Children of 90s founder receives honorary degree
PROFESSOR Jean Golding OBE, who founded the Children of the 90s project, has received an honorary degree from the University of Bristol.
In 1991 and 1992, more than 14,500 pregnant women in Bristol and the surrounding area joined a study that has followed them and their babies, recording information to be used by scientists to discover more about aspects of health from disease and diet to upbringing and genetics.
The project, officially called the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, has led to significant discoveries by researchers.
Yesterday Prof Golding was awarded a Doctor of Laws degree at the Wills Memorial Building.
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She said: "This I see as an honour not just for me but for the thousands of participants whose incredible dedication and generosity over the last 21 years has helped to change the lives of so many people around the world."
â John Rutley was awarded a Doctor of Laws degree to mark his business success and philanthropic work to get children involved in sport. Mr Rutley, born and bred in Bristol, established A-Gas International, which distributes speciality chemicals for use in industries around the world.