Remarkable scientists join Royal Society

Two Edinburgh researchers have been selected to join a prestigious fellowship in recognition of their exceptional contributions to science.

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They are among eighty outstanding researchers, innovators and communicators to be elected as the newest Fellows of the Royal Society – the UK’s national academy of sciences.

Professor Loeske Kruuk, School of Biological Sciences.

Edinburgh Fellows

The new Fellows, from the College of Science and Engineering are:

  • Professor Loeske Kruuk FRS, Royal Society Research Professor, Institute of Ecology and Evolution, School of Biological Sciences and;
  • Professor Philip Wadler FRS, Professor of Theoretical Computer Science, Laboratory for Foundations of Computer Science, School of Informatics.

Exceptional contributions

Professor Kruuk is a leading evolutionary ecologist. Her research integrates the role of genetics with the short-term effects of environmental change on the development and survival of wild animal populations.

Professor Philip Walder, School of Informatics.

Professor Wadler’s research has advanced the theory and practice of programming computer languages – the software infrastructure of our world. By influencing the design of widely-used language models including Java, Go, Swift and Haskell he has had a profound impact on programmers and end users alike.

I am delighted to welcome our newest cohort of Fellows. These individuals have pushed forward the boundaries of their respective fields and have had a beneficial influence on the world beyond.

“They are pioneering scientists and innovators from around the world who have confounded expectations and transformed our thinking. This year’s intake have already achieved incredible things, and I have no doubt that they will continue to do so.

Sir Adrian SmithPresident of the Royal Society

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