Philanthropist and alumnus honoured by Queen

Hanne and Jeremy Grantham, visiting the University of Sheffield in December last year.
Hanne and Jeremy Grantham, visiting the University of Sheffield in December last year.

World-renowned philanthropist and University of Sheffield alumnus Jeremy Grantham has been named a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his exceptional services to climate change research.

Mr Grantham, Co-founder and Chief Strategist of global investment group GMO and Co-founder of the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment, donated £2.6 million to the University in 2014 to establish the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures.

Since its launch, the Grantham Centre has received international recognition for tackling global challenges such as food and energy security and last November its academics and scholars joined world leaders and policy makers at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris.

Mr Grantham, who is married to wife and Grantham Foundation co-founder Hannelore, was brought up in Doncaster and graduated from the University of Sheffield with a degree in Economics in 1961. He received an Honorary Doctorate from the University in 2012.

The Grantham Foundation is based in Boston in the United States of America and is dedicated to raising awareness of urgent environmental issues and supports individuals and organisations working to find solutions.

Professor Sir Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, said:

“This is really wonderful news for Jeremy, for the Grantham Centre and for his university, which is so proud of all he has achieved and the courage and judgment he brings to the cause of sustainability.

“You have only to see Jeremy and his wife Hannelore with our exceptional Grantham Scholars to see how they inspire this new generation of activist scholars, determined to use the knowledge they are developing to make a difference in the world.”

The Grantham Centre at the University of Sheffield is a hub of outstanding interdisciplinary research and innovative sustainability solutions which are helping to meet these challenges. The revolutionary research conducted at the Centre focuses on two immediate issues:

  • Enough for Everyone‘ – making sure that people everywhere have enough clean water and nutritious, safe and appropriate food as well as reliable, affordable and clean energy to meet their needs.
  • Reducing Global Consumption‘ – slowing the depletion of natural resources and emissions of greenhouse gases, to make sure that society’s needs are met without compromising the needs of future generations.

However, the Grantham Centre is not only pioneering research and real life solutions to urgent issues facing today’s society – through its innovative PhD programme it is also building a global community of sustainability leaders of tomorrow.

The 29 Grantham scholars continue to develop the expertise to carry out excellent research, an interdisciplinary perspective on sustainability, the skills and confidence to take leadership roles, the political awareness to engage in public and policy debates and the commitment to take action.