Yusuf Hamied, Polish-born Indian scientist and the chairman of Cipla,honoured as ‘generous benefaction’ by the University of Cambridge on Tuesday, December 01, 2020. The Chemistry department of the university will be named after him until 2050.
Dr Hamied is a former alumnus of Cambridge University and made a ‘transformational gift’ to his alma mater and ensured that the chemistry of the university will continue to be ‘world-leading in both teaching and research’.
Hamied Scholars Programme
Scholars from across the world and the UK can study at Cambridge University’s chemistry department.
Who can apply under Hamied Scholars Programme?
Candidates can apply at Hamied Scholars Programme including exceptional early-career researchers in disciplines such as synthetic organic chemistry, and outstanding doctoral students.
The department would be known as Yusuf Hamied Department of Chemistry.
Token of thanks by Dr Yusuf Hamied
“Cambridge gave me the foundation of an education in chemistry, taught me how to live and showed me how to contribute to society,” said Dr Hamied.
“As a scholarship student myself, I am delighted to be able to support future generations of students. I will always be indebted to this great institution and everything it stands for,” he said.
University of Cambridge and Dr Yusuf Hamied relationship
In 2018, he endowed one of the world’s oldest academic Chairs in Chemistry, now known as the Yusuf Hamied 1702 Chair. His academic mentor and supervisor, Nobel Laureate Lord Alexander Todd, held the Chair during Hamied’s time at Cambridge as an undergraduate and PhD student.
“We are extremely thankful to Dr Hamied for his visionary support for Chemistry at Cambridge which will allow us to respond flexibly to future opportunities. His gift will ensure we continue to attract outstanding scientists who will make the discoveries that help tackle some of the most pressing challenges in global society,” said Dr James Keeler, the Head of the Chemistry Department.
Dr Yusuf Hamied’s list of achievements
Dr Yusuf Hamied’s achievements supply of HIV/AIDS medicines to developing countries at a low cost.
Cipla is providing affordable medicines during the Covid-19 pandemic.
He received the fellowship of Christ’s College in 2004; the Padma Bhushan, one of the 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 University of Cambridge in 2014.
In 2019, he was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society and a Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy
Words of appreciation for Dr Yusuf Hamied
Professor Stephen J. Toope, the Vice-Chancellor of the university, said: “Yusuf Hamied has demonstrated an unequivocal commitment to changing and improving lives since his time at Cambridge.
“I am profoundly grateful for his remarkable gift to the Department of Chemistry, which will benefit generations of students and researchers.”