RSE welcomes 60 new Fellows


Outstanding Academics, Celebrated Professionals and Royalty Join Scotland’s National Academy

The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) is delighted to announce that HRH The Duke of Cambridge has been elected to become an RSE Royal Honorary Fellow. We much look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with HRH, as we have with our Patron, Her Majesty The Queen, and our other Royal Fellows.¹

Also announced today are the names of 59 distinguished individuals who have been elected to become Fellows of the RSE. Hailing from sectors that range from the arts, business, science and technology and academia, they join the current RSE Fellowship whose varied expertise supports the advancement of learning and useful knowledge in Scottish public life.
The strength of the RSE lies in the breadth of disciplines represented by its Fellowship. This range of expertise enables the RSE to take part in a host of activities such as providing independent and expert advice to Government and Parliament, supporting aspiring entrepreneurs through mentorship, facilitating education programmes for young people and engaging the general public through educational events.
The RSE is heartened to see a continued increase in the number of new Fellows from the arts, business and professional spheres. They include:
    One of the biggest names in crime writing, Val McDermid is a founding writer of what has become known as the ‘tartan noir’ genre.
  • GRICE, Sir Paul
    Chief Executive, Scottish Parliament. Sir Paul Grice played a major role in the establishment of the Scottish Parliament and fosters connections between the Scottish Parliament and the world of academia.
  • BARONESS YOUNG OF OLD SCONE, Barbara (Honorary Fellow)
    Life Peer, House of Lords. Baroness Young was the Chief Executive of Diabetes UK from 2010 to 2015. The Baroness is currently Chair of the Woodland Trust Board of Trustees.
  • BRUCE-GARDYNE, Lucinda
    Business women and founder of Genius Foods; the brand leader in gluten-free products in the UK.
  • ANGIOLINI, The Right Honourable Dame Elish Frances
    The Right Honourable Dame Elish is the Principal of St Hugh's College, University of Oxford and formerly the Solicitor General and Lord Advocate of Scotland.
  • KELLY, Dame Barbara Mary
    Dame Barbara Kelly is the Chairman of The Robertson Trust and a central figure in rural affairs in Scotland having acted as the Chair for the £30M Millennium Forest for Scotland Trust.
  • WARK, Kirsty
    Kirsty Wark is a Scottish journalist and television presenter. Best known for fronting BBC Two's current affairs programme Newsnight, Kirsty also presented on the BBC’s Newsnight Review from 2002 to 2014.
A number of the new RSE Fellows are involved in the highest calibre of scientific enquiry and policy making:
  • SARGENT, Anneila Isabel (Honorary Fellow)
    Ira S. Bowen Professor of Astronomy, California Institute of Technology. University of Edinburg Alumna of the Year 2002. Former President of the American Astronomical Society and Chair of the NASA Space Science Advisory Committee.
  • SIR WALPORT, Mark Jeremy (Honorary Fellow)
    Chief Scientific Adviser to HM Government, Government Office for Science. Distinguished clinical scientist, scientific communicator and advisor. UKRI Chief Executive designate.
 Strengthening the international work of the RSE, highly-distinguished individuals join the RSE as Corresponding Fellows, including:
  • JAMISON, Kay Redfield, The Dalio Family Professor in Mood Disorders, Johns Hopkins University
  • BAER, Thomas Michael, Executive Director, Stanford Photonics Research Centre, Stanford University
  • LIU, Congqiang, Professor, Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences
New Fellows are elected each year through a rigorous five-stage nomination process. The breadth of the Fellowship—which includes over 1600 individuals from the UK and abroad — enables the RSE to provide a wide range of leadership and expertise.
President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, commented, “Each newly elected Fellow has been nominated on their exceptional and extensive achievements; it is a great honour to welcome such a range of outstanding individuals to the Fellowship. In joining the RSE Fellowship, they will strengthen the Society’s capacity to advance excellence across all areas of public life in Scotland and further afield.”
For more information, contact RSE Press Officer, Hannah Robertson on 0131 240 2792,
Notes to Editors
About the RSE
The Royal Society of Edinburgh is a leading educational charity which operates on an independent and non-party-political basis to provide public benefit throughout Scotland. Established by Royal Charter in 1783 by key proponents of the Scottish Enlightenment, the RSE now has around 1600 Fellows from a wide range of disciplines. The work of the RSE includes awarding research funding, leading on major inquiries, informing public policy and delivering events across Scotland to inspire knowledge and learning.
The RSE’s Fellowship comprises Honorary Fellows (members of the Royal House or persons eminently distinguished in any subject within our disciplinary domains), Corresponding Fellows (those who have attained high international standing in any subject within our disciplinary domains, and are not normally resident in the UK) and Fellows.
Details on all the new Fellows:
SARGENT, Anneila Isabel
Ira S. Bowen Professor of Astronomy, California Institute of Technology
WALPORT, Sir Mark Jeremy
Chief Scientific Adviser to HM Government, Government Office for Science, and Chief Executive designate, UKRI
Life Peer, House of Lords
BAER, Thomas Michael
Executive Director, Stanford Photonics Research Centre, Stanford University
GAO, George Fu
Professor and Director, CAS Key Laboratory of Pathogenic Microbiology and Immunology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
LIU, Congqiang
Professor, Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Distinguished Professor of Archaeology, Uppsala Universitet
JAMISON, Kay Redfield
The Dalio Family Professor in Mood Disorders, Johns Hopkins University
AITMAN, Timothy John
Professor of Molecular Pathology and Genetics and Director of Centre for Genomic and Experimental Medicine, University of Edinburgh
ANGIOLINI, The Right Honourable Dame Elish Frances
Principal of St Hugh's College, University of Oxford
BENSON, David John
Sixth Century Professor of Pure Mathematics, University of Aberdeen
BOSWELL, Christina Anne
Professor of Politics, University of Edinburgh
BREWSTER, Stephen Anthony
Professor of Human-Computer Interaction, University of Glasgow
BRINK, Stefan
Sixth Century Professor of Scandinavian Studies, University of Aberdeen
BRUCE-GARDYNE, Lucinda Emma Kate
Founder and Research and Product Development Director, Genius Foods Ltd
DALBY, Matthew John
Professor of Cell Engineering, University of Glasgow
DUFF, Peter Robert
Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Aberdeen
FACCIO, Daniele
Professor in Physics, Heriot-Watt University
FAIRBAIRN, James Bennett
Executive Director, Howden Group Ltd
FLETCHER, Lyndsay Fletcher
Professor of Astrophysics, University of Glasgow
GAMMELL, Sir William Benjamin Bowring
Chairman, Genius Foods Limited; Chairman, Winning Scotland Foundation; Director, Figured Ltd.
GILBERT, Martin James
Chief Executive, Aberdeen Asset Management
GILLESPIE, Stephen Henry
Sir James Black Professor of Medicine, University of St Andrews
GRICE, Sir Paul Edward
Chief Executive, Scottish Parliament
HAAS, Harald
Professor of Mobile Communications, University of Edinburgh
HALL, Hazel Jane Read
Professor of Social Informatics, Edinburgh Napier University
HANNAFORD, Philip Christopher
Vice-Principal (Digital Strategy), University of Aberdeen
HORN, David
Professor of Parasite Molecular Biology, University of Dundee
HUNT, Kate
Associate Director, MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow
INNES, Elisabeth Ann
Principal Scientist and Director of Communication, Moredun Research Institute
KELLY, Dame Barbara Mary
Chairman, The Robertson Trust
Freelance Theatre Director
MACPHERSON, Fiona Elizabeth
Professor of Philosophy, University of Glasgow
MACPHERSON, Lorna Margaret Davidson
Professor of Dental Public Health, University of Glasgow
MARTIN, Ursula Hilda Mary
Professor of Computer Science, University of Oxford
Chief Executive, Glasgow Life
MCCORMAC, Francis Gerald (Gerry)
Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Stirling
MCDERMID, Valerie Lesley Campbell
MCKEOWN, Neil Bruce
Crawford Tercentenary Professor of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh
NAUGHTIE, (Alexander) James
Special Correspondent and Books Editor, BBC News
NORMAN, Jane Elizabeth
Professor of Maternal and Fetal Health, University of Edinburgh
O’CARROLL, Ronan Edward
Professor of Psychology, University of Stirling
PERMAN, Raymond John
Director, David Hume Institute
RAMPEN, William Hugh Salvin
Chairman and Founder, Artemis Intelligent Power Ltd.
REID, Jane Margaret
Professor of Population and Evolutionary Ecology, University of Aberdeen
REID, Derryck Telford
Professor of Physics and Head of Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences, Heriot-Watt University
Medical Practitioner, Muirhouse Medical Group
ROUSE, John William
Professor in Chromosome Biology, University of Dundee
SHARP, Joanne Patricia
Professor of Geography, University of Glasgow
SMITH, Andrew David
Professor of Organic Chemistry, University of St Andrews
STEELE, Robert James Campbell
Professor of Surgery, University of Dundee
STEWART, Iain Simpson
Professor of Geoscience Communication and Director of the Sustainable Earth Institute, University of Plymouth
Professor in Hydrology and Landscape Ecology, University of Aberdeen
TUDHOPE, Alexander William
Head of School of GeoSciences and Professor of Climate Studies, University of Edinburgh
Regius Professor of Rhetoric and English Literature, University of Edinburgh
WARK, Kirsty
Presenter, BBC Newsnight
WATT, Alison
WILLIAMS, Richard Andrew
Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Heriot-Watt University
WILSON, Jeremy David
Head of Conservation Science, RSPB Scotland
¹ The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Princess Royal and now The Duke of Cambridge are all Royal Honorary Fellows of the RSE. Her Majesty The Queen is a Patron of the RSE.