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Royal Society of Edinburgh's 2021 Fellows revealed


Scotland’s national academy, the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE), has revealed its newly selected 2021 Fellows.

They will join the RSE’s current roll of around 1,600 leading thinkers and practitioners from Scotland and beyond.

This year’s cohort includes many who have made a positive impact during Covid-19, either as a result of their academic research or through their contribution to arts or for the role they have played in communicating complex information with the public.

Those who are elected to the Fellowship have undergone a rigorous assessment of their achievements, professional standing and the contribution they and their work make to wider society.

The list includes many academics such as professor Devi Sridhar, chair of global public health and director of the global health governance programme at Edinburgh University, who has become something a household name in the last 12 months as a public health expert during the pandemic.

Also becoming a Fellow is Louise Macdonald, who has been instrumental in helping to shape Scotland’s future for young people through her work as chief executive at Young Scot, and was recently appointed as national director of Institute of Directors Scotland.

Founding partner and executive chairman of law firm Harper Macleod, professor Lorne Crerar, has also been elected. He is an emeritus professor of banking law at University of Glasgow, author of the Crerar Review of public services, and the creator of the home report system.



Lorne Crerar

Macdonald said: “I am honoured to have been selected as an RSE Fellow alongside so many remarkable people doing such extraordinary work here in Scotland and around the globe.”

Crerar added: “I am very much looking forward to the opportunity to contribute to the work of RSE which is so important particularly in these challenging times.”

Alongside the 79 Ordinary Fellows, is Honorary Fellow Baroness Onora O’Neill of Bengarve – known for her work in political philosophy and ethics – and seven Corresponding Fellows from across the world, including Dr James Rautio, founder and president of Sonnet Software.

Dame Anne Glover, president of the RSE, said: “Through uniting these great minds from different walks of life, we can discover creative solutions to some of the most complex issues that Scotland faces.

“A warm welcome is extended to all of our new Fellows.”

Most new Fellows are academics, but among the business leaders are: Anne Glover, co-founder and chief executive of Amadeus Capital Partners; Andrew Sloan, managing director at COWI UK; Judy Wagner, co-founder and director of FWB Park Brown; Ian Stevens, chief executive of Bsolve Dental; and Dr Poonam Malik, director at Scottish Enterprise.

All candidates for Fellowship must be nominated by an existing Fellow and supported by a further two.

Nominations then go through a five-stage selection process, to ensure that those elected are leading lights in their respective fields.

The over-riding requirement for selection is excellence, measured against three criteria: outstanding achievement, professional standing, and societal contribution.

The full list of new Fellows is below:

  • Sam Alberti, Keeper of Science and Technology, National Museums Scotland
  • Karen Anderson, Architect and Founding Partner, Anderson Bell Christie
  • Malcolm Appleby, Designer and Engraver
  • Clive Badman, Executive Director, Special Projects in Life Sciences, University of Strathclyde
  • Christopher Barratt, Head of Division Post Graduate Medicine, University
  • Derek Bell, Professor for Acute Medicine, Imperial College London
  • Kirstie Blair, Chair in English Studies, University of Strathclyde
  • Helen Bond, Head of the School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh
  • Holly Branigan, Head of School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences, University of Edinburgh
  • Tara Brendle, Head of Mathematics, University of Glasgow
  • Ian Brown, Senior Honorary Research Fellow in Scottish Literature, University of Glasgow
  • Malinda Carpenter, Professor of Developmental Psychology, University of St Andrews
  • Calum Colvin, Professor of Fine Art Photography, University of Dundee
  • Lorne Crerar, Chairman, Harper MacLeod
  • James Curran, Chair, Climate Ready Clyde
  • Vincent Deighan, Comic Book Artist – also known by the pen name Frank Quitely
  • Maria Dornelas, Reader in the School of Biology, University of St Andrews
  • Michael Eddleston, Professor of Clinical Toxicology, University of Edinburgh
  • Heather Ferguson, Professor of Medical Entomology and Disease Ecology, University of Glasgow
  • Neil Firth, Director, Piers Arts Centre
  • Julie Fowlis, Musician, Singer, Presenter
  • Nicholas Fraser, Keeper of Natural Sciences, National Museums Scotland
  • Nikolaj Gadegaard, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, University of Glasgow
  • Fiona Gilbert, Professor of Radiology and Head of Department, University of Cambridge
  • Paul Glendinning, Professor of Applied Mathematics, University of Manchester
  • Anne Glover, Co-Founder and Chief Executive, Amadeus Capital Partners
  • Faye Hammill, Professor of English Literature, University of Glasgow
  • Susan Healy, Professor of Biology, University of St Andrews
  • Lord Patrick Hodge, Deputy President, Supreme Court of the UK
  • Andrew Horne, Professor of Gynaecology and Reproductive Sciences, University of Edinburgh
  • Paul Hoskisson, Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair in Engineering Biology, University of Strathclyde
  • Kirsty Hughes, Director, Scottish Centre on European Relations
  • Alison Hulme, Professor of Synthesis and Chemical Biology, University of Edinburgh
  • Alvin Jackson, Richard Lodge Professor of History, University of Edinburgh
  • Aggelos Kiayias, Chair in Cyber Security and Privacy, University of Edinburgh
  • Olga Kozlova, Director of Innovation and Industry Engagement, University of Strathclyde
  • Nina Laurie, Professor of Geography and Development, University of St Andrews
  • Linda Lawton, Professor of Environmental Microbiology, Robert Gordon University
  • Dame Mariot Leslie, Diplomat
  • John Ludden, Bicentennial Research Professor, The Lyell Centre at Heriot-Watt University
  • Lesley McAra, Chair of Penology and Director of the Edinburgh Futures Institute, University of Edinburgh
  • Louise Macdonald, Chief Executive, Young Scot
  • Malcolm Macdonald, Professor of Applied Space Technologym University of Strathclyde
  • Nicola McEwen, Co-Director at the Centre on Constitutional Change, University of Edinburgh
  • Heather McGregor, Executive Dean, Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University
  • Stuart Macgregor, Professor at the Institute of Chemical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University
  • Andrew McIntosh, Head of Division of Psychiatry, University of Edinburgh
  • Paul McKenna, Head of Department of Physics, University of Strathclyde
  • Ross McLure, Professor of Extragalactic Astrophysics, University of Edinburgh
  • Lesley McMillan, Professor of Criminology and Sociology, Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Poonam Malik, Director, Scottish Enterprise
  • Matthias Marti, Professor of Molecular Parasitology, University of Glasgow
  • Peter Mathieson, Principal, University of Edinburgh
  • Richard Mellanby, Professor of Comparative Medicine, University of Edinburgh
  • Simon Milne, Regius Keeper, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
  • Peter Mossey, Professor of Craniofacial Development, University of Dundee
  • Alexander Murphy, Chair of Nuclear and Particle Astrophysics, University of Edinburgh
  • Dilip Nathwani, Emeritus Honorary Professor of Infection, University of Dundee
  • E. Elizabeth Patton, Personal Chair of Chemical Genetics, MRC Investigator
  • Yvan Petillot, Professor of Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Heriot-Watt University
  • Douglas Philp, Professor in Chemistry, University of St Andrews
  • Eleanor Riley, Professor of Immunology and Infectious Disease, University of Edinburgh
  • Ian Rivers, Associate Principal and Professor of Education for Social Change, University of Strathclyde
  • Boyd Robertson, Chair, NHS Highland Board
  • Bernd Schroers, Professor of Mathematics, Heriot-Watt University
  • Nigel Seaton, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Abertay University
  • Jim Skea, Professor of Sustainable Energy, Imperial College London
  • Andrew Sloan, Managing Director, COWI UK
  • Jennifer Smith, Professor of Sociolinguistics, University of Glasgow
  • Devi Sridhar, Chair in Global Public Health, University of Edinburgh
  • Ian Stevens, Chief Executive, Bsolve Dental
  • Rev John Swinton, Professor in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care, University of Aberdeen
  • Andrew Tyler, Associate Dean for Research in the Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Stirling
  • Neil Vargesson, Professor in Developmental Biology, University of Aberdeen
  • Judy Wagner, Co-founder and Director, FWB Park Brown
  • Philip White, Research Specialist in Plant Ecophysiology, James Hutton Institute
  • Christopher Williams, Chair of Machine Learning, University of Edinburgh
  • James F Wilson, Personal Chair in Human Genetics, University of Edinburgh
  • Graham Wren, Director of Major Projects, University of Strathclyde

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