Issue date: 14 November 2000

Dr Charles Pennock is to be awarded the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science in recognition of his outstanding contribution to clinical biochemistry, his work at the Bristol Children’s Hospital and Southmead Hospital, and his support for the Faculty of Applied Sciences at the University of the West of England.

Dr Pennock was educated at Varndean School, Brighton and the University of Bristol. He is married and has a son and daughter.

Dr Charles Pennock became a visiting lecturer at Bristol Polytechnic in 1967 and he made a significant contribution to the development of its Biomedical Sciences awards. He was an external examiner for some years. An eminent clinical biochemist, he first worked for the Bristol and Weston Health Authority in 1962 becoming a Consultant in Paediatric Chemical Pathology and in 1972 a Senior Lecturer in Child Health at the University of Bristol. His research has established his national and international reputation as an expert on inborn errors of metabolism, especially those causing mental retardation. This is reflected in his active membership of the Society for the study of Inborn Errors.

A Governor of the Institute of Child Health at the University of Bristol, Charles Pennock is also Founder Chair of the British Inherited Metabolic Disease Group.

Charles Pennock’s support and expertise has helped the University of the West of England establish an international reputation as a provider of education and training in the Biomedical Sciences. A past Chair of the University of the West of England’s Biomedical Sciences Advisory Group, he is currently a member of the Faculty of Applied Science’s Clinical Chemistry Advisory Group. He continues to work at Southmead Hospital where he still finds time for student placements under his guidance.

The Honorary Degree will be conferred at the awards ceremony of the Faculty of Applied Sciences on Tuesday 14 November 2000 at Bristol Cathedral at 11.30am.

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