06 February 2008
Canterbury Christ Church University officially welcomed an eminent scientist and the Bishop for the Church of South India into its honorary fellowship at two graduation ceremonies at Canterbury Cathedral on Friday 1st February.
The University conferred honorary fellowships upon Professor John Todd and The Right Reverend Dr John Gladstone at 10.30am and 2.30pm respectively.
Vice Chancellor of Canterbury Christ Church University, Professor Michael Wright, said:“The award of an honorary fellowship is intended to formally recognise the exceptional service and achievements a person has made in the fields of education and public life. In addition these two outstanding individuals have both made a valuable contribution to this University and we are delighted to confer an honorary fellowship upon them.”
John Todd was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, and gained his BSc and PhD degrees in Chemistry at Leeds University. He was appointed to the University of Kent as an Assistant Lecturer in Chemistry in 1965, following two years post-doctoral research as a Fulbright Research Scholar at Yale University, USA. He has devoted most of his research career to the design and development of instrumentation for chemical analysis. He was a member of the team that pioneered the Ion Trap Mass Spectrometer, and is participating in the 'Rosetta' space mission to analyse a comet, scheduled to arrive at its target in 2014. He was promoted to Professor of Mass Spectroscopy at the University of Kent in 1991 and his research has been recognised through numerous awards. He has co-authored and edited over 100 scientific papers, books and journals on the subject.
John has also been involved with outside authorities and served on many boards and trusts, including various University and Government bodies. He has enjoyed a working connection with Canterbury Christ Church continuously since 1977. He has served on the Academic Board and on the Governing Body (including 10 years as Chairman of the Audit Committee), and has been directly involved with all the evolutionary stages of the institution.
John Todd has been married to his wife Mavis for 44 years, and they have three sons and several grandchildren.
Dr John Gladstone is Bishop of the Church of South India and was born on 25th December 1945 at Neyyattinkara near Trivandrum.
John was educated in different villages according to where his father, Reverend J Wilson, was currently serving. He graduated from the University College in Trivandrum in 1968 with a Master degree. In 1969 he joined the United Theological College Bangalore for theological studies and completed his bachelors degree in 1972 and Masters in 1975. Meanwhile John served the diocese as a youth pastor and in 1975 was appointed by his diocese to teach in the Kerala United Theological Seminary. In 1978 he joined the University of Hamburg for his doctoral studies and completed in 1983 with Magna–cum–laude.
John returned to India and continued the teaching ministry, in 1991 becoming the principal of the Seminary and in 1997 consecrated Bishop of the South Kerala Diocese.
John has served many national and international Christian bodies and was also President of the Senate of Serampore College (University), the only theological University in India
As Bishop he started many professional institutions in the diocese, a Medical College and educational institutions. Using his connection with Professor Wright, Vice Chancellor of the University, he initiated exchange programmes in the teaching of English and Nursing.
John is married to Hepzi who is an educationist and they have two children.
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