The award was announced in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2021.
The Officer rank is the second of the order, and is bestowed by the Sovereign of the United Kingdom twice a year to reward valuable ‘services rendered to the United Kingdom and its people.’
Warden of Wadham College, Ken Macdonald commented: "Everyone at Wadham was delighted to hear of this richly deserved award. We are proud to have Stuart as an Honorary Fellow and he has our sincere congratulations."
Stuart Russell, co-authored the world's most popular AI textbook, Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach, and founded the Berkeley Center for Human-Compatible Artificial Intelligence (CHAI). He is an innovator in probabilistic knowledge representation, reasoning, and learning, including its application to global seismic monitoring for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty. He is also a powerful advocate for the creation of ‘safe AI’ and is active in the movement to ban the manufacture and use of autonomous weapons.
Other Wadham alumni honoured in the June 2021 Honours List are:
- Professor Tom Solomon (Medicine, 1984), awarded a CBE for services to neurological and emerging infections research
- Flight Lieutenant J A Kuht (Medicine, 2009) was made an MBE for his work in the Royal Air Force
- Graham Zebedee (Physics and Philosophy, 1992) became a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George (CMG) for services to international trade and diplomacy.