Seven IOP members become Fellows of the Royal Society

9 May 2018

Six of our Fellows – plus CERN Director-General Dr Fabiola Gianotti, who is an IOP Honorary Fellow – have been elected Fellows of the Royal Society (RS), it was announced today.

Seven IOP members become Fellows of the Royal Society
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All seven will be formally admitted to the RS at an Admissions Day ceremony in July. Dr Gianotti (pictured left) is one of 10 new Foreign Members of the RS and the remaining six are among 50 new Fellows of the RS.

Seven IOP members become Fellows of the Royal Society
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Professor Jim Al-Khalili, who is Professor of Physics and Professor of Public Engagement in Science at the University of Surrey, has been made a Fellow of the RS for his work on the neutron halo as well as his dedicated service to public engagement. He is a co-opted member of our Council and was awarded our William Thomson, Lord Kelvin Medal and Prize in 2011.

Seven IOP members become Fellows of the Royal Society

Professor Robin Grimes, is Professor of Materials Physics at Imperial College, London and Chief Scientific Adviser for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In his research, he uses computer modelling to predict the structural and dynamic behaviour of ceramics, metals and semiconductors for energy applications.

Seven IOP members become Fellows of the Royal Society

Professor Sheila Rowan is Director of the Institute for Gravitational Research at the University of Glasgow and was made a Fellow of the RS for her key contributions to the discovery of gravitational radiation, particularly her innovative work in improving the sensitivity of the LIGO and other detectors. She became Chief Scientific Adviser to the Scottish Government in 2016 and in the same year she was awarded our Fred Hoyle Medal and Prize.

Seven IOP members become Fellows of the Royal Society

Professor Michelle Simmons is Professor of Physics and Director of the Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology at the University of New South Wales. She has been made a Fellow of the RS for her ground-breaking achievements that have opened a new frontier of research in computing and electronics, providing a platform for redesigning conventional transistors and for developing a quantum computer.

Seven IOP members become Fellows of the Royal Society

Professor Timothy Softley is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Knowledge Transfer) at the University of Birmingham. He is distinguished for his advances in the study of atoms and molecules in Rydberg states and for his pioneering experiments using combinations of novel physical devices for studying the kinetics and dynamics of chemical processes at ultralow temperatures where quantum effects determine the reactivity.

Seven IOP members become Fellows of the Royal Society

Professor Nikolay Zheludev is Deputy Director of the Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton. His work has had a considerable impact on developing new concepts in which precise nanoscale structuring of matter enhance and radically change its optical properties and has greatly enhanced the toolkit of photonics, offering numerous applications ranging from optical information processing to imaging.

 

Other physicists who were elected as Fellows of the RS were: Professor Kevin Costello, Krembil Foundation William Rowan Hamilton Chair in Theoretical Physics at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in the US; Professor David Richardson, Deputy Director of the Optoelectronics Research Centre at the University of Southampton; Professor Graeme Stephens, Director of the Center for Climate Sciences at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology; and Professor Guy Wilkinson, Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford.



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