Congratulations Distinguished Professor Nigel French, CNZM

6 June 2023

Distinguished Professor Nigel French recognised in King's Birthday honours

Inaugural director of the Centre, subsequently Chief Scientist and now Emeritus Director, Nigel French has been honoured for services to epidemiology, becoming a Companion of the NZ Order of Merit.  We are delighted by this well-deserved recognition. 

As well as establishing the Centre, Nigel played a key role in the response to COVID-19, as a member of the technical advisory committee and contributor to the genomics and modelling work.

His knowledge and experience have also been pivotal to the ongoing effort to eradicate Mycoplasma bovis.

Nigel was, therefore, well placed to help set up the new infectious diseases research platform, Te Niwha, which is planning optimal prevention and management of any future disease outbreaks.

Nigel never seeks the limelight, but works so hard behind the scenes.  He is appreciated for his unfailing grace and humility.

Many congratulations, Nigel.