Our Honorary Fellows listed by surname:
Professor Sir James Armour CBE FRSE Hon FRSB
Professor Sir James is emeritus professor of veterinary parasitology at the University of Glasgow. He has served on many governmental and academic committees and other organisations including vice-president of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 1998 to 2000, and chairman of the St Andrews Clinics for Children in Africa, 2000 to 2005. He was awarded a CBE in 1989 and was knighted in 1995.
Sir David Attenborough OM CH CVO FZS FSA CBE FRS Hon FRSB
Sir David is a celebrated broadcaster and naturalist. After studying natural sciences at Cambridge, Attenborough embarked on a successful career in television and is considered by many to be the face and voice of natural history. His many documentaries over the past 50 years and more, such as the Life BBC series, have brought the beauty of nature to the attention of mainstream audiences. A video of Sir David 'in conversation' at the RSB's 2015 fundraising event is available on YouTube.
Professor Sue Black OBE FRSE FRAI FRCP HFRCPSG Hon FRSB
Professor Black is director of the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification at the University of Dundee. She is a founder and past president of the British Association for Human Identification and advisor to the Home Office and Interpol on issues pertaining to forensic anthropology in disaster victim identification (DVI). She is Patron of the Dundee Women in Science Festival and a Wolfson research merit award holder. Professor Black is Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Royal Anthropological Institute, the Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh). She was awarded an OBE in 2001 for her services to forensic anthropology in Kosovo, the Lucy Mair medal for humanitarian services in 2008, a police commendation for DVI training and in 2013 CAHID was awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize for excellence in higher education.
Professor Sir Colin Blakemore FMedSci Hon FRCP Hon FRSM FRS Hon FRSB
Professor Sir Colin is a professor of neuroscience and philosophy at the School of Advanced Study, University of London and an emeritus professor of neuroscience at the University of Oxford. His research interests include vision, early development of the brain and plasticity of the cerebral cortex. He is president of the Motor Neurone Disease Association and The Brain Tumour Charity, and chair of the General Advisory Committee on Science at the Food Standard Agency. Past roles include president of the British Association for the Advancement of Science (now the British Science Association) and The Physiological Society and chair of Understanding Animal Research. He was the founding president of the Biosciences Federation, which was the predecessor of the Royal Society of Biology. As well as authoring hundreds of specialist books and articles, he has communicated science to the public through a significant amount of television and radio broadcasting, as well as popular science books and frequent contributions to the national press on science and science policy.
Sir Thomas Blundell FRS FRSC FMedSci MAE
Sir Thomas is a British biochemist, structural biologist, and science administrator. He was a member of the team of Dorothy Hodgkin that solved in 1969 the first structure of a protein hormone, insulin. Sir Thomas has made contributions to the structural biology of polypeptide hormones, growth factors, receptor activation, signal transduction, and DNA double-strand break repair, subjects important in cancer, tuberculosis, and familial diseases. In 1999 he co-founded the oncology company Astex Therapeutics, which has moved 10 drugs into clinical trials. Sir Thomas has played central roles in restructuring British research councils and, as President of the UK Science Council, in developing professionalism in the practice of science.
Professor Sir Stephen Bloom Hon FRSB
Professor Bloom is the head of division for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, chair of the academic Section of Investigative Medicine at Imperial College London and chief of service for pathology at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. He is a leading expert on obesity and currently leads a research group investigating hypothalamic appetite control systems and gut hormones. This group's discovery that oxyntomodulin reduces appetite offers a potential new treatment for obesity. In 2012, Professor Bloom was knighted for his service to health and has sat on numerous committees, including the MRC Advisory Board and the Royal College of Physicians.
Professor Sir Gordon Conway KCMG FRGS FRS Hon FRSB
Professor Sir Gordon is currently professor of international development at Imperial College London where his work focuses on the crucial role science can play in poverty reduction. He trained in agricultural ecology and pioneered of sustainable agriculture in the 1960s, developing integrated pest management programmes in Malaysia. He has held many significant posts, including: president of the Royal Geographical Society; director of the Sustainable Agriculture Programme at IIED; vice-chancellor of the University of Sussex; president of The Rockefeller Foundation; and the first ever chief scientific adviser to the Department for International Development.
Professor Brian Cox CBE FRS Hon FRSB
Professor Cox works at CERN in Geneva on the ATLAS experiment, studying the forward proton detectors for the Large Hadron Collider there. He is based at The University of Manchester as a research fellow and works in the High Energy Physics group. Cox was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen's 2010 Birthday Honours for services to science.
Professor Richard Dawkins FRSL FRS Hon FRSB
Professor Dawkins is an evolutionary biologist, ethologist and author of many notable books including The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker and The God Delusion. He is famous for popularising the view that the gene is the principal unit of selection in evolution and, more recently, for his outspoken atheist beliefs. He is the founder of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, and the former Charles Simonyi professor of the public understanding of science at Oxford University. Read an interview with Professor Dawkins in The Biologist.
Sir Martin Evans FRS FMedSci Hon FRSB
Sir Martin is a developmental biologist and received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, along with Mario Capecchi and Oliver Smithies, in recognition of their work in the development of the knockout mouse and the related technology of gene targeting. Sir Martin is a Fellow of the Royal Society and a founder Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. He was awarded the prestigious Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research in the US in 2001.
Richard Fortey FRS FRSL Hon FRSB
Richard is a British palaeontologist, natural historian, writer and television presenter, who served as President of the Geological Society of London for its bicentennial year of 2007. Richard studies the evolution of arthropods and has a particular interest in the long-extinct marine arthropods, trilobites - one of the earliest groups of arthropods in existence.
Fiona Fox OBE Hon FRSB
Fiona Fox is chief executive of the Science Media Centre and her career includes periods working for the Equal Opportunities Committee, the National Council for One Parent Families, and CAFOD (a leading aid agency). As the founding director of the Science Media Centre, established in 2002, Fiona has led the Centre to become an indispensable resource for science journalists. Fiona has received many accolades for her services to science, including an OBE, honorary fellowships of the Academy of Medical Science and British Pharmacology Society, and a special award for promoting openness in animal research.