Some of the UK’s most outstanding academic talent has been recognised by Her Majesty The Queen, who has approved RSE Council’s recommendations for the 2017 RSE Royal Medals.
This year’s RSE Royal Medals are to be awarded to Professor Peter Boyle CorrFRSE FMEDSci, President, International Prevention Research Institute and Director, the University of Strathclyde Institute of Global Public Health, for his outstanding contribution to global cancer control and public health policy; Professor Tessa Holyoake FRSE FMedSci, Director, Paul O’Gorman Leukaemia Research Centre, University of Glasgow, for her outstanding contribution to the field of Life Sciences through her discovery of the existence of cancer stem cells in the chronic myeloid leaukaemia (CML) and her development of a new therapy for this condition; and to Dr Donald Runnicles OBE, Chief Conductor, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, for his outstanding contribution to the art of music at the highest international level.
RSE Royal Medals were instituted by Her Majesty The Queen – who is a patron of the RSE – to mark the Millennium and have been awarded since then with her express approval. These accolades are awarded for distinction and international repute in any of the following categories: Life Sciences; Physical and Engineering Sciences; Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Business and Commerce. Previous recipients have included Nobel Laureates such as Sir James Black, Sir James Mirrlees and theoretical physicist Professor Peter Higgs, as well as the distinguished Scottish historian Professor Tom Devine.