IOP members are elected to fellowship of the Royal Society
8 May 2014
Seven IOP members were among those made fellows or foreign members of the Royal Society (RS) in its annual election on 1 May.
Each year, up to 52 new fellows and up to 10 new foreign members are elected, drawn from candidates who have made “a substantial contribution to the improvement of natural knowledge”.
Prof. Steven Chu, an honorary fellow of the IOP, was made a foreign member of the RS. He is a winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics, former US Secretary of Energy, and currently William R Kenan Professor of Physics and Professor of Molecular and Cellular Physiology at Stanford University.
IOP fellow Prof. David Charlton has been made a fellow of the RS. He is Professor of Particle Physics at the University of Birmingham and is the collaboration spokesperson for ATLAS at the LHC at CERN. Prof. Charlton is a leader in the experimental elucidation of electroweak symmetry-breaking.
Also made a fellow of the RS is IOP fellow Prof. Steven Cowley, chief executive officer of the UK Atomic Energy Authority and a professor at Imperial College London. He has played a leading role in developing the multi-scale approach to computing the plasma turbulence in fusion experiments and discovered a key mechanism for the observed explosive eruptions from confined plasmas.
IOP fellow Prof. Timothy Leighton has been made a fellow of the RS. He is Professor of Ultrasonics and Underwater Acoustics at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, University of Southampton. He is distinguished for his research on the acoustical physics of bubbles, for his inventions and discoveries, and for numerous industrial applications.
IOP member Prof. Paul Midgley, Professor of Materials Science at the University of Cambridge, has been made a fellow of the RS. Prof. Midgley is distinguished for many innovations and applications of transmission microscopy, diffraction and spectroscopy, particularly the pioneering development of sub-nanometre scale electron tomography.
IOP fellow Prof. Miles Padgett has been made a fellow of the RS. He holds the Kelvin Chair of Natural Philosophy at the University of Glasgow. His contributions to optics include an optical spanner for spinning micron-sized objects, use of orbital angular momentum to increase the data capacity of communication systems, and an angular form of the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen quantum paradox.
IOP fellow Prof. Anthony Watts, Professor of Marine Geology and Geophysics at the University of Oxford, has been made a fellow of the RS. Prof. Watts is a marine geologist and geophysicist who has made fundamental contributions to the understanding of the structure and evolution of the world’s ocean basins and their margins.