Royal Society research fellowships go to three IOP members

8 September 2015

Two associate members of the Institute have been awarded prestigious University Research Fellowships by the Royal Society (RS) and another has been appointed to a joint Royal Society-Science Foundation Ireland University Research Fellowship.

Royal Society research fellowships
L-R: Jonathan Mackey, Neale Gibson, Natalie Wheeler

This year the RS is awarding 38 of the fellowships to outstanding scientists who have the potential to become leaders in their chosen fields. They will take up their posts in institutions in the UK and Ireland in October.

Neale Gibson will be working on “Atmospheres of alien worlds: spectroscopy of transiting exoplanets” at Queen’s University Belfast. His current post is at the European Southern Observatory in Germany.

Jonathan Mackey will be researching “Massive stars in the interstellar medium” at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Cologne, in Germany.

Natalie Wheeler’s research will be on “Low loss hollow core-photonic crystal fibres for mid-IR (2.5-12 µm) applications” at the University of Southampton, where she is currently a research fellow in the Optoelectronics Research Centre.