RAS PN 08/38: Professor Andy Fabian becomes President of the Royal Astronomical Society
ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY PRESS INFORMATION NOTE
Date: 8 May 2008
For Immediate Release
Ref.: PN 08/38
Dr Robert Massey
RAS Press Officer
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PROFESSOR ANDY FABIAN BECOMES PRESIDENT OF THE ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY
On 9 May 2008 Professor Andy Fabian of the University of Cambridge will become President of the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), the largest professional astronomical body in Europe. Professor Fabian will take over from incumbent President Professor Michael Rowan-Robinson at the annual general meeting of the RAS and will serve until May 2010.
Professor Fabian has been active in professional astronomy since the early 1970s, having received his degrees from the University of London (BSc, King’s; PhD, University College). His current research interests are black holes, clusters of galaxies and X-ray astronomy. In recognition of his work he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 1996 and awarded an OBE in 2006. He was awarded the Rossi prize (jointly with Y. Tanaka) of the American Astronomical Society in 2001 and the Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics by the American Physical Society and the American Astronomical Society in 2008. He is Vice Master of Darwin College, Cambridge.
Professor Fabian is delighted to be taking up his new role. He comments, “It is a great honour to take up the office of President of the RAS. In today’s uncertain funding climate, astronomers, space scientists and geophysicists need the support of a professional body more than ever.
Over my two years I will be working very hard to make sure that our voice is heard and that our work receives the recognition it deserves. Some of the most exciting cutting-edge discoveries are made in astronomy, space science and geophysics and the public rightly holds them in high esteem. Our science has a bright future – provided we receive the support we need.”
NOTES FOR EDITORS
The RAS was founded in 1820 and encourages and promotes the study of astronomy, solar-system science, geophysics and closely related branches of science. With more than 3000 members (Fellows), a third of whom are based overseas, the RAS is one of the largest astronomical societies in the world. Its broad membership base includes scientific researchers in universities, observatories and laboratories as well as historians of astronomy and others in related fields.
The Society represents UK astronomy and geophysics nationally and internationally and in recent months has lobbied actively against the cuts to research funding announced by the Science and Technology Facilities Council. The RAS also organizes scientific meetings, publishes international research and review journals, recognizes outstanding achievements by the award of medals and prizes, maintains an extensive library and supports education through grants and outreach activities.
Professor Andy Fabian
Institute of Astronomy
University of Cambridge
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Robert Massey (details above)