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RAS congratulates honoured Fellows

Last Updated on Friday, 21 June 2013 14:50
Published on Friday, 21 June 2013 13:27

The RAS congratulates two of its Fellows who have received national honours in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. National honours are issued twice a year on the advice of the UK government, to recognise exceptional public service.

OBE medalOBE medalProf. James (Jim) Hough, Professor of Natural Philosophy at the University of Glasgow, has been appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). Hough's research is in the design of gravitational wave detectors; he is also the Chief Executive of the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance. Hough is honoured 'for services to science'.

Dr Teresa Anderson, of the University of Manchester, has been appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE). Anderson is the Director of the Discovery Centre at Jodrell Bank Observatory, a new vistor centre and exhibition space which opened in 2011. Anderson is honoured 'for services to astrophysics'.

David SouthwoodPresident of the RAS, Prof. David SouthwoodThe President of the RAS, Prof. David Southwood, said: "Astronomy needs individuals committed not only to doing science but also prepared to dedicate part of their time to the organisation and promulgation of science in the wider community. Honours mark recognition of this wider perspective. All Fellows of the RAS will want to congratulate James (Jim) Hough and Teresa Anderson."

The current patron of the RAS is Queen Elizabeth II. In appropriate cases the RAS can nominate individuals for national honours.