Exceptional scientists elected as Fellows of the Royal Society
Three outstanding University of Manchester academics have been honoured among eighty researchers, innovators and communicators from around the world who have been elected as the newest Fellows of the Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of sciences and the oldest science academy in continuous existence.
They have been selected for their substantial contribution to the advancement of science, from the use of forensic techniques to identify victims of war crimes, to investigating processes in the Earth’s core, and mapping the world’s largest peatlands in the Congo basin.
Sir Adrian Smith, President of the Royal Society said: “I am delighted to welcome our newest cohort of Fellows. These individuals have pushed forward the boundaries of their respective fields and had a beneficial influence on the world beyond.
“Among this year’s intake are individuals who were at the forefront of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and those working on global challenges, from TB to climate change. They are pioneering scientists and innovators from around the world who have confounded expectations and transformed our thinking.
“This year’s intake have already achieved incredible things, and I have no doubt that they will continue to do so. I look forward to meeting them and following their contributions in future.”
I am delighted to welcome our newest cohort of Fellows. These individuals have pushed forward the boundaries of their respective fields and had a beneficial influence on the world beyond.
This year sees 59 Fellows, 19 Foreign Members and two Honorary Fellows elected, reflecting changes introduced in 2023 which increased the maximum number who can be elected. This will help create a broader and more engaged Fellowship and support the Society’s mission of championing excellence in research and science for the benefit of humanity.
The Fellows and Foreign Members join the ranks of Stephen Hawking, Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Lise Meitner, Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar and Dorothy Hodgkin.
New University of Manchester Fellows:
Professor Judith Allen FMedSci FRS
Professor of Immunobiology, Faculty of Medicine, Biology and Health, University of Manchester
Professor Mark Lancaster FRS
Professor of Particle Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester
Professor Allan Matthews FREng FRS
Professor of Surface Engineering and Tribology, The Henry Royce Institute, Department of Materials, University of Manchester
Statistics about this year’s intake of Fellows:
- 30% of this year’s intake of Fellows, Foreign Members and Honorary Fellows are women.
- New Fellows have been elected from 20 UK institutions, including Manchester, Sussex, Exeter and Edinburgh.
- They have been elected from countries including Japan, Finland, China and South Africa.
The full list of the newly elected Fellows and Foreign Members can be found on the Royal Society website.