A number of RSS fellows were elected to the Royal Society, as announced on 29 April 2016.
Among the 50 newly elected FRS’s are Anne Glover and Christl Donnelly, both of whom are plenary speakers (Significance and President's invited lecturers respectively) at the RSS 2016 Annual Conference.
Professor Dame Anne Glover is former chief scientific adviser to the president of the European Commission. In her role at the EC, and as Scotland’s first chief scientific adviser before that, she helped develop strategic initiatives to bridge the gap between science and policy. She became a Dame (DBE) for services to science in 2015. As current vice principal for external affairs and Dean for Europe at the University of Aberdeen, her current research is focuses around soil microbiology and developing techniques to clean up polluted land.
Professor Donnelly, a former RSS council member, is a statistician and epidemiologist studying the spread and control of infectious diseases. She served as deputy chairman of the Independent Scientific Group on Cattle Tuberculosis, where she advised government on research and oversaw a large randomised trial of badger culling strategies and she is currently a leading member of the WHO Ebola response team.
Another RSS fellow, Professor Jack Cuzick, was elected for his achievements in preventive medicine, notably his work showing that tamoxifen was highly effective in the prevention of breast cancer. The director of the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine at Queen Mary University of London, also used HPV DNA testing as an alternative to the conventional Pap smear test, which is now becoming the primary screening method in many places.
Other notable elections this year include Vinton Cerf of Google, Simon Peyton Jones of Microsoft Research Cambridge and the well-known science communicators in physics and maths respectively, professors Brian Cox, and Marcus du Sautoy.
The Royal Society fellowship includes some of the world's most eminent scientists; past Fellows/Foreign Members have included Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking.