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UoA Composer and Urological Surgeon Scientist Recognised in New Year’s Honours

Professors Mealor and N’Dow Receive Royal Honours for Contributions to Music and Science

By Clive Davies

By University of Aberdeen

Professors Paul Mealor and James N’Dow have both been recognised in the New Year’s Honours list for their contributions to their respective fields.

Mealor, Professor of Composition, has been named a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order, a personal gift by the King given to those who have served him or the monarchy in a personal capacity.

Professor Mealor’s career has seen him write music for a host of important royal events including the Coronation of the King as well as the wedding of the Prince and Princess of Wales

Professor N’Dow, University of Aberdeen and NHS Grampian, Chair in Urological Surgery, Director of the Academic Urology Unit and co-founder of UCAN the urological cancer charity, has become an OBE for his contributions to the field of urology, his related cancer research and for his voluntary clinical and academic work.

Professor N’Dow’s 22 year career has included internationally recognised urological research as well as the securing of research grants and philanthropic contributions worth more than £60 million.

Professor Mealor spoke that he was ‘truly honoured’ to become a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order.

“I am truly humbled to be included in the New Year’s Honours list at the invitation of His Majesty, it has been a privilege and a joy to compose music for occasions to celebrate key moments in the lives and service of the Royal Family,” said Professor Mealor. 

“Hearing my ‘Coronation Kyrie’ performed by the wonderful Sir Bryn Terfel, accompanied by the famous Choir of Westminster Abbey, is a memory which will last a lifetime and I am thankful for the many wonderful opportunities I have been afforded. Joining the Royal Victorian Order is the pinnacle of my musical career.” 

Professor N’Dow, who was awarded the St Peter’s Medal in July by the British Association of Urological Surgeons for ‘notable contribution to the advancement of urology’ said: 

“I am genuinely shocked and incredibly humbled at being recognised in this way and while the OBE may be in my name, I never work on my own. I am simply representing fantastic groups of colleagues who work tirelessly and have sacrificed so much to walk with us towards a shared purpose. 

“This award is about the local businesses and ordinary citizens of Grampian who have supported our urology cancer services via the UCAN charity. It is also about the trust and friendship of colleagues I work closely with in the University of Aberdeen, NHS Grampian, across Europe, the European Association of Urology, colleagues in The Gambia and globally. Finally, this award is about family because they sacrifice the most for journeys like mine.”

Sir Iain Torrance KCVO, Pro-Chancellor of the University, added: “I cannot say how delighted I am by this news. They are both dear friends and in their different fields they so richly deserve these honours. It’s simply wonderful.”

Professor George Boyne, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University, said: “These honours are a fitting tribute to the outstanding work and commitment to their respective fields as shown by Professor Mealor and Professor N’Dow over many years.”  


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