New President Announced
Sir John Arbuthnott will succeed Lord Wilson of Tillyorn as RSE President in October 2011.
The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) has announced the election of Sir John Arbuthnott
as the next President of the Society. He will succeed Lord Wilson of Tillyorn in October.
Sir John Arbuthnott is a distinguished microbiologist and former Principal of the University
of Strathclyde. He also chaired the Greater Glasgow Health Board and led the Clyde
Valley review on the potential for providing shared local authority services.
The current RSE President, Lord Wilson of Tillyorn commented, “Sir John is a person of
high reputation, who in addition to his academic achievements has an outstanding record
of public service.”
“The Society will be fortunate to have Sir John as its next President. Under his Presidency
I am sure that the RSE will go from strength to strength in all its roles as the National
Academy of Scotland.”
Sir John responded saying, “I am highly honoured to be elected as the President of the
Royal Society of Edinburgh. The RSE with its links across Scottish society plays an
important role in the future of Scotland nationally and internationally.”
Sir John was educated at Hyndland Secondary School, Glasgow University and Trinity
College, Dublin. He was made a Knight Bachelor for services to education in 1998.
Amongst his academic posts he was a Professor of Microbiology at Trinity College, Dublin
and the University of Nottingham before returning to Scotland to take up the position of
Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde, a role he performed from
1991 to 2000.
He has also served on a number of committees advising on aspects of policy including the
Richmond Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food.