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  • Sir Adrian Smith PRS

    Sir Adrian Smith PRS

    Elected 2001

  • Sir Adrian Smith PRS

    • Fellow
    • Elected: 2001
    • Former Principal, Queen Mary University of LondonDirector General, Knowledge & Innovation, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Skills, Government Office for SciencePresident, The Royal SocietyVice-Chancellor, University of LondonInstitute Director and Chief Executive, Alan Turing Institute

President

Sir Adrian Smith is President of the Royal Society. He started his five year term on 30 November 2020.

Adrian is a mathematician with particular expertise in the field of Bayesian statistics and was knighted in 2011.

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About the Fellowship

The Royal Society is a self-governing Fellowship made up of the most eminent scientists, engineers and technologists from the UK and the Commonwealth. Fellows and Foreign Members are elected for life through a peer review process on the basis of excellence in science.

There are approximately 1,700 Fellows and Foreign Members, including around 85 Nobel Laureates. Each year up to 52 Fellows and up to 10 Foreign Members are elected from a group of around 800 candidates who are proposed by the existing Fellowship.

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Fellows in the news

  • Professor Robin Grimes FREng FRS

    Professor Robin Grimes FREng FRS

    Elected 2018

  • Professor Robin Grimes FREng FRS

    • Fellow
    • Elected: 2018
    • Steele Professor of Energy Materials, Department of Materials, Imperial College LondonChief Scientific Adviser (Nuclear), Ministry of DefenceFormer Chief Scientific Adviser, Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO)

Professor Robin Grimes is new Foreign Secretary

Professor Robin Grimes has taken over the role of Foreign Secretary of the Royal Society. Professor Grimes is a former Chief Scientific Adviser to the Ministry of Defence and Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the Steele Chair of Energy Materials at Imperial College London.

He heads up the Society’s international work at a time when supporting scientific collaboration and maintaining the closest possible links with European researchers is of paramount importance to the Royal Society, and to UK science as a whole.

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  • Sir Adrian Smith PRS

    Sir Adrian Smith PRS

    Elected 2001

  • Sir Adrian Smith PRS

    • Fellow
    • Elected: 2001
    • Former Principal, Queen Mary University of LondonDirector General, Knowledge & Innovation, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Skills, Government Office for SciencePresident, The Royal SocietyVice-Chancellor, University of LondonInstitute Director and Chief Executive, Alan Turing Institute

Anniversary Day Address 2021

President of the Royal Society, Adrian Smith, delivered his Anniversary Day Address on November 30 2021.

Sir Adrian Smith started his five year term as President on 30 November 2020.

Read the speech

Governance

The Royal Society is governed by a Council of Fellows, who are elected by the Fellowship. Find out more about the Officers, Council and Committees who oversee the work of the Society.

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About the Fellowship

Discover the lives and scientific achievements of former Fellows in our Biographical Memoirs publication. Or find out more about the process of nomination, selection and admission.

How are Fellows and Foreign Members elected?

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