Sir Chris Whitty becomes Honorary Fellow

Published on
Monday 30 May 2022
Wolfson People

Professor Sir Chris Whitty, the Chief Medical Officer for England, has been elected to an Honorary Fellowship at Wolfson. 

During the COVID pandemic, Sir Chris became a household name as he delivered daily briefings to the nation. As a graduate student he read for a BM BCh in Clinical Medicine (1988) at Wolfson and was Chair of General Meeting (1990-91). He gave the College’s annual Haldane lecture in February on the role of science in emergencies. View it on our YouTube channel here.   

His experience in public health and science policy speaks to the quality of scientific research encouraged at Wolfson. Speaking of his election, Sir Chris said: "I am very honoured to be elected to this fellowship. I have huge respect for the mission of Wolfson, and its ability to train outstanding people in multiple sciences for public benefit."     

President Sir Tim Hitchens said: "We’re delighted to welcome Chris back into the Wolfson community; his calm objectivity shows the importance of good science to public policy"  

Sir Chris was an undergraduate at Pembroke College, Oxford.  

Honorary Fellowships are awarded to those whom the College holds in high esteem. You can find a list all of our fellows here.