Five of the best: RAS Fellows amongst top 100 scientists
Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Prof. Michele Dougherty, Dr Becky Parker, Lord (Martin) Rees of Ludlow and Prof. Jocelyn Bell-Burnell all make the list of the UK’s top 100 scientists, published by the Science Council today.
The five leading astronomers, all Fellows of the Royal Astronomical Society, are acknowledged for their different contributions to science and public life. Maggie Aderin-Pocock, recently named as the new co-presenter of Sky at Night, is recognised as a leading communicator; planetary scientist Michele Dougherty as a leading investigator; and Becky Parker, RAS Patrick Moore Medal winner, as one of the UK’s best teachers. Two past Presidents of the Royal Astronomical Society are also included: Jocelyn Bell-Burnell for her co-discovery of pulsars and leadership in the scientific community; and Martin Rees for his contribution to scientific research and policy.
The current President of the Royal Astronomical Society, Prof. David Southwood, paid tribute to the five nominees. "To see five astronomers on the list of the UK’s best scientists is a testament to the strength of astronomy and space science in this country. Their diverse contributions in such different areas show how the skills developed in ‘blue skies’ research deliver a huge benefit to wider society."
The full list of the top 100 UK scientists is available from the Science Council.
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