As part of Queen Elizabeth II's Official Birthday, Buckingham Palace released the Queen's Birthday Honours List. Among those honored with a knighthood was Professor Mark Edward Welland of the University of Cambridge, where he heads the Nanoscience Centre and also currently serves as Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK Ministry of Defence. Professor Welland is also the former editor of Nanotechnology, published by the Institute of Physics.
Professor Welland's knighthood is in recognition of a distinguised career in science and teaching. The rank is that of a Knight Bachelor, which has nothing to do with his marital status, but instead indicates that he is not a member of one of the Chivalric Orders, such as the Order of the British Emprire or the Order of the Garter.