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Autism researcher Simon Baron-Cohen has been knighted for the first time since the Queen’s death

Renowned autism researcher Simon Baron-Cohen, set designer Esmeralda Devlin at the closing ceremony in London 2012 and Paralympic swimming champion Maisie Summers-Newton are among those honored during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

Sir Simon, clinical psychologist and professor of autism research at the University of Cambridge, will receive the only knighthood bestowed by the Princess Royal on Tuesday morning at an event marking the first investiture ceremony since the Queen’s death in September.

He founded the UK’s first clinic for adults suspected of having Asperger’s Syndrome in 1999 and has since worked with several autism charities and spoken on several television documentaries about autism research.

Among the 73 people receiving their tributes Tuesday morning is Esmeralda Devlin, set designer responsible for the London 2012 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony and Rio 2016 Opening Ceremony.

Ms Devlin, who is to receive her CBE for services to design, has exhibited work in London’s Trafalgar Square and the Victoria & Albert Museum, as well as the Louvre in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. She has also received three Olivier Awards throughout her career.

Meanwhile, from the sports world, Paralympic swimmers Maisie Summers-Newton and Jordan Catchpole are being recognized with MBEs for services to swimming alongside Tokyo Olympic Sailing Champion Stuart Bithell.

Ms Summers-Newton won gold at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics after watching Ellie Simmonds, who also suffers from achondroplasia, compete in London 2012 to take up the sport.

Welsh runner Stephen Jones, whose British marathon record – set during the 1985 Chicago Marathon – stood 33 years before being broken by Sir Mo Farah is also recognized.

Six-time motorcycle racing world champion Jonathan Rea will receive an OBE and former Leeds Rhinos and England rugby international Jamie Jones-Buchanan will receive an MBE for services to their respective sports.

Also receiving an OBE is Emmy-winning television journalist Charles Sabine, who receives the award for his work raising awareness of Huntington’s disease.

Mr. Sabine worked as a war reporter for the US network NBC for 26 years before founding the Hidden No More Foundation, which works to support patients with degenerative brain diseases, like Huntington’s, which he suffers from, and their families.

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