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Prof Sheila Rowan becomes Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 June 2016 09:54
Published on Tuesday, 14 June 2016 17:04

Prof Sheila Rowan, Director of the Institute for Gravitational Research at the University of Glasgow and a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, has been appointed as the new Chief Scientific AdvisersrowanProf Sheila Rowan, the Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland. Credit: University of Glasgow (CSA) for Scotland. Prof Rowan specialises in the detection and study of gravitational waves.

She was part of the team that used the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) to make the first detection of gravitational waves, announced in February this year.

RAS President Prof John Zarnecki congratulated Prof Rowan: "Sheila is a scientist of international standing and a leading figure in physics and astronomy in the UK. I'm delighted to see her appointment as CSA, where I know she will be an outstanding advocate for science in Scotland."