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Manchester Professor elected a Fellow of the AAAS

30 Nov 2012

A University of Manchester scientist has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Professor Douglas Kell
Professor Douglas Kell

Douglas Kell, Professor of Bioanalytical Science in the School of Chemistry and the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology, was elected to the prestigious body, which is an honour bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers.
This year 702 members have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially-distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. Professor Kell is one of fewer than 50 UK scientists of nearly 8,000 Fellows recorded on the AAAS website to hold this honour.

New Fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue rosette pin, representing science and engineering respectively, on Saturday, 16 February at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2013 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.

This year’s AAAS Fellows will be formally announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science on 30 November 2012.

Professor Kell, who is also the Chief Executive of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), focuses on the development and application of novel analytical methods to the solution of complex biological problems.

As one of the Biological Sciences nominees, Professor Kell was elected for his “distinguished contributions to quantitative and systems biology and analytical biotechnology, and for service as CEO, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, UK.”
Professor Kell said: “I am delighted to have been recognized by my peers, and for the great honour of being elected a Fellow of AAAS.

“This recognition is a notable reflection of the work I have been doing here at The University of Manchester, and also at the BBSRC.

“AAAS is a hugely prestigious organisation which is instrumental in the advancement of science and works tirelessly to promote scientific excellence throughout the world.”

The tradition of AAAS Fellows began in 1874. Currently, members can be considered for the rank of Fellow if nominated by the steering groups of the Association’s 24 sections, or by any three Fellows who are current AAAS members (so long as two of the three sponsors are not affiliated with the nominee's institution), or by the AAAS chief executive officer.

Each steering group then reviews the nominations of individuals within its respective section and a final list is forwarded to the AAAS Council, which votes on the aggregate list.

The Council is the policymaking body of the Association, chaired by the AAAS president, and consisting of the members of the board of directors, the retiring section chairs, delegates from each electorate and each regional division, and two delegates from the National Association of Academies of Science.

Notes for editors

Professor Kell is available for interview on request.

Images of Professor Kell are available from the Press Office.

For further information please contact:

Daniel Cochlin
Media Relations Officer
The University of Manchester
0161 275 8387

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journal, Science ( as well as Science Translational Medicine ( and Science Signaling ( AAAS was founded in 1848, and includes 261 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world, with an estimated total readership of 1 million. The non-profit AAAS ( is open to all and fulfills its mission to “advance science and serve society” through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, and more. For the latest research news, log onto EurekAlert!,, the premier science-news Web site, a service of AAAS.