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Nobel Prize winner William C Campbell among new Trinity College Dublin fellows

An Irish Nobel Prize-winning scientist is among a number of academics announced as a new fellow by Trinity College Dublin.

Derry-born Professor William C Campbell was given the honorary title during one of the university’s oldest annual celebrations.

Late last year, the 85-year-old scientist was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine along with Japanese scientist Satoshi Omura.

The pair discovered a new way of tackling infections caused by roundworm parasites which can cause blindness and painful conditions, affecting people living in some of the poorest countries in the world.

Mr Campbell was only the second Irish person to win a Nobel Prize for Science, following in the footsteps of Earnest Walton, who collected the physics award in 1951.

The Trinity graduate was one of two honorary fellows announced by their old university this year.

The other was Professor Louise Richardson, newly appointed vice-chancellor of the University of Oxford.

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Some 50 new Scholars, 14 new fellows and 10 new professorial fellows were also announced at the beginning of the annual Trinity Week.

They are given the titles for demonstrating exceptional knowledge and understanding of their subjects.

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