University Professor receives two top honours in one day

A University of Aberdeen academic recently celebrated receiving two prestigious honours in the same day.

Last month, Professor Tim Ingold, Chair in Social Anthropology, was made Knight, First Class, of the Order of the White Rose of Finland.

Professor Ingold received this honour, the highest that can be awarded to a non-Finnish national, for his service to UK-Finnish relations, especially in the field of higher education.  He was presented with his medal by the Finnish Ambassador, Mr Pekka Huhtaniemi, at the Amassador’s residence in London.

Later the same day, at the British Museum, Professor Ingold also received the Huxley Memorial Medal of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, the highest honour that the Institute presents. In addition to receiving his medal, he also delivered the annual Huxley Memorial Lecture to an audience of fellow academics and members of the public.

Professor Ingold said: “It is a tremendous honour to receive one award, not to mention two. I am thoroughly delighted to have been recognised by my distinguished peers and it is lovely to have my 40 year career honoured in this way.”

Professor Margaret Ross, Vice Principal and Head of the College of Arts and Social Sciences, added: “I am absolutely thrilled that Professor Ingold has been recognised for his tremendous service to academia over the last 40 years.

“He is an extremely worthy recipient of these awards, and the contribution he has made in his field is hugely significant.

“The University community is extremely proud of these accomplishments.”