Innogen · News · March 26, 2013

Prof Iain Gillespie named fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) has announced its 2013 intake of new Fellows. The Innogen Institute is proud to announce that Professor Iain Gillespie will be among the 47 new UK and International Fellows to join the 1500-strong Fellowship this year.

The RSE’s mission is the advancement of learning and useful knowledge, and since its establishment in 1783, it has made a major contribution to Scottish Society through its Fellows. Fellows are elected following a rigorous examination of their achievements in their relevant fields.

Sir John Arbuthnott, RSE President and eminent microbiologist, commented: ‘As the President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, I am aware that I am a representative of men and women who are outstanding in their intellectual fields and are “standing on the shoulders of giants”.

‘Given this, one of the most important and rewarding tasks of my role is, on behalf of the RSE Council, approving the internationally-recognised candidates who will be admitted as new Fellows to the Society. Every year the competition for places is intense and this year is no different, so I am delighted to welcome 47 new Fellows to the Royal Society of Edinburgh.’

Speaking of his appointment, Prof Gillespie said, ‘I am absolutely delighted to be admitted to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. The RSE is unique amongst the learned societies in the UK in that it brings a wide range of disciplines together in one great big intellectual melting pot: that’s what we aim to do at Innogen as well, and just like the RSE we aim to harness that diversity of ideas for the benefit of society - for Innogen its about innovation generation, for the RSE its education. The two go together hand-in-hand.’

For a full list of the 2013 Fellows, visit: