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New Fellows Elected

Posted 07/03/2012

The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) has announced its new intake of Fellows for 2012.

There are 46 new UK and International Fellows to add to its 1500-strong Fellowship. The Fellowship of the Society covers science, arts, humanities, the professions, industry and commerce. Fellows are elected following a rigorous examination of their achievement in the relevant field.

In pursuit of its aim of the advancement of useful knowledge, as well as in accordance with its Royal Charter and charitable status, the RSE 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.

Sir John Arbuthnott, the President of the RSE and eminent microbiologist commented, “In my first year as President I am pleased to welcome such a talented group of people to the RSE. Each new Fellow has achieved excellence in her or his field of work, whether in academia, public service or business. When I meet the new group of new Fellows at their induction in May I will encourage all of them to actively engage with the work of the RSE for the benefit of society here in Scotland and internationally."

"It is also encouraging that the proportion of female Fellows elected is the highest in the history of the Society in a single year, which I believe is an indication that more women are reaching the highest levels of their discipline, which is also now being reflected in election to the RSE."

Amongst the new Fellows elected are:

Dr Mary McAleese, former President of Ireland for two terms of office, who is widely regarded as having played a key role in improving relations between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland in her time in office.

Professor Sir Edwin Southern, founder and CSO, Oxford Gene Technology and Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Oxford. His work contributed greatly to the progress of the human genome project and revolutionised DNA sequence analysis.

Professor Sheila Bird, MRC Biostatistics Unit and Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde. She is an influential and important champion of the intelligent use of statistical methods in public policy and the media.

Professor Iain McLean, Professor of Politics, Nuffield College. Iain works in numerous fields of political science and history and is deeply involved in UK public policy research.

Professor Lesley Yellowlees, Vice Principal and Head of the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. Lesley’s background is in Inorganic Electrochemistry. She is also President elect of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a post she will take up in July of this year.

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