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The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) names new Fellows 2017.
The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) is delighted to announce that HRH The Duke of Cambridge has been elected to become an RSE Royal Honorary Fellow. We much look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with HRH, as we have with our Patron, Her Majesty The Queen, and our other Royal Fellows. The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Princess Royal and now The Duke of Cambridge are all Royal Honorary Fellows of the RSE. Her Majesty The Queen is a Patron of the RSE.
Also announced today are the names of 59 distinguished individuals who have been elected to become Fellows of the RSE in 2017. Hailing from sectors that range from the arts, business, science and technology and academia, they join the current RSE Fellowship whose varied expertise supports the advancement of learning and useful knowledge in Scottish public life.
The strength of the RSE lies in the breadth of disciplines represented by its Fellowship. This range of expertise enables the RSE to take part in a host of activities such as providing independent and expert advice to Government and Parliament, supporting aspiring entrepreneurs through mentorship, facilitating education programmes for young people and engaging the general public through educational events.
The RSE is heartened to see a continued increase in the number of new Fellows from the arts, business and professional spheres. They include:
One of the biggest names in crime writing, Val McDermid is a founding writer of what has become known as the ‘tartan noir’ genre.
Sir Paul Grice
Chief Executive, Scottish Parliament. Sir Paul Grice played a major role in the establishment of the Scottish Parliament and fosters connections between the Scottish Parliament and the world of academia.
Barbara Young, Baroness Young of Old Scone
Life Peer, House of Lords. Baroness Young was the Chief Executive of Diabetes UK from 2010 to 2015. The Baroness is currently Chair of the Woodland Trust Board of Trustees.
Business women and founder of Genius Foods; the brand leader in gluten-free products in the UK.
Dame Barbara Mary Kelly
Dame Barbara Kelly is the Chairman of The Robertson Trust and a central figure in rural affairs in Scotland having acted as the Chair for the £30M Millennium Forest for Scotland Trust.
Kirsty Wark is a Scottish journalist and television presenter. Best known for fronting BBC Two’s current affairs programme Newsnight, Kirsty also presented on the BBC’s Newsnight Review from 2002 to 2014.
A number of the new 2017 RSE Fellows are involved in the highest calibre of scientific enquiry and policy making:
Sir Mark Jeremy Walport
Chief Scientific Adviser to HM Government, Government Office for Science. Distinguished clinical scientist, scientific communicator and advisor. UKRI Chief Executive designate.
Anneila Isabel Sargent
Ira S. Bowen Professor of Astronomy, California Institute of Technology. University of Edinburgh Alumna of the Year 2002. Former President of the American Astronomical Society and Chair of the NASA Space Science Advisory Committee.
Strengthening the international work of the RSE, highly-distinguished individuals join the RSE as Corresponding Fellows, including:
JAMISON, Kay Redfield, The Dalio Family Professor in Mood Disorders, Johns Hopkins University
BAER, Thomas Michael,Executive Director, Stanford Photonics Research Centre, Stanford University
LIU, Congqiang, Professor, Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences
New Fellows are elected each year through a rigorous five-stage nomination process. The breadth of the Fellowship—which includes over 1600 individuals from the UK and abroad —enables the RSE to provide a wide range of leadership and expertise.
President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, commented:
The full list of new RSE Fellows 2017 are as follows:
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