Prof Harshad Kumar Dharamshi Bhadeshia, Tata Steel Professor of Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge, was conferred one of the highest honours awarded for services to science and technology.
He was awarded by Queen Elizabeth II to mark her official birthday. The Queen turned 89 on April 21 but as per royal tradition celebrates her official birthday on a Saturday in the summer month of June.
Born in Kenya to Indian parents, he moved to the UK in the 70s and studied at the City of London Polytechnic now London Metropolitan University where he graduated with a B.Sc. in 1976.
"Prof Bhadeshia has not only performed brilliant basic research on steels but has brought a number of the new steels he has developed to manufacture. For example, his new carbide-free steel for railway lines is now in use in the Channel Tunnel, the Swiss rail network and the French tram system," the official citation said.
The list is prepared annually by the UK Cabinet Office based on nominations for people who have undertaken outstanding work in their communities, either in a voluntary or paid capacity.