Funding boost for pioneering researchers
Three Edinburgh academics have been recognised as some of today’s most promising researchers.
Dr Manuel Fernández-Götz of Archaeology, Dr Scott Cockroft of Chemistry and Dr Hannah Rohde of Linguistics have each been awarded a prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prize.
Awarded annually by the Leverhulme Trust, the prizes recognise the achievement of outstanding researchers who have made an exceptional contribution to their area of study, and are expected to continue to do so.
The £100,000 award can be used for any purpose to advance the recipient’s research.
University archaeologist Dr Fernández-Götz was awarded the significant prize to support his pioneering research into the Iberian Peninsula and the Roman Cconquest.
The funding boost will allow Dr Fernández-Götz to help identify and study former battlefields, Roman military camps and indigenous settlements in northern Spain and beyond.
His research will shed light on the Roman conquest of north-western Europe between the 1st century BC and the 1st century AD.
He will also complete a book on the archaeology of the Iberian Peninsula for the Cambridge University Press World Archaeology Series.
The publication, which is expected to spark new debate among archaeologists and historians, will be the first to cover the timespan from the Bronze Age to the Muslim conquest.
Dr Cockroft is a senior lecturer in organic chemistry, a branch of science that involves the study of compounds and materials that contain carbon atoms.
The Leverhulme Prize recognises research contributions of his team to the understanding of interactions that occur between all molecules.
The money awarded will enable continued investigation of molecular interactions and the development of new classes of molecular machines.
Dr Rohde is a lecturer in Linguistics and English Language at the University.
The prize will support her ongoing research into the way that listeners interpret words within a sentence and predict the outcomes of what they hear.