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Two MPLS academics have been elected as Fellows of the Royal Society, with a number of other academics receiving awards and significant grants.

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Royal Society fellowships

Two of the six academics recently elected as Fellows of the Royal Society are from MPLS Division. They are:

  • Professor Graham Richards CBE FRS, Chairman and Founder, Oxford Drug Design Ltd and Professor in the Department of Chemistry.
  • Professor Guy Wilkinson FRS, Professor of Physics in the Department of Physics

For the full list of Oxford University recipients see the news story on the University website.

Humboldt awards

Dr Laura Herz and Professor Philipp Stier from the Department of Physics are both the recipient of a Humboldt Research Award. Humboldt Research Awards are given to outstanding academics at the peak of their careers.

The award is granted in recognition of a researcher's entire achievements to date and is given to academics whose fundamental discoveries, new theories, or insights have had a significant impact on their own discipline and who are expected to continue producing cutting-edge achievements in the future. Award winners are invited to spend a period of up to one year cooperating on a long-term research project with specialist colleagues at a research institution in Germany.

Royal Society of Chemistry awards

Five Oxford chemists are among the winners of the RSC’s 2018 prizes and awards, which celebrate outstanding work and recognise achievements in advancing the chemical sciences. For more details see the Chemistry website.

  • Frankland Award winner – Professor Simon Aldridge. The Frankland Award is awarded for outstanding and highly innovative contributions to the synthesis of main group compounds with unusual electronic structure, and their application in small molecule activation and catalysis. 
  • Spiers Memorial Award winner – Professor Sir David Clary. The Spiers Memorial Award is presented once a year to the introductory lecturers who are likely to provide the most stimulating and wide-ranging introduction to the discussion.
  • Robert Boyle Prize for Analytical Science winner – Professor Richard Compton. The Robert Boyle Prize for Analytical Science is awarded for outstanding contributions to analytical science. It is given in memory of Robert Boyle (1627–1691), who is widely regarded as being the first modern chemist. 
  • Main Group Chemistry Award winner – Professor Jose Goicoechea. The Main Group Chemistry Award is awarded for outstanding and transformative developments in the fundamental and applied chemistry of the p-block elements, especially that of phosphorus and arsenic. 
  • Ronald Belcher Award winner – Ms Kamonwad Ngamchuea. The Ronald Belcher Award is awarded in recognition of the quality of research in analytical chemistry and in particular for work on human saliva and quantification of glutathione as a biomarker. 

royal society of engineering fellowship

Dr Brian Sheil in the Department of Engineering Science has been awarded a Royal Academy of Engineering research fellowship for his project on Intelligent Real-time Monitoring to Inform Underground Construction Processes.

ERC advanced grants

Congratulations are also due to eight academics in MPLS Division who have received ERC Advanced Grants. They are as follows:

  • Cigdem Issever, Physics: HIGGSSELCOUPLING: Uncovering the Origins of Mass: Discovery of the di-Higgs Process and Constraints on the Higgs Self-Coupling
  • Radu Coldea, Physics: EQFT: Emergence from Quantum Frustration and Topology
  • Andrew Bunker, Physics: FIRSTGALAXIES: NIRSpec guaranteed time on the James Webb Space Telescope.
  • J. C. Seamus Davis, Physics: MVITO:  MilliKelvin visualisation of topological order
  • Andrew Goodwin, Chemistry: COMPLEXORDER: The Complexity Revolution: Exploiting Unconventional Order in Next-Generation Materials Design
  • Luis Alday, Mathematics: ACB: The Analytic Conformal Bootstrap
  • Liam Dolan, Plant Sciences: DENOVO-P: De novo Development of Polarity in Plant Cells
  • Kevin Foster, Zoology: MICROWARS: The Evolution of Bacterial Warfare

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