Dr Katharine Giles was on her way to University College London (UCL) during Monday morning’s rush hour, when she collided with a tipper truck. She was the second cyclist to be killed in the capital this year.

UCL said Dr Giles had a “bright future” and was “ready to provide the next generation of leadership” in the field, reports the BBC.

A statement from the head of the earth sciences department, Prof Phil Meredith, said: “Coming so soon after the accidental death of Katharine’s own closest colleague, Seymour Laxon, we are all left with a sense of the outrageous unfairness with which some of our best colleagues have been taken from us.

“Katharine had a bright future ahead of her. She graduated with a first-class degree in earth and space sciences from UCL, studied under Seymour for her PhD, and went on to forge her own career as a research fellow and most recently as a university lecturer.

“We greatly admired the bravery and sense of purpose with which she took on the many commitments in CPOM following Seymour’s demise, and it was clear that she was ready to provide the next generation of leadership in that field.

“This makes it all the more difficult for us to accept that Katharine won’t now have the opportunity to reach the heights she was sure to achieve.”

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