Some of the UK’s most outstanding talent has been recognised by Her Majesty The Queen who visited the RSE on the 7th July to present the RSE’s Royal Medals.
Professor Peter Boyle CorrFRSE FMEDSci, President, International Prevention Research Institute and Director, the University of Strathclyde Institute of Global Public Health, was awarded a Royal Medal 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, was awarded a Royal Medal for her outstanding contribution to the field of Life Sciences through her discovery of the existence of cancer stem cells in Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia and her development of a new therapy for this condition.
Mr Donald Runnicles OBE, Chief Conductor, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, was awarded a Royal Medal for his outstanding contribution to the art of music at the highest international level.
The 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 Professor Peter Higgs, as well as the distinguished Scottish historian Professor Tom Devine.