Learned Society Fellows 2013: Honours for Swansea academics

The Learned Society of Wales has announced the results of its 2013 Election of new Fellows.

Among those from Swansea University named by the Learned Society as being honoured this year are:

-          Professor Catherine Belsey FLSW, Research Professor, Department of English Language and Literature, College of Arts and Humanities

-          Professor Kenneth Board FREng FIEE FLSW, Research Professor, College of Engineering

-          Professor Jonathan Bradbury FLSW, Professor of Political Science, Department of Political and Cultural Studies, College of Arts and Humanities

-          Professor Ceri Davies DLitt FLSW, Emeritus Professor of Classics, Department of History and Classics, College of Arts and Humanities

-          Professor Iwan Davies FLSW, Sir Julian Hodge Professor of Law and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Internationalisation and External Affairs) Swansea  University; barrister (Gray’s Inn)

-          Professor David Gethin FIMechE FLSW, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering

-          Professor Simon Hands FLSW, Professor of Physics and Director of Research, College of Science

-          Professor Nidal Hilal DSc FICHEME FLSW, Professor of Engineering, College of Engineering

-          Professor Timothy Hollowood FLSW, Professor of Physics, College of Science

-          Mr Emyr Humphreys DLitt FRSL FLSW, Author

-          Professor Mark Humphries FLSW, Professor of Ancient History, Department of History and Classics, College of Arts and Humanities

-          Dr Christine James FLSW, Senior Lecturer, Department of Welsh, Academi Hywel Teifi, Swansea University and Archdruid-elect of Gorsedd Beirdd Ynys Prydain

-          Professor Gareth Elwyn Jones MBE FRHistS DLitt FLSW, Honorary Professor of Education, Swansea University and Swansea Metropolitan University; formerly, Professor of Education and Dean of the Faculty of Education, Aberystwyth University.  It is with great regret and sadness that the Society records the death on 20 April 2013 of Professor Gareth Elwyn Jones, who had been elected to be a Fellow during the 2012/13 Election Cycle.

-          Professor Steven Kelly FSB FRSC FLSW, Professor of Microbial Genetics and Molecular Biology, Institute of Life Sciences

-          Dr Gwyneth Lewis FRSL FLSW, Poet (formerly National Poet of Wales) and Royal Literary Fund Fellow, Swansea University

-          Professor Keith Lloyd FRCPsych FLSW, Professor of Psychiatry and Dean of the College of Medicine

-          Professor Ronan Lyons FFPH FFPHMI FLSW, Professor of Public Health, College of Medicine

-          Professor Peter Stead FLSW, formerly Senior Lecturer, Department of History, Swansea University, and Chair, Dylan Thomas Prize for literature and Visiting Professor, University of South Wales

-          Professor Harold Thimbleby FIET FLSW, Professor of Computer Science, College of Science

-          Professor Stephen Wilks FInstP FLSW, Head of the College of Science and Director, Centre for NanoHealth.

This year’s election has strengthened the Society considerably, adding sixty-nine Fellows in total to its ranks.

Like the Founding Fellows and the Fellows elected in 2011 and 2012, the newly-elected Fellows represent a broad range of academic disciplines.  Most are based in Welsh universities but a number are based in other parts of the United Kingdom or overseas.

Sir John Cadogan, the Society’s President, said: “We have once again elected a further very strong cohort of new Fellows, to add to the existing list of excellent Founding Fellows and Fellows. 

“Over the coming years, our Fellowship will continue to grow by election judged by peer review.  To be elected will continue to be a target for our young scholars.”

Professor Richard B Davies, Vice-Chancellor of Swansea University, said: “We welcome this announcement from the Learned Society on its election of new Fellows for 2013.

“The Society’s Fellowship represents the highest levels of academic excellence and achievement and we are pleased to see so many of our distinguished Swansea colleagues honoured in this way.”

Election to Fellowship of the Learned Society of Wales is by nomination by existing Fellows.  It is open to men and women of all ages and from all ethnic groups:

-          who have a demonstrable record of excellence and achievement in any of the academic disciplines or who, being members of the professions, the arts, industry, commerce or public service, have made a distinguished contribution to the world of learning; and

-          who are resident in Wales, or who are persons of Welsh birth but are resident elsewhere, or who otherwise have a particular connection with Wales.

For more information on The Learned Society of Wales visit http://learnedsocietywales.ac.uk/.