IOP names four new Honorary Fellows

29 September 2017

Professor Peter Saraga, who served as IOP president in 2006–8, is one of four new Honorary Fellows named by the Institute today, along with Professor Mike Cates, Professor Christine Davies and Professor Robin Millar.

IOP names four new Honorary Fellows

Honorary fellowship is the highest honour that the Institute can bestow and it will be conferred on those named today at the IOP’s annual Awards Dinner on 7 November. The four join a distinguished list of 57 other Honorary Fellows.

Professor Saraga is made an Honorary Fellow “for distinguished contributions to applied physics, sustained support for the Institute of Physics and his leading role in advocacy for physics, higher education and science policy”. Professor Saraga has had a distinguished career in applied physics research culminating in his directorship, over 1992–2002, of Philips Research Laboratories UK. He has held numerous non-executive and advisory roles in areas such as STEM outreach, higher education and science policy. He was a member of the board of the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) in 2002–08, chaired HEFCE’s Advisory Group on Strategically Important and Vulnerable Subjects and its assessment panel for the UK Research Partnership Innovation Fund and led the pilot study into Impact for Physics for the Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF2014), going on to be a member of the Physics Panel for REF2014. He also chaired the industry advisory panel for the Cockcroft Institute and an International Science benchmarking review at the National Physical Laboratory.

IOP names four new Honorary Fellows

Professor Mike Cates is the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, where he is in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics and is head of the Soft Matter Group. He is also a Royal Society Research Professor. He is made an Honorary Fellow “for pioneering advances in soft-matter physics and sustained leadership in the scientific community”. Professor Cates is a pioneer and advocate of the emerging, interdisciplinary field of soft condensed matter and is the first soft-matter physicist to hold the Lucasian Chair. He has served as an elected member of the council of the Royal Society and chairs the International Scientific Committee of ESPCI ParisTech. His numerous awards and prizes include the IOP’s James Clerk Maxwell Medal and Prize and the Paul Dirac Medal and Prize.

IOP names four new Honorary Fellows

Professor Christine Davies is head of the Particle Physics Theory Group at the University of Glasgow and chairs the board of the DiRAC High Performance Computing facility of the Science and Technology Facilities Council. She is made an Honorary Fellow “for her world-leading achievements in particle physics research and her sustained record of outstanding academic leadership”. Following postdoctoral work at Cornell University and at the University of Glasgow she became a professor at Glasgow in 1999. She was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2001. Her many awards include the Rosalind Franklin prize of the Royal Society and she currently holds a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award. She was a member of the RCUK review panel for physics and chaired the IOP’s Diversity Committee 2007-2011.

IOP names four new Honorary Fellows

Professor Robin Millar, of the University of York, is made an Honorary Fellow for “internationally leading research in physics education”. He has directed or co-directed major research projects on young people’s images of science, the influence of students’ procedural and conceptual knowledge on their performance of science investigations, and the use of diagnostic questions for stimulating changes in teachers’ classroom practices. He was coordinator of the Evidence-based Practice in Science Education Research Network, a core member of the Nuffield Foundation seminar series that led to the Beyond 2000 report and a co-author of the report, and has been centrally involved in several major curriculum development projects, both in the UK and internationally. He was president of the European Science Education Research Association in 1999–2003, and of the Association for Science Education for 2012. He was awarded the IOP’s Lawrence Bragg Medal and Prize in 2008.