RSE appoints seven new Fellows from University of Glasgow

Published: 5 March 2014

Seven academics from the University of Glasgow have been elected Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Seven academics from the University of Glasgow have been elected Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE), it was announced today (5 March 2014).

These outstanding people come from a wide variety of disciplines and will join those Fellows, past and present, who have strived to attain the RSE’s founding mission: ‘the advancement of learning and useful knowledge’.

The new Fellows from the University of Glasgow are:

  • David Cumming - Professor of Electronic Systems and Head of Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering Research Division
  • Robert Insall - Professor of Cancer Sciences, Beatson Institute for Cancer Research
  • Campbell Leith - Professor of Macroeconomics
  • Xiaoyu Luo - Professor of Applied Mathematics
  • Laura Machesky - Professor of Cancer Biology
  • Adam Tomkins - Professor of Law
  • Graham Watt - Professor of General Practice

New Fellows are elected each year via a rigorous five-stage nomination process. The breadth of the Fellowship, which includes more than 1500 people from Scotland, the rest of the UK and beyond, ensures that the RSE can provide leadership and excellence across all areas of public life.

President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Sir John Arbuthnott, said: “The Fellowship is at the very heart and soul of the work of the RSE. One of my most rewarding duties is to oversee the highly-selective process that identifies which of the outstanding candidates nominated each year should be recommended for election to the Fellowship of the RSE. With such a great number of highly distinguished individuals joining this year, I have every confidence that they will bring the exceptional skills and experience needed by the RSE to continue its 230-year history of supporting excellence across all areas of academic and public life in Scotland.”

A full list of new Fellows can be found at:

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Notes to editors: 

The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) is a leading educational charity which operates in an independent and non-party-political basis to provide public benefit throughout Scotland. Established by Royal Charter in 1783 by key proponents of the Scottish Enlightenment, the work of the RSE includes awarding research funding, leading on major inquiries, informing public policy and delivering events to inspire knowledge and learning.

The RSE currently has around 1590 Fellows, including 66 Honorary Fellows (who are members of the Royal House or persons eminently distinguished in any subject within our disciplinary domains) and 66 Corresponding Fellows (persons who have attained high international standing in any subject within our disciplinary domains, and who are not normally resident in the UK).


First published: 5 March 2014

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