Dame Angela Strank
Angela Rosemary Emily Strank
October 1952 (age 70)
|Alma mater||University of Manchester (BSc, PhD)|
|Awards||Doctor of Science (Honoris causa) (2018)|
British Geological Survey
University of Manchester
|Thesis||Foraminiferal biostratigraphy of the Holkerian, Asbian and Brigantian stages of the British lower carboniferous|
|Doctoral advisor||Fred M. Broadhurst|
Dame Angela Rosemary Emily Strank DBE FRS FREng FIChemE (born October 1952) is head of downstream technology and chief scientist of BP, responsible for technology across all the refining, petrochemicals, lubricants and fuels businesses.
Strank was educated at the University of Manchester where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in geology in 1975 followed by a PhD in micropalaeontology in 1981. Her doctoral research investigated the foraminiferal stratigraphy of the Holkerian, Asbian and Brigantian stages of the British lower carboniferous and was supervised by Fred M. Broadhurst.
In 1980, Strank joined the British Geological Survey by what she says was becoming a geologist "by accident".  In 1982, she joined BP as a geologist. In 2013, she joined the University of Manchester's board of governors. In April 2014, she was appointed chief scientist. She also serves as a non-executive director at Severn Trent Water plc.
In 2010, she won the UK First Women's Award in Science and Technology, an award sponsored by the UK Government (CBI) in recognition of pioneering UK women in business and industry.
In the 2017 Birthday Honours, Strank was appointed Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (DBE). In the same year she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng). She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2018 for substantial contributions to the improvement of natural knowledge. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science (DSc) by Royal Holloway, University of London in 2018.
By Letters Patent of Garter and Clarenceux Kings of Arms dated 1 July 2019, from the College of Arms, Strank was granted arms:
Strank has two children.
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