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Royal Society of Edinburgh appointments

Two University of St Andrews academics have been elected Fellows of The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE).

The awards, presented to those who have made an outstanding contribution to Scottish life, were announced last night.

Their names/positions are as follows:

RAPPORT, Nigel Julian, Professor of Anthropological and Philosophical Studies.

SAMUEL, Ifor David William, Professor of Physics, Royal Society University Research Fellow.

The duo are two of 60 to be awarded the accolades this year. Chosen in recognition of outstanding contributions to their field and achievement in public service, a broad spectrum of expertise is represented in the new list of Fellows. Poet, Edwin Morgan; NATO General Secretary, Lord Robertson of Port Ellen; Musician, John Wallace and Journalist, Frances Cairncross are among the top achievers who will join the Fellowship of the RSE, an independent, multidisciplinary body which seeks to act as a think- tank and knowledge resource for the people of Scotland.

RSE President, Lord Sutherland of Houndwood said, “The breadth of the RSE’s expertise is one of the key qualities which enables the Society to make a valuable contribution to the social, cultural and economic wellbeing of Scotland. I am delighted that these distinguished individuals, who encompass such a diverse range of skills and abilities have been elected to the Fellowship. We will be seeking to harness their wisdom, experience and energy to help achieve the aims of the Society and, in turn to be of further benefit to Scotland.”

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NOTE TO EDITORS

Press inquiries should be directed to Stuart Brown, Public Relations Officer, The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) on telephone 0131 240 5016, 07711 710 249 or email sbrown@royalsoced.org.uk.

1. The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) is Scotland’s foremost learned society and Scotland’s National Academy of Science & Letters. Its purpose, laid down in the RSE’s Royal Charter of 1783, is and remains “the advancement of learning and useful knowledge¿, both by supporting research and by disseminating knowledge to a wider public. It is unique in the UK in that its elected Fellowship has always represented excellence across the spectrum of academic, professional and business interests.

2. Election to Fellowship of the Society honours outstanding achievement across all academic subjects, the professions, the arts, commerce, industry and public life. But conferring the accolade of Fellowship on people recognised as amongst the best minds in Scotland is the beginning, not the end, of the Society’s purpose. The collective expertise and experience of the Fellowship is the underpinning foundation of all the other goals of the Society. Information about The RSE can be found on our website at: www.royalsoced.org.uk Scotland’s National Academy, The RSE is Scottish Charity No. SC000470

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