News of our Fellows

News of our Fellows

The RSE was very pleased to admit Professor Mary McAleese, former President of Ireland, to Honorary Fellowship on the occasion of the 2012 Annual Statutory Meeting.  At this time a presentation was also made to Professor Peter Higgs FRS FRSE, in recognition of his outstanding work leading to the recent announcement by CERN of the discovery of a Higgs-like boson. 

Listen to an audio recording of this section of the ASM

A recording of the main business of the ASM is available here for Fellows only (password protected).


The Society is keen to keep up to date with Fellows’ activities and by profiling them, where appropriate, seeks to increase collaboration and the cross-fertilisation of ideas. 

National Honours

Fellows are elected to the Society for excellence in their chosen fields and for the same reason are often awarded National Honours marking this distinction. 

Elections and Appointments

We will be pleased to include details of any elections to other learned societies, awards, citations, honorary degrees, etc should Fellows wish to inform us about them.

Professor Peter Higgs

Peter Higgs portrait

In order to commemorate the discovery of the Higgs Boson, and to honour the man whose outstanding research was central to proposing its existence, the RSE commissioned Victoria Crowe OBE, FRSE to paint a portrait of Professor Peter Higgs. The painting was unveiled at the RSE on the occasion of the Fellows’ Summer Reception in June 2013.

The unveiling was followed by a discussion about the portrait between artist and sitter which provided a fascinating insight into the way that Victoria was able to capture Peter’s personality on canvas.  Professor Duncan Macmillan FRSE set the context for that discussion with a perceptive presentation about the artist and her work. The portrait hangs on the walls of the Kelvin Room within the RSE’s prestigious premises on George Street, Edinburgh.

View the RSE Exhibition, From Maxwell to Higgs

Image courtesy of ©Victoria Crowe as artist 
and ©Antonia Reeve as photographer


Peter Higgs collects Nobel Prize

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2013 was awarded jointly to Peter Higgs FRSE and François Englert "for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles, and which recently was confirmed through the discovery of the predicted fundamental particle, by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN's Large Hadron Collider"

The greatest prize in science was awarded to the modest retired professor from Edinburgh and the Belgian scientist François Englert for the role they played in proposing the mechanism that explains how the most basic building blocks of the universe have mass.

Earlier this year, scientists using the Large Hadron Collider at Cern, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, confirmed that they had found a particle that matched the theories. It marked the culmination of 49 years of work since Professor Higgs and his colleagues first described the new type of particle.

Professor Higgs gave his official Nobel lecture on Evading the Goldstone theorem ahead of collecting his prize in Stockholm on 10 December.


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