- By Orla Moore
- BBC News, Cambridgeshire
A pioneer of location tracking technology has been appointed an OBE in the King’s New Year Honours.
Dr Sabesan Sithamparanathan, founder of Cambridge company PervasID, has invented a real-time location tracking system used by NHS trusts, hospitals, aircraft manufacturers and manufacturers. odd.
He was among 105 people in the East honored for exceptional contributions to their communities.
He said he was “absolutely delighted” to receive the award.
Dr Sithamparanathan was recognized for his contributions to technological innovation and the promotion of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (Stem) subjects in education.
He said it was “a great honor and a testament to the hard work and innovation of the entire team”.
In hospitals, his system uses electromagnetic fields to monitor surgical instruments, ensuring they are properly decontaminated and sterilized, and are available in the right place at the right time.
Retailers have also adopted the technology to track inventory and enhance click-and-collect services.
Originally from Sri Lanka, Dr Sithamparanathan studied at the University of Sheffield before starting his PhD at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he developed his tracking system. He was elected as a research fellow at Girton College in 2011.
“I came here as a teenager to pursue a college education,” he said.
“Without Cambridge and the people who have guided me along the way, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
“Cambridge allowed me to exploit my abilities and maximize my potential. I learned from very talented professionals.
“Ultimately, innovation is fun, but taking ideas from the lab into the real world is a real challenge.
“On a personal level, it’s a dream come true.”
Other people from Cambridgeshire who received awards in the King’s New Year Honors List include:
- Lorna Woor, 69, from Cambridge, founder of a village sewing group, received BEM for services to the community
- Sheila Betts, 72, from Cambridge, chairwoman and volunteer of the Jarman Girls’ Guidance Centre, receives BEM award for services to young people
- Sharon Livermore, 42, from Ely, was appointed MBE for services to victims of domestic abuse
- Helen Pain, 54, from Great Chishill, was appointed MBE for services to science
- Maxine Purdie, 54, from Ely, was appointed MBE for knowledge exchange services
- Julia Fentem, 57, from Huntingdon, was appointed MBE for services to human health and animal welfare
- Joan Winterkorn, 74, from Cambridge, was appointed MBE for heritage and culture services
- Michael Frankl, 75, from Cambridge, was appointed MBE for services to the homeless and the Jewish community in Cambridge.