Professor Covington also recently won the prestigious 2009 International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemists Societies’ (IULTCS) Merit Award for Excellence in the Leather Industry.
Professor Covington will receive his award in October from the 30th annual IULTCS conference in Beijing. The award was established in 2004 and is the highest recognition of excellence made by the IULTCS.
He commented: ‘My reaction to the award is great pleasure in the personal honour which is a culmination to my career. I am aware of the debt I owe to my students and colleagues, so the award reflects well on the activities within the BSLT and The University of Northampton. It is particularly gratifying that the citation makes reference to the lasting value of my research – that is all any scientist can ask for.’
‘Through his more than 30 years of dedicated research, teaching, visiting lectures and numerous presentations at leather industry events and publications in leading journals, Professor Covington has had a lasting impact on our basic understanding of the leather making process.’, said a spokesperson for the IULTCS.