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A trio of new fellows

Two scientists and the Principal of the University of St Andrews have been made Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Physicist Professor Stephen Lee, geographer Professor Paul Boyle, and Principal and Vice-Chancellor Dr Brian Lang were among 63 new Fellows elected this week (7th March 2006).

The trio have been selected in recognition of extremely significant contributions to their fields and achievement in public service.

Stephen Lee is a Professor of Magnetism and Head of School of Physics and Astronomy at St Andrews. His main of area of research involves using powerful central international facilities which generate neutrons, muons and X-rays to probe the magnetic properties of materials. He has recently collaborated with Seagate, IBM and Hitachi to look at the nanoscale magnetic structure of commercial hard disk drive materials.

Paul Boyle is a Professor of Human Geography and Director of the Longitudinal Studies Centre – Scotland, which is establishing the Scottish Longitudinal Study. He is also founding Director of the Social Dimensions of Health Institute, which is a joint inter- disciplinary institute of the Universities of St Andrews and Dundee. Professor Boyle has published widely on demographic and health issues.

Dr Lang, an anthropologist, has been the University’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor since 2001. He joined the University from the British Library, where he was Chief Executive and Deputy Chairman. Dr Lang sits on the Board of Scottish Enterprise Fife, is a Trustee of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and Chairman of the Heritage Lottery Fund Committee for Scotland. He is also a member of the Scottish Executive’s Cultural Commission.

ENDS

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