A centre has been opened in Christ's College, University of Cambridge after the name of Dr. Yusuf Hamied, Chairman of Indian pharmaceutical company Cipla. Hamied has been a generous donor resulting in the new theatre with its associated public rooms incorporating bar, music practice room and gym. He was recently elected as an Honorary Fellow of the College in gratitude of his contribution to the pharmaceutical industry and his provision of affordable drugs to developing nations. 'We owe a lot to Yusuf Hamied for his contribution to the College's life in several ways. He is also a wonderful friend to all those who know him personally,' said Professor Frank of the Master of Christ's.
The presence of his friends along with his students, staff and fellows of Christ's, accumulated to pay tribute to a warm, kind-spirited man, who works hard for the greater good. Born in Lithuania, Hamied was brought up in Mumbai. He studied for six years at Christ's and matriculated from there in 1954 to read Natural Sciences. 'There is a great bond between me and Christ's. Two Christ's men – Dr. Lucan Pratt and Lord Alexander Todd – above all others, are singularly responsible for directing and shaping my life,' speaking at the launch event, said Hamied. Hamied is a member of the Cambridge India Partnership Advisory Board and of the Mumbai Cambridge Society.