On behalf of the Learned Societies’ Group on Scottish STEM Education (LSG), the RSE is delighted to announce the appointment of its new Chair, Professor Martin Hendry FRSE.
Martin succeeds Professor David Cole-Hamilton FRSE who served as Interim Chair between January 2021 and October 2021. This followed the departure of Professor Maggie Cusack FRSE from the role after her relocation to Ireland to take up the post of President of Munster Technological University, having served as Chair from April 2020 to January 2021.
Martin Hendry is Professor of Gravitational Astrophysics and Cosmology at the University of Glasgow and is a passionate advocate for STEM education and science engagement with schools and public audiences. He is the author of more than 200 scientific articles and is a senior member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, the global team of more than 1400 scientists which made the first-ever detection of gravitational waves – a discovery awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Physics. Martin is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and the Royal Society of Edinburgh and is currently a Trustee of the IOP and the James Clerk Maxwell Foundation. In 2015 he was awarded an MBE for services to the public understanding of science.