Indian-origin professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya awarded Regius Professorship by Queen

Jun 9, 2016 08:16 IST

Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), at the University of Warwick, which was founded by renowned Indian-origin Professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya, on 7 June 2016 was bestowed the Regius Professorship in Manufacturing by Queen Elizabeth II.

Who is Kumar Bhattacharyya?

Lord Bhattacharyya is an Indian British engineer, educator and government advisor.

In 1980, he became Professor of Manufacturing Systems at the University of Warwick and founded the Warwick Manufacturing Group.

He studied Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.

He moved to Britain in the 1960s where he worked for six years as a graduate apprentice at Lucas Industries.

He studied at the University of Birmingham where he attained an MSc in Engineering Production and Management and a PhD in Engineering Production.

He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1997 New Year Honours and knighted in 2003.

On 3 June 2004, he was created a life peer as Baron Bhattacharyya, of Moseley in the County of West Midlands.

He sits on the Labour benches in the House of Lords.

In 2014, he was elected as a Fellow of The Royal Society.

About Regius Professor

A Regius professor is a university professor with royal patronage or appointment.

They are a unique feature of academia in the British Isles.

The first Regius professorship was in the field of medicine, and founded by the Scottish King James IV at Aberdeen University in 1497.

Regius professors are traditionally addressed as Regius and not Professor.

Glasgow University currently has the highest number of extant Regius chairs, at thirteen.

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