Professors appointed to the Royal Society of Edinburgh

Published: 2 March 2010

Eight academics from the University of Glasgow have been honoured in this year’s Royal Society of Edinburgh Fellowship Presentations

Eight professors from the University of Glasgow have been honoured in their year’s Royal Society of Edinburgh Fellowship Presentations.

The new RSE Fellows from the University are:

•    Andrew Howard Baker - Professor of Molecular Medicine, Glasgow Cardiovascular Research Centre
•    Julian Alexander Thomas Dow - Chair of Integrative and Systems Biology
•    Robert Mark Ellam - Professor of Isotope Geochemistry, Director of Research Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre (SUERC)
•    Pavel Kočovsky. Sir William Ramsay Professor of Chemistry
•    Jeremy Charles Mottram - Professor of Molecular and Cellular Parasitology, Glasgow Biomedical Research Centre
•    Jill Patricia Pell - Henry Mechan Professor of Public Health
•    Kenneth Alexander Strain. Professor of Experimental Physics
•    Andrew Paul Waters. Professor of Molecular and Developmental Parasitology   

Fellowship of the RSE is awarded to an individual who is recognised within his or her peer group as having achieved excellence within their discipline or profession.

Overall, 48 new Fellows were chosen by way of a rigorous four-stage selection process which culminated in a ballot of the entire Fellowship, comprising over 1,500 members.

Once admitted the RSE Fellows are encouraged to contribute to the aims and objectives of the Society, including the provision of expert policy advice to Government and Parliament, outreach education programmes for young people, and public engagement events including conferences and discussion forums.

Speaking at the announcement of the Fellowships, Lord Wilson of Tillyorn, the President of the RSE, said: “I hope and expect that our new intake of Fellows will contribute actively to the work that the RSE undertakes in contributing to public policy development, engaging with the public and supporting research and innovation. These are key areas in promoting the core objectives of the Society - the advancement of learning and useful knowledge."

Professor Anton Muscatelli, Principal of the University of Glasgow said: “The fact that we have had eight members of the University nominated for Fellowship is fantastic news for the University.

“The quality of our research and teaching depends on the quality of our staff and the recognition the Royal Society has given to my colleagues confirms that Glasgow has excellent people doing excellent things.  They are vital to our ambition to be one of the very best Universities in the world and I would like to congratulate them on receiving  this significant and well deserved honour."

The Royal Society of Edinburgh is Scotland's national academy of science and letters. The membership consists of over 1500 peer-elected fellows.

The RSE was created in 1783 by Royal Charter for “the advancement of learning and useful knowledge”.

First published: 2 March 2010

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