Trio of University professors ranked among science greats

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  • University of Sheffield professors named among 50 new Fellows of the Royal Society
  • Accolade recognises their exceptional contribution to science
  • Honour has previously been bestowed on Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein

Professor David Beerling, Professor Steven Armes and Professor Tom Bridgeland

Three professors from the University of Sheffield have achieved one of the greatest accolades in science by being elected Fellows of the Royal Society.

Professor Steven Armes, Professor David Beerling and Professor Tom Bridgeland, of the University’s Faculty of Science, are named in a list of 50 new Fellows released today.

The Fellowship of the Royal Society is made up of the most eminent scientists, engineers and technologists from the UK and the Commonwealth. Past Fellows and Foreign Members have included Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein.

Richard Jones, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation at the University of Sheffield, said: “We are enormously proud of the achievements of Steve, David and Tom that have led to their election to the Royal Society.

All my colleagues at the University of Sheffield join me in congratulating them on this richly deserved recognition of their very substantial contributions to science.

Professor Armes has been in the Department of Chemistry since 2004, becoming Professor of Polymer and Colloid Chemistry. He is currently Director of the Sheffield Polymer Centre and Farapack Polymers.

Professor Beerling came to Sheffield in 1994 and is currently Professor of Palaeoclimatology in the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences. His research focuses on how ecosystems and the environment have evolved.

Professor Bridgeland came back to Sheffield last year, having previously held a postdoctoral position. He is now Professor of Pure Mathematics in the School of Mathematics and Statistics.

Sir Paul Nurse, President of the Royal Society, said: “Science helps us to better understand ourselves and the natural world on which we depend. Building scientific knowledge helps us face some of the planet’s biggest challenges such as food shortages, climate change and tackling disease. These scientists who have been elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society have already contributed much to the scientific endeavour, whether that is in academia, industry or government.”

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The University of Sheffield

With almost 25,000 of the brightest students from around 120 countries, learning alongside over 1,200 of the best academics from across the globe, the University of Sheffield is one of the world’s leading universities.

A member of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group of leading research-led institutions, Sheffield offers world-class teaching and research excellence across a wide range of disciplines.

Unified by the power of discovery and understanding, staff and students at the university are committed to finding new ways to transform the world we live in.

In 2011 it was named University of the Year in the Times Higher Education Awards and in the last decade has won four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes in recognition of the outstanding contribution to the United Kingdom’s intellectual, economic, cultural and social life.

Sheffield has five Nobel Prize winners among former staff and students and its alumni go on to hold positions of great responsibility and influence all over the world, making significant contributions in their chosen fields.

Global research partners and clients include Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Unilever, AstraZeneca, Glaxo SmithKline and Siemens, as well as many UK and overseas government agencies and charitable foundations.

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