Innogen · News · June 19, 2007

Present day pioneers follow in the footsteps of giants: 1039

Following in the footsteps of distinguished predecessors such as Sir Walter Scott, Lord Kelvin and James Clerk Maxwell, Innogen associate Prof Graeme Laurie has been elected fellow of The Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Over sixty experts have been elected new Fellows of The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE). Chosen in recognition of significant achievement in their fields and contribution to public service, a broad spectrum of expertise is represented in the new list of Fellows. Scientist and science communicator, Susan Greenfield; composer, James MacMillan; and business guru, John Kay are amongst the top achievers who join the Fellowship of the RSE.

An independent, educational charity, one of the key strengths of the RSE is its multidisciplinary make-up, with 1400 experts of national and international standing representing excellence across the subject disciplines. The RSE Fellowship is further strengthened by the election of overseas-based experts including: ecological scientist, Ilkka Hanski; distinguished mathematician, Nicolai Krylov; and experimental pathologist, Ole Laerum.

Within the UK, new Fellows include: entrepreneurs, Simon Best and John Brown; environmental change expert, Michael Bird; authority on psychiatric disorders, Douglas Blackwood; manager & scientist, Julie Fitzpatrick; National Trust for Scotland President, the Earl of Dalkeith; pioneer of nanometrology (the ability to measure and characterise molecules), Duncan Graham; speech science expert, William Hardcastle; eminent historian, James Hunter; virus and leukaemia/lymphoma expert, Ruth Jarrett; and leading industrialist and civil engineer, Gordon Masterton.

President of The Royal Society of Edinburgh, Sir Michael Atiyah, OM, FRS, PRSE, HonFREng, HonFMedSci,Hon FFA said:

I am delighted to be able to welcome such an outstanding array of new Fellows to the Society. Conferring the accolade of Fellowship on individuals recognised as amongst the best minds in Scotland and around the world, is the beginning, not the end, of the Society purpose. The collective expertise and experience of the Fellowship enables the RSE to uphold its Royal Charter of 1783 for the advancement of learning and useful knowledge and deliver meaningful, public-benefit activities today.