2015 Elected Fellows

2015 Elected Fellows

The Royal Society of Edinburgh is pleased to announce its intake of 57 new Fellows for 2015.  Spanning the arts, business, and science and technology sectors, they join the RSE in its work to place the advancement of learning and useful knowledge at the centre of public life in Scotland.

New Fellows were welcomed to the Society at an Induction day held on 25 May 2015

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New Fellows 2015



BAI, Chunli. DSc(Aarhus, Lund, York, Notts, UCL, Griffith), HonPhD(Kazan, Queensland, Minnesota). MembCAS, ForMembRS, FTWAS, ForAssNAS, HonIAS, ForMembRAS, ForFelPAS

President, Chinese Academy of Sciences; President, TWAS (The World Academy of Sciences).

BAULCOMBE, David Charles. Kt (2009). BSc(Leeds), PhD(Edin), HonDSc(UEA, Bham, Wageningen, Helsinki, Edinburgh), Hon DL (Dundee). FRS, FMedSci, For Ass Memb NAS, Memb Academia Europaea, For Fel NAS India, Memb EMBO

Regius Professor of Botany, University of Cambridge.

DUFFY, Carol Ann. OBE, CBE. BA(Liverpool), HonDLitt(Hull, Warwick, Dund, Liverpool), Hon Fel Homerton College(Cantab). FRSL

Poet Laureate

ROBINSON, Mary Therese Winifred. Grand Officier, Légion d'Honneur. MA, LLB(Trinity), LLM(Harvard). MRIA, MAPS, HonFRCOG, HonFRCPsych, HonFRCPI, HonFRCSI, HonFIEI

UN Special Envoy for Climate Change.          


DAVIDSON, Susan Bridget. ACM Fellow, Trustees Council of Penn Women/Provost Award. BA(Cornell), MSE, MA, PhD(Princeton). Computing Research Association Board of Directors, Fulbright Scholar (2004)

Professor of Computer and Information Science, University of Pennsylvania.

EAVES, Connie Jean. BA, MSc(Queen's, Ontario), PhD(Manc). Fel Royal Society of Canada.

Distinguished Scientist, Terry Fox Laboratory, BC Cancer Agency.

FU, Bojie. BSc, MSc(Shaanxi Normal), PhD(Peking), Postdoc(KU Leuven). Academician CAS, FTWAS.

Professor in Physical Geography and Landscape Ecology, Research Center for Eco‑Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

GRIMSHAW, Jeremy Michael. MB ChB(Edin), PhD(Abdn). FCAHS, FRCGP, MRCGP.

Senior Scientist, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute; Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Ottawa.

MOORE, J Strother. PhD(Edin), SB(MIT). FNAE, FACM, FAAAI.

Admiral B.R. Inman Centennial Professor of Theoretical Computer Science, University of Texas at Austin.        

RAO, Zihe. BSc, MSc(CAS), PhD(Melbourne), HonDSc(Glas), Hon Degree(Hong Kong Baptist University). Member CAS, Member TWAS.

Professor and Director of Laboratory of Structural Biology, Tsinghua University; Honorary Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne.

REID, Nancy Margaret. BMath(Waterloo), MSc(British Columbia), PhD(Stanford). FAAAS, FRSC, FIMS, FASA.

Canada Research Professor of Statistics, University of Toronto.

TENG, Jin‑Guang. BEng(Zhejiang), PhD(Sydney), RPE. FHKEng, FHKIE, FIIFC, FIABSE.

Chair Professor of Structural Engineering and Director of Research Institute for Sustainable Urban Development, Hong Kong Polytechnic University


ANDERSON, Anne Harper. OBE. MA, PhD(Glas).

Vice‑Principal & Head of the College of Social Sciences, University of Glasgow.

BAILEY, Rosemary Anne. BA,MA,DPhil(Oxon). MembLMS, FSS, FISI, FIMStat, FIBS.

Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, University of St Andrews.

BIANKIN, Andrew Victor. BMedSc, MBBS, PhD(New South Wales). FRACS, FFoS (RCPA), FRCS(Glasg, Edin).

Regius Professor of Surgery, University of Glasgow.

BLACKBURN, (Catherine) Clare. BSc(Edin), PhD(ICL).

Professor of Tissue Stem Cell Biology, University of Edinburgh

BORTHWICK, Alistair George Liam. BEng, PhD(Liv), MA, DSc(Oxon). FICE, CEng, Eur Ing, FEANI.

Professor of Applied Hydrodynamics, University of Edinburgh.

CHAMBERS, Ian Paul. BSc(Strath), PhD(Glas). MembEMBO.

Professor of Pluripotent Stem Cell Biology, University of Edinburgh.

COCKELL, Charles Seaton. BSc(Bristol), DPhil(Oxon). FRAS, FRGS, FBIS, Elected For Fel Explorers Club of New York.

Professor of Astrobiology, University of Edinburgh.

COHN, Samuel Kline. BA(Union College, NY), MA(Wisconsin), Dip. di Statistica(Università degli Studi di Firenze), PhD(Harvard). FRHS.

Professor of Medieval History, University of Glasgow.

DE MOORTEL, Ineke. MMath( KU Leuven, Belgium), PhD(St And). FRAS, MYAS, MembEPS.

Professor in Applied Mathematics, University of St Andrews

ENGLISH, Richard Ludlow. MA(Oxon), PhD(Keele). FBA, MRIA, FRHistS.

Wardlaw Professor of Politics, University of St Andrews; Director of the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, University of St Andrews.

FORD OF CUNNINGHAME, Margaret. MA, MPhil(Glas).

Chairman, STV Group.

FORFAR, David Oldroyd. BA, MMath, MA(Cantab), Dipl(Edin). FFA FSS FIMA CMath.

Consulting Actuary; Chairman, James Clerk Maxwell Foundation

GILLIES, Pamela Ann. CBE. BSc, DipEd, MEd(Aberd), PGCE(Aberd College of Educ), MMedSci, PhD(Nott). FRSA, HonFRCPS(Glasg), AcSS, FFPH, HonMFPHM

Principal and Vice‑Chancellor, Glasgow Caledonian University.

GRAY, David. BSc(Swansea), MSc, PhD(Bham). HonMembBSI.

Head of the School of Biological Sciences, University of Edinburgh.


Chief Scientific Adviser for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment, Scottish Government; Professor of Land and Water Science, The Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University.

JAROSZYNSKI, Dino Anthony. BSc, Diploma in Advanced Studies in Science, PhD(Manc). FInstP.

Professor of Laser Plasma Physics, University of Strathclyde; Director, Scottish Centre for the Application of Plasma‑based Accelerators (SCAPA), University of Strathclyde.

JASPARS, Marcel. BA(Cantab), PhD(Trinity Dublin). FRSC, CChem.

Professor of Organic Chemistry, University of Aberdeen.

KNOX, Lesley Mary Samuel. MA(Cantab).

Chairman, Grosvenor Group Ltd.

LIDDLE, Andrew Robert. BSc, PhD(Glas). FInstP, FRAS.

Professor of Theoretical Astrophysics, University of Edinburgh.

LLOYD‑JONES, Guy Charles. BSc(Huddersfield Polytechnic), DPhil(Oxon), DUniv(Hudds). FRS, FRSC.

Forbes Professor of Organic Chemistry, University of Edinburgh.

MCCANN, Hugh. BSc, PhD(Glas). MInstP, CPhys, FIET, CEng, FREng.

Head of School of Engineering and Professor of Tomographic Imaging, University of Edinburgh.

MCCLATCHIE, Colin James Stewart. BSc(Queens, Belfast).

Former Chairman, Scottish Opera; Former Chairman, PRESCIENT.

MAROTO‑VALER, Mercedes. BSc, PhD(Strath). FRSC, FIChemE.

Robert Buchan Professor of Sustainable Energy Engineering, Heriot‑Watt University.

MIELL, Dorothy Evelyn. BSc, PhD(Lanc). CPsychol, FBPsS, Memb Society for Education and Music Psychology Research.

Professor of Social Psychology, Head of the College of Humanities and Social Science, and Vice‑Principal, University of Edinburgh.

MOULIN, Herve Jean. Agrégation de Mathématiques, PhD(Paris). FES, Economic Theory Fellow.

DJ Robertson Professor of Economics, University of Glasgow.

MURRAY, Norman Loch. BA(H‑W), PMD(Harvard), CA(ICAS).

Chairman, Edrington Group.

NIC DAEID, Niamh. BSc(Trinity, Dublin), BA(Open), Pg.Dip(Strath), PhD(RCSI,NUI). FCSFS, FICI, FHEA, MRSC.

Professor of Forensic Science, University of Dundee

NOLAN, Charles. BA(Strath), MSc(Lond).

Bonar‑MacFie Chair of Political Economy, University of Glasgow;

PALMER, Colin Neil Alexander. BSc(Glas), PhD(Lond). FSB.

Professor of Pharmacogenomics, University of Dundee.


Professor of Poetry, University of St Andrews.

PHIPPS, Alison. OBE. BA(Durham), PhD(Sheff).

Professor of Languages and Intercultural Studies, University of Glasgow; Co‑Convener: GRAMNET, University of Glasgow.

POLLARD, Jeffrey William. BSc(Sheff), PhD(Lond). FAAAS.

Professor of Resilience Biology and Director MRC/University of Edinburgh Centre for Reproductive Health, University of Edinburgh.

RANKIN, Ian James. OBE. MA(Edin).


REED, Robert John. LLB(Edin), DPhil(Oxon), LLD (Hon) (Glas). Faculty of Advocates, Inner Temple, Privy Counsellor.

Justice of the UK Supreme Court.

REID, George. PC. Kt (2012). MA(St And).

Former Presiding Officer, The Scottish Parliament; Professorial Fellow, the University of Stirling/Academy of Diplomacy London

REID, Seona. CBE, DBE. BA(Strath), DipBusiness Admin(Liv). FRSA

Chair, National Theatre of Scotland; Trustee and Chair Scotland, Heritage Lottery Fund; Former Director, Glasgow School of Art.


Professor of Primary Care Research & Development, University of Edinburgh.

STONE, Vicki. BSc(Leeds), PhD(Bham), PGCert(Napier). FIBiol, CBiol, ILTM.

Professor of Toxicology and Director of Nano‑Safety Research Group, Heriot‑Watt University

TANNER, Kathleen Elizabeth. BA, DPhil(Oxon), CEng, CSci. FIMechE, FIMMM, FIPEM, FREng, FBSE.

Professor of Biomedical Materials (Biomedical Engineering), University of Glasgow.

THOMPSON, Desmond B. Angus. BSc(Paisley), PhD, DSc(Nott). FIEEM.

Principal Adviser on Biodiversity, Scottish Natural Heritage.

WELBURN, Susan Christina. BSc, PhD(Bristol). FSoB, Memb British Society for Parasitology, Assoc. European College of Veterinary Parasitology, Fellow Royal Society of Tropical Medicine.

Professor of Medical and Veterinary Molecular Epidemiology, Director, Global Health Academy and Vice-Principal Global Access, University of Edinburgh

WEND, Petra. Staatsexamen(Münster), PhD(Münster/Leeds). FRSA.

Principal and Vice‑Chancellor, Queen Margaret University.

WRIGHT, Nicholas Thomas. BA, MA, DPhil, DD(Oxon).

Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity, University of St Andrews.

WYKE, Sally. HonFelRCGP. BSc(UCL), PhD(N'cle).

Deputy Director, Institute of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow.

WYNNE, Klaas. MSci, PhD(Amsterdam). FRSC, FInstP.

Professor of Chemical Physics, University of Glasgow.


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