Professor Dame Black is Director of both the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification and the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Sciences. She is Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute, a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh) and an Honorary Fellow of both the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. She is the lifetime Professor of Anatomy for the Royal Academy of Scotland. She was awarded an OBE in 2001 and a DBE in 2016. The Saltire Society have named her an oustanding woman of Scotland in 2017 and in 2015 she was awarded their Fletcher of Saltoun award for contributions to culture and science in Scotland. She is a recipient of the Lucy Mair medal for humanitarian assistance in anthropology, the Jephcott gold medal for contribution to science in medicine, the Stephen Fry award for public engagement with science and the Brian Cox award for public engagement. She holds two police commendations for the quality of her work in assisting with criminal investigations. She is most proud that there is a science laboratory named after her in St. Margret’s school in Aberdeen.
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