Congratulations to new Fellows of The Royal Society of Edinburgh

Congratulations to Professors Ross McLure and Alex Murphy of the School of Physics and Astronomy, who today were among the 87 distinguished individuals elected to become Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE), Scotland’s national academy, has revealed its newly selected 2021 Fellows. These new Fellows will join the RSE’s current roll of around 1,600 leading thinkers and practitioners from Scotland and beyond, whose work has a significant impact on our nation.

Newly selected Fellows

Ross is Professor of Extragalactic Astrophysics and is based in the School’s Institute for Astronomy.  His research is focused on determining the physical properties of the first galaxies to form in the early history of the Universe. The goal of this research is to improve our understanding of the earliest phases of galaxy evolution and to unveil the sources responsible for the re-ionization of the Universe some 13 billion years ago.

On his election Ross said:

I am honoured to be joining the Fellowship of the RSE. I am looking forward to working alongside the many remarkable Fellows to promote the wide-ranging objectives of the Society.

Alex is Professor of Nuclear & Particle Astrophysics, and is based in the School’s Institute for Nuclear and Particle Physics.  His research is on direct detection of dark matter, and nuclear astrophysics, especially explosive scenarios. 

On his election Alex commented:

I feel humbled to be selected in such good company with existing RSE Fellows. I am delighted to be able to have the opportunity to support the RSE’s valuable work.

Commenting on the new fellows, Professor Dame Anne Glover, President of The Royal Society of Edinburgh said:

As Scotland’s national academy we recognise excellence across a diverse range of expertise and experience, and its effect on Scottish society. This impact is particularly clear this year in the latest cohort of new Fellows which includes scientists who are pioneering the way we approach the coronavirus; those from the arts who have provided the rich cultural experience we have all been missing, and some who have demonstrated strong leadership in guiding their organisations and communities through this extraordinary time. 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.

The Royal Society of Edinburgh

The Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland's National Academy, is an educational charity established in 1783. Unlike similar organisations in the rest of the UK, the RSE’s strength lies in the breadth of disciplines represented by its Fellowship. Its membership includes Fellows from across the entire academic spectrum – science and technology, arts, humanities, social sciences, business, and public service. New Fellows are elected to the RSE each year through a rigorous five-stage nomination process.  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.