Robin Crane is made a Doctor of the University.
After an early career spent in the Army and at Guinness, Robin began working for the BBC's Natural History Unit in 1967, directing and producing films for programmes such as World About Us.
He also established his own production company, making award-winning films for clients such as the National Trust, BP, and the Post Office. A life-long lepidopterologist (butterfly and moth collector) and ornithologist, he was a council member of the Sussex Wildlife Trust from 1967-2009, serving as its Chairman and Vice-President.
He has also been Chairman of the Royal Society of Nature Conservation, and Chairman of the South Downs Campaign. After 20 years of campaigning and two long public enquiries, the Campaign's objective was achieved in 2009, when the South Downs National Park was confirmed.
Robin was awarded a CBE in 2009 for services to nature conservation, and was the Sussex Heritage Trust 'Person of the Year' in 2005.