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The Editors of High Temperatures – High Pressures proudly announce that one member of its Editorial Board, William (Bill) A. Wakeham, has been awarded Knight Bachelor in the 2009 Queen’s Birthday Honours. The Editors would like to join all the members of the thermophysical properties community in congratulating warmly Sir William Wakeham for his outstanding academic, scientific and personal achievements.

Bill obtained a First Class Honors degree in Physics and a Ph.D. in 1969 both from the University of Exeter. He spent the following two years at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, working with Joseph Kestin. In 1971 Bill returned to the UK as a Lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College, London. The following decades were dedicated to construction of a research group concerned with further understanding of intermolecular forces and to do so the development of state-of-the-art techniques for the measurement of thermal conductivity and viscosity for fluids. In 2001 Bill took the post of Vice Chancellor at Southampton University, one of the UK’s top research establishments, strengthening the organizations research base while expanding it to become one of the leading entrepreneurial universities in the UK.

Among his numerous activities at the service of the thermophysics community, Bill has always been a very active supporter of our journal. We want to especially recall that he was among the first authors to submit again to the relaunched journal in 2008.

On the occasion of his ennoblement, and, in coincidence, of his retirement, a special William A. Wakeham Retirement Symposium was organized on October 3, 2009, in Turcifal (Portugal). Details can be found at

At this commemorative occasion the editors would like to express hearty thanks to Bill and wish him to share with Lady Wakeham a very happy retirement. They hope for a continuing fruitful cooperation with Bill as member of the editorial board of High Temperatures – High Pressures.

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