Sikh Cancer Researcher Harpal Singh Kumar Knighted

Harpal Singh Kumar, who is the chief executive of Cancer Research UK, has been honored for services to cancer research and being “hugely influential in promoting research into the prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of cancer, and cancer care.”

“CRUK’s income and research spend are at an all-time high. Under his leadership, it has been instrumental in pushing the government to take further measures to reduce smoking and to ban sun-beds for under-18s,” Kumar’s citation reads.

“He also chaired the Independent Cancer Taskforce and authored the NHS Cancer Strategy ‘Achieving World Class Cancer Outcomes. A Strategy for England 2015-20′, published in July 2015,” it said.

Kumar leads this year’s honors list of Indian-origin names, covering fields of entrepreneurship, financial services and community service.

“He has been instrumental in setting up the Francis Crick Institute as a world-leading center of biomedical research and innovation,” the citation added.

Simranjit Kaur of Sikh educational charity Basics of Sikhi said, “Harpal’s work in cancer research is another example of the Sikh contribution to humanity, something which is a core principle of the Sikh faith. Hopefully we will see many more Sikhs like him contribute to tackling some of the world’s bigger issues.”

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