Former JILA Fellow, Professor Keith Burnett, has been awarded a knighthood in the 2013 New Year's honours list for services to science and higher education. The Knighthood carries the title "Sir".
Professor Burnett is an AMO Physicist who came to JILA around 1980 as a postdoctoral researcher with Fellow John Cooper. Subsequently, Burnett was himself appointed both as a JILA Fellow and Assistant Professor of the Physics Department. He later returned to the United Kingdom. Burnett is now Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield in England and has numerous responsibilities, including those relating to science policy in the United Kingdom.
Sir Keith Burnett was the D.Phil supervisor at the University of Oxford for both JILA Fellow Murray Holland and Peter Ruprecht, the former head of the JILA Computing Group.