Distinguished scientists elected as Fellows and Foreign Members of the Royal Society

16 April 2019

Fifty-one eminent scientists have become Fellows of the Royal Society, as well as ten new Foreign Members and one Honorary Fellow for their exceptional contributions to science.

Venki Ramakrishnan, President of the Royal Society, says: 

"Over the course of the Royal Society’s vast history, it is our Fellowship that has remained a constant thread and the substance from which our purpose has been realised: to use science for the benefit of humanity.

"This year’s newly elected Fellows and Foreign Members of the Royal Society embody this, being drawn from diverse fields of enquiry - epidemiology, geometry, climatology - at once disparate, but also aligned in their pursuit and contributions of knowledge about the world in which we live, and it is with great honour that I welcome them as Fellows of the Royal Society."

Some statistics about this year’s intake are as follows:

  • 13 of this year’s intake of Fellows (10) and Foreign Members (3) are women
  • 15 newly elected Fellows and 7 Foreign Members are primarily affiliated with US-based institutions
  • Newly elected Fellows and Foreign Members are from across the UK and Commonwealth, as well as international institutions in Argentina, Israel, and the Netherlands

The full list of the newly elected Fellows and Foreign Members of the Royal Society is, in alphabetical order:

Fellows of the Royal Society

Professor Salim S. Abdool Karim FRS

Director, Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), CAPRISA Professor of Global Health, Department of Epidemiology, Columbia University and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), University of KwaZulu-Natal

Professor Charles Bangham FMedSci FRS

Professor of Immunology, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London

Professor Gurdyal Besra FMedSci FRS

Bardrick Professor of Microbial Physiology and Chemistry, Institute of Microbiology and Infection, School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham

Professor Manjul Bhargava FRS

R. Brandon Fradd Professor of Mathematics, Department of Mathematics, Princeton University

Professor Caucher Birkar FRS

Professor of Mathematics, Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics, University of Cambridge

Professor Benjamin Blencowe FRS

Professor and Banbury Chair in Medical Research, University of Toronto

Dr James Briscoe FRS

Senior Group Leader, Developmental Dynamics Laboratory, Francis Crick Institute

Professor Peter Butler FRS

Professor of Physics, Department of Physics, University of Liverpool

Professor Lucy Carpenter FRS

Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of York

Professor Sarah C. Darby FRS

Professor of Medical Statistics, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford

Professor George Davey Smith FMedSci FRS

Professor of Clinical Epidemiology,  Population Health Sciences, Bristol Medical School, University of Bristol

Professor Martin Embley FRS

Professor of Molecular Evolutionary Biology, Institute for Cell and Molecular Biosciences, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Dr Bernard Fanaroff FRS

Special Advisor to the Managing Director, South African Radio Astronomy Observatory and Square Kilometre Array South Africa

Professor Jonathan Flint FRS

Billy and Audrey Wilder Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles

Professor Véronique Gouverneur FRS

Professor of Chemistry, Chemistry Research Laboratory, University of Oxford

Professor Christopher Hacon FRS

McMinn Presidential Endowed Chair, and Distinguished Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of Utah

Professor Mark Handley FRS

Professor of Networked Systems, Department of Computer Science, University College London

Professor Richard Harland FRS

CH Li Distinguished Professor of Genetics and Senior Associate Dean of Biological Sciences, Genomics and Development, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley

Professor Peter Haynes FRS

Professor of Applied Mathematics, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics University of Cambridge

Professor Martin Head-Gordon FRS

Kenneth S Pitzer Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley and Senior Faculty Scientist, Chemical Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Professor Matthew Hurles FRS

Senior Group Leader and Head of Human Genetics, Wellcome Sanger Institute

Professor Richard Jozsa FRS

Leigh Trapnell Professor of Quantum Physics, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Centre for Mathematical Sciences, University of Cambridge

Professor Gagandeep Kang FRS

Executive Director, Translational Health Science and Technology Institute, India

Professor Steve Kay FRS

Provost Professor of Neurology and Director of Convergent Bioscence, University of Southern California

Professor John-Michael Kendall FRS

BGS Professor of Geophysics, School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol

Professor Roy Kerr FRS

Canterbury Distinguished Professor, Mathematics Department, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

Professor Jonathan Knight FRS

Professor of Physics, Department of Physics, University of Bath and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), University of Bath

Professor Marta Kwiatkowska FRS

Professor of Computing Systems, Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford and Fellow, Trinity College, Oxford

Dr Mark Mayer FRS

Scientist Emeritus, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health, USA

Professor Gareth H. McKinley FRS

School of Engineering Professor of Teaching Innovation, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Professor David Nicholls FRS

Professor Emeritus of Mitochondrial Physiology, the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, USA

Professor Christine Orengo FRS

Professor of Structural Bioinformatics, Division of Biosciences, University College London

Professor Anne Osbourn FRS

Group Leader, Department of Metabolic Biology, John Innes Centre

Professor Anant Parekh FRS

Professor of Physiology, Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford

Professor Julian Peto FRS

Professor of Epidemiology, Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Professor Caetano Reis e Sousa FMedSci FRS

Assistant Research Director and Senior Group Leader, The Francis Crick Institute

Professor John Rodenburg FRS

Personal Chair, Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Sheffield

Professor Matthew Rushworth FRS

Watts Professor of Experimental Psychology, Department of Experimental Psychology and  Wellcome Trust Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging (WIN), University of Oxford

Professor Leonid Sazanov FRS

Professor, Institute of Science and Technology Austria

Professor Gregory Scholes FRS

William S Tod Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Princeton University

Professor Barbara Sherwood Lollar CC FRS

Director, Stable Isotope Laboratory, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Toronto

Professor Molly Shoichet OC FRS

University Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto

Professor Liz Sockett FRS

Professor of Bacterial Genetics and Wellcome Trust Investigator, School of Life Sciences, University of Nottingham

Professor Paraskevas Sphicas FRS

Senior Scientist, CERN and Professor of Physics, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Professor Jack W. Szostak FRS

Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr Andrew Taylor OBE FRS

Executive Director, STFC National Laboratories

Professor Robert Tibshirani FRS

Professor of Biomedical Data Science and Statistics, Departments of Biomedical Data Science and Statistics, Stanford University

Professor Ian Tomlinson FRS

Director, Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences, University of Birmingham

Professor Sir Doug Turnbull FMedSci FRS

Professor of Neurology and Director, Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Professor Akshay Venkatesh FRS

Professor, School of Mathematics, Institute for Advanced Study

Professor Kumar Wickramasinghe FRS

Distinguished Professor and Nicolaos G and Sue Curtis Alexopoulos Presidential Chair of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, University of California, Irvine


Foreign Members

Professor Barry Barish ForMemRS

Linde Professor of Physics, Emeritus, California Institute of Technology and Distinguished Professor of Physics, University of California, Riverside

Professor Hans Clevers ForMemRS

Professor in Molecular Genetics, University Medical Center Utrecht and Staff Scientist, Hubrecht Institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences

Professor Sandra Diaz ForMemRS

Professor of Community and Ecosystems Ecology, National University of Córdoba, and Senior Researcher, National Research Council, Argentina

Professor Jack Dongarra ForMemRS

University Distinguished Professor, University of Tennessee, Distinguished Staff, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Turing Fellow, School of Mathematics, Univeristy of Manchester

Professor Elaine Fuchs ForMemRS

HHMI, Investigator and Rebecca C. Lancefield Professor, Laboratory of Mammalian Cell Biology and Development, Rockefeller University

Professor Inez Fung ForMemRS

Professor of Atmospheric Science, Department of Earth and Planetary Science and Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, University of California, Berkeley

Professor David Milstein ForMemRS

Professor and The Israel Matz Professorial Chair of Organic Chemistry, Department of Organic Chemistry, Weizmann Institute of Science

Professor Akkihebbal Ravishankara ForMemRS

University Distinguished Professor, Departments of Chemistry and Atmospheric Science, Colorado State University

Professor James Rothman ForMemRS

Sterling Professor of Cell Biology, School of Medicine, Yale University

Professor Brian Staskawicz ForMemRS

Professor of Plant and Microbial Biology, University of California, Berkeley


Honorary Fellow

Dr Yusuf Hamied FRS

Chairman, Cipla