Stella McCartney, who designed the uniforms worn by Britain's record-smashing Olympic team, and Scottish physicist Peter Higgs, who gave his name to the so-called God particle, are among the hundreds being honored by Queen Elizabeth II this New Year.
The list is heavy with Britain's Olympic heroes, but it also includes actor Ewan McGregor, singer Kate Bush, Roald Dahl illustrator Quentin Blake and Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, who helped organize the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton.
McCartney was honored with the title of Officer of the Order of the British Empire, or OBE, in part for her work creating the uniforms worn by British athletes during the 2012 Games. McCartney is the daughter of ex-Beatle Paul McCartney and his first wife, Linda.
Higgs' achievements, which made him a Companion of Honor, touch on the nature and the origins of the universe. The 83-year-old researcher's work in theoretical physics sought to explain what gives things weight. He hit upon the concept of what would later become known as the Higgs boson, an elusive subatomic particle that gives objects mass and combines with gravity to give them weight.
Other art world honorees included artist Tracey Emin and Quentin Blake, whose spiky, exuberant illustrations are best known through the work of his collaborator, Roald Dahl.
The Associated Press