Queen Elizabeth II knighted Indian-origin cancer researcher Harpal Singh Kumar


Queen Elizabeth II Knighthood an Indian-origin cancer research expert Harpal Singh Kumar on 31 December 2015 for his influential work on prevention and treatment of cancer. In the annual New Year’s Honours list several other Indian-origin persons are included with Singh.

  • Samir Desai the founder-CEO of Funding Circle received a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his work in the field of financial inclusion.

About Harpal Singh Kumar

  • Harpal Singh Kumar was born in 1965.
  • His parents moved to India from Pakistan during partition and later moved to Britain.
  • Kumar has done his graduate and MA degree from St. John’s College, University of Cambridge, and also had won the Mobil Prize, Metal Box Prize, and Hughes Prize.
  • He successively obtained MBA degree with High Distinction as a Baker Scholar at Harvard Business School and he also had won the Ford Prize and the Wolfe Prize.
  • Then he joined McKinsey and Co. as a healthcare consultant.
  • He was appointed chief executive of the disability charity the Papworth Trust, in 1992.
  • He is also a trustee of the Francis Crick Institute and the Institute for Cancer Research.
  • He is the chairman of the Board of the National Cancer Research Institute.
  • He is also chairman of the Cancer Outcomes Strategy Advisory Group in England and co-chair of the National Awareness and Early Diagnosis Initiative.

About Knighthood

  • A knighthood is one of the highest honours an individual in the United Kingdom can achieve.
  • A knighthood carries no military obligations to the Sovereign.
  • The Queen or a member of the Royal Family presents knighthoods in Britain either at a public investiture or privately.
  • The ceremony involves the ceremonial dubbing of the knight by The Queen and the presentation of insignia.

- Published/Last Modified on: January 1, 2016