New Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Reserach Fellowship appointments announced

04 September 2012

The Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of science, has announced the appointment of seven new Royal Society Leverhulme Trust Senior Research Fellowship holders.

Funded by the Leverhulme Trust, the scheme is designed for scientists who would benefit from a period of full-time research without teaching and administrative duties. The scheme reimburses the employing institution with the full salary cost of a teaching replacement.  Fellowships cover all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine.

The newly appointed fellowship holders are working on a wide variety of projects including the biological control of insect crop pests; the future of solar power in Africa; and the use of robotic telescopes to study black holes and cool planets.

The full list of appointments is as follows:

Professor Richard Bowden

University of Surrey   

Do androids see optical illusions?

Professor Patrick Fowler    

University of Sheffield

Delocalisation, current and ring current in carbon molecules and nanostructures

Professor Keith Horne        

University of St Andrews       

Robotic telescopes, black holes and cool planets      

Professor John Hutchinson

The Royal Veterinary College

Sesamoid bones: an evolutionary, modelling and experimental perspective

Professor Ashley Moffett  

University of Cambridge        

Immunology of the maternal/fetal interaction

Professor Bryce Richards   

Heriot-Watt University

Solar future for Africa: indigenous photovoltaic materials, devices & systems

Professor Kenneth Wilson 

Lancaster University  

Epidemiology and biological control of insect crop pests

The Leverhulme Trust was established in 1925 under the Will of the First Viscount Leverhulme with the instruction that its resources should be used to support “scholarships for the purposes of research and education.” More information is available from