RSE Fellowships awarded to nine University of Glasgow academics

A group of leading University of Glasgow academics have been elected Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE).

A total of nine University researchers from a variety of disciplines were among 47 new UK and international Fellows in the RSE’s 2013 intake, announced on 20 March. Fellows are elected following a rigorous examination of their achievements in their relevant fields.

The new RSE Fellows are:

  • Michael Barrett, Professor of Biochemical Parasitology
  • Dauvit Broun, Professor of Scottish History
  • Gerard Carruthers, Chair of Scottish Literature since 1700 and Deputy Head, School of Critical Studies
  • René de Borst, Regius Chair of Civil Engineering and Mechanics
  • Gareth Jenkins, Professor of Plant Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Margaret Maclean, Professor of Pulmonary Pharmacology and Dean of Graduate Studies
  • William Sloan, Professor of Environmental Engineering
  • Robert Stamps, Professor of Solid State Physics
  • Rhian Touyz, Director, Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences

RSE President Sir John Arbuthnott said: “As the President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, I am aware that I am a representative of men and women who are outstanding in their intellectual fields and are ‘standing on the shoulders of giants’.

“Given this, one of the most important and rewarding tasks of my role is, on behalf of the RSE Council, approving the internationally-recognised candidates who will be admitted as new Fellows to the Society.

“Every year the competition for places is intense and this year is no different, so I am delighted to welcome 47 new Fellows to the Royal Society of Edinburgh.”

The RSE’s mission is the advancement of learning and useful knowledge and since its establishment in 1783 it has made a major contribution to Scottish Society through its Fellows. It is unique in Britain and distinctive internationally in the breadth of its Fellowship, which ranges across the sciences, medicine, engineering, the social sciences, arts, humanities, business and public service. Amongst its wide range of activities it provides: independent advice to Government and Parliament; research and enterprise Fellowships; education programmes for young people; and conferences and events aimed at both public engagement and specialists.

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For more information contact Ross Barker in the University of Glasgow Media Relations Office on 0141 330 8593 or email


First published: 26 March 2013

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