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St Andrews six elected RSE fellows

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

The awards, presented to over 50 eminent individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to their field and achievement in public service, were announced last night.

Their names/positions are as follows:

HOOD, Alan William, Professor of Applied Mathematics, University of St Andrews;

LENMAN, Bruce Philip, Emeritus Professor of Modern History, University of St Andrews;

MACKENZIE, Andrew Peter, Professor of Condensed Matter Physics and Director of Research, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of St Andrews;

MAGURRAN, Anne Elizabeth, Professor of Ecology and Evolution, University of St Andrews;

O’HAGAN, David, Professor of Organic Chemistry, University of St Andrews;

REICHER, Stephen David, Professor of Psychology, University of St Andrews.

RSE Vice President Professor Andy Walker said, “The breadth of an independent, multidisciplinary body such as the RSE enables it to make a valuable contribution to the social, cultural and economic wellbeing of Scotland. I am delighted that these eminent individuals, who encompass such a diverse range of skills and experience have been elected to the Fellowship. We shall be seeking to involve them in the aims of the Society and, in turn, be of further benefit to Scotland.”

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For RSE media enquiries, please contact Stuart Brown, PR & Communications Manager, The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) – Tel. 0131 240 5016; 077 11 710 249 or email sbrown@royalsoced.org.uk.

The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) is Scotland’s National Academy of Science and Letters. A wholly independent, non party- political body with charitable status, the RSE is a knowledge resource for the people of Scotland. Organising conferences and lectures both for the specialist and for the general public, the RSE is a forum for informed debate on issues of national and international importance.

The Society draws upon the expertise of its multidisciplinary fellowship of approximately 1300 peer-elected men and women of international standing, to provide independent, expert advice to key decision making bodies, including Government and Parliament. Strengthening links between academia and industry and boosting wealth-generation at home, the Society’s Research Awards programme annually awards well over one and a half million pounds to exceptionally talented young academics and potential entrepreneurs. Today, operating a successful programme of inspiring lectures and hands-on workshops for primary and secondary school pupils, the RSE is also active in classrooms from the Borders to the Northern Isles. The multidisciplinary membership of the RSE makes it unique amongst learned Societies in Great Britain. Its peer-elected fellowship encompasses excellence in the Sciences, Arts, Humanities, the Professions, Industry and Commerce. Born out of the intellectual ferment of the Scottish Enlightenment, the RSE was founded in 1783 by Royal charter for the “advancement of learning and useful knowledge”. A progressive Scottish Society, working as part of the UK and within a global context, the Royal Society of Edinburgh is committed to the future of Scotland’s social, economic and cultural well-being. The RSE is Scottish Charity No. SC000470. Further information about the RSE can be found on its website at http://www.royalsoced.org.uk

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