Two outstanding Strathclyders elected as Fellows of the Royal Society

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Two exceptional Strathclyde academics are amongst 90 researchers from across the world who have this year been elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of sciences.

Recognised for their invaluable contributions to science, the elected Fellows are leaders in their fields from Strathclyde are Professor Keith Ridgway, Senior Executive – Manufacturing and Professor Glynn Winskel, in the Department of Computer and Information Sciences.

They join Nobel laureate, Professor Emmanuelle Charpentier; an Emmy winner, Dr Andrew Fitzgibbons and the former Chief Scientific Advisor to the US President, Professor Anthony Fauci amongst the academics recognised.

Outstanding Group

Drawn from across academia, industry and wider society, the new intake spans disciplines as varied as pioneering treatments for Huntington’s Disease, developing the first algorithm for video streaming, generating new insights into memory formation, and studying the origins and evolution of our universe.

Professor Ridgway said: “I am delighted to have been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society and grateful for the support of colleagues at the University of Strathclyde who have been so committed to working on translational research and solving industrial problems.”

Professor Winskel said: “The news is still sinking in, and rather humbling now I’ve seen the full list of those elected.”

Sir Adrian Smith, President of the Royal Society, said: “I am pleased to welcome such an outstanding group into the Fellowship of the Royal Society.

“This new cohort have already made significant contributions to our understanding of the world around us and continue to push the boundaries of possibility in academic research and industry.

“From visualising the sharp rise in global temperatures since the industrial revolution to leading the response to the Covid-19 pandemic, their diverse range of expertise is furthering human understanding and helping to address some of our greatest challenges.

“It is an honour to have them join the Fellowship.”