Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell elected as next Royal Society of Edinburgh President

6 February 2014

Distinguished Astrophysicist Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell DBE, FRS, FRSE, MRIA will succeed Sir John Arbuthnott MRIA as the newly elected President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) starting October 2014.

Commenting on the election, Sir John said, "I am delighted to welcome Dame Jocelyn as my successor. Her scientific standing, her public profile and her great breadth of experience will greatly benefit the Royal Society of Edinburgh."

Dame Jocelyn who will be the first female RSE President said, "I look forward to serving the Royal Society of Edinburgh as its President from October this year. This will be an important time for Scotland as it finds its way forward following the referendum."

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Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell
(Photo courtesy of Univ of Bath)

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