Invest Northern Ireland Chief Executive, Alastair Hamilton, has expressed his shock at the sudden passing of Queen’s University Belfast’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Paddy Johnston.
Alastair said, “I was shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Professor Paddy Johnston yesterday. On behalf of the Invest NI team, I would offer my sympathy to Paddy’s wife and family who are having to deal with this loss.
“I would also like to pay tribute to the tremendous contribution which Paddy made throughout his career to the betterment of society, not only in Northern Ireland, but globally. His ground breaking research into cancer treatment was, rightly, internationally recognised and played a huge role in showcasing our research capability on a global stage.
“More recently, since he become Vice Chancellor of Queen’s University, I had the privilege of working closely with Paddy and our wider higher education sector to promote the outstanding capability of our universities in international markets. His loss will be felt across the globe.”