The Royal Society of Edinburgh recognises, supports and mobilises expertise from across academia, business and public service for the benefit of Scotland and the wider world. Our Fellows from academia, business and public service are among the most distinguished in their fields.
We engage and connect nationally and internationally to share knowledge and tackle the most pressing challenges of the modern world. As Scotland’s National Academy, we provide independent expert advice to government and inspire the next generation of innovative thinkers.
Lord Ashby was a scientist of distinction who applied to the problems of higher education, public concerns over pollution, and the relationships between science and society the same qualities of precise observation, lucid analysis and clear presentation that characterised his early work as a plant physiologist.