HRH Prince Andrew The Duke of York KG GCVO
On 2 May 2013, His Royal Highness Prince Andrew The Duke of York KG GCVO was elected as a Royal Fellow of the Society. His Royal Highness has long been interested in science and its applications, and is a strong and active supporter of many of the activities of the Society.
The Duke is especially interested in how science is funded, how scientific discoveries are translated into commercial use, and career options for young scientists. He is aware that funding science adequately is critical for the health and well-being of the nation and for its economic development. He is also aware that researchers encounter many funding obstacles throughout their careers, including finding investors to assist with the commercial development of their discoveries. Over the last few years The Duke has engaged at the Society with Fellows and University Research Fellows (URFs) over science funding, he has attended the URFs annual conference, hosted a reception for all current URFs (approximately 300) at St James’s Palace, been a keynote speaker at the annual Labs to Riches dinner at the Society and been Patron of Sovereign Science - opening the exhibition held at the Society as part of the 2012 Jubilee Year to celebrate science throughout the Queen’s reign. He is also playing a key role in the Society’s Year of Science and Industry and its wider translation agenda. He is committed to continuing to support the work of the society.
The Duke of York was born on 19 February 1960. He trained at the Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth and as a helicopter pilot was decorated for his service in the Falklands War on HMS Invincible. Thereafter His Royal Highness held a variety of positions in the Royal Navy, including serving as flight commander on HMS Campbeltown and commander of the minehunter HMS Cottesmore. He is a Rear Admiral. The Duke supports a number of charities, including Fight for Sight, which is dedicated to research into the prevention and treatment of blindness and eye disease.
HRH The Duke of York joins five Royal Fellows of the Society who are:
- HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh [1951, but elected under Statute 12 rather than as a Royal Fellow]
- HRH The Prince of Wales 
- HRH The Princess Royal 
- HRH The Duke of Kent 
- HRH The Duke of Cambridge