5 members of Edinburgh Infectious Diseases elected as Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

We are delighted to announce that Judi Allen and Keith Matthews (Institute of Immunology and Infection Research), Peter Simmonds (The Roslin Institute), and Mark Blaxter and Andrew Rambaut (Institute of Evolutionary Biology) have all been elected as fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Judi, Keith, Peter, Mark and Andrew were among 53 new fellows elected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh at an RSE Ordinary Meeting on Monday 3 March 2014.  All the new fellows are also members of the Wellcome Trust-funded Centre for Immunity, Infection and Evolution at the University of Edinburgh, of which Keith Matthews is the Director.

Newly elected Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh:  Judi Allen, Mark Blaxter, Keith Matthews and Peter Simmonds

The Royal Society says

These outstanding people come from a wide variety of disciplines, spanning the arts, business, science and technology sectors.  They will join those Fellows, past and present, who have strived to attain the RSE’s founding mission: ‘the advancement of learning and useful knowledge’.  Fellowship, which includes more than 1500 people from Scotland, the rest of the UK and beyond, ensures that the RSE can provide leadership and excellence across all areas of public life.

Commenting, President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Sir John Arbuthnott, said,

The Fellowship is at the very heart and soul of the work of the RSE.  One of my most rewarding duties is to oversee the highly-selective process that identifies which of the outstanding candidates nominated each year should be recommended for election to the Fellowship of the RSE.  With such a great number of highly distinguished individuals joining this year, I have every confidence that they will bring the exceptional skills and experience needed by the RSE to continue its 230-year history of supporting excellence across all areas of academic and public life in Scotland.”

Very many congratuations to all our new Fellows!

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