cambridge as an undergraduate and PhD pupil.
“We’re extraordinarily grateful to Dr Hamied for his visionary assist for Chemistry at Cambridge which can permit us to reply flexibly to future alternatives. His present will guarantee we proceed to draw excellent scientists who will make the discoveries that assist sort out among the most urgent challenges in world society,” stated Dr James Keeler, the Head of the Chemistry Division.
Hamied’s achievements listed by the college embody the “pioneering” provide of HIV/AIDS medicines to growing international locations at a low price, saving numerous lives. To assist sufferers through the COVID-19 pandemic, Cipla is once more offering medicines to healthcare organisations at reasonably priced costs, making remedy extra accessible, the college notes.
Professor Stephen J. Toope, the Vice-Chancellor of the college, stated: “Yusuf Hamied has demonstrated an unequivocal dedication to altering and enhancing lives since his time at Cambridge.
“I’m profoundly grateful for his outstanding present to the Division of Chemistry, which can profit generations of scholars and researchers.”
Amongst Hamied’s many honours embody an honorary fellowship of Christ’s Faculty in 2004; the Padma Bhushan, one of many highest Indian civilian awards in 2005; an honorary fellowship of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2012; and an honorary Doctorate of Science from the College of Cambridge in 2014.
In 2019, he was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society and a Fellow of the Indian Nationwide Science Academy.