Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw elected as Fellow of Royal Society of Edinburgh

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Executive Chairperson of Biocon and Biocon Biologics, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE). She figures among the 80 luminaries to be appointed to the RSE’s Fellowship this year.

Scotland’s National Academy established in 1783, for the advancement of learning and useful knowledge and Fellows are elected to join the RSE from across the sciences, arts, education, business, and public life in recognition of their impact in improving the world around them.

As Scotland’s National Academy, RSE uses the combined knowledge of its Fellows to provide independent expert advice to policymakers and inspire the next generation of innovative thinkers. This knowledge contributes to the social and economic wellbeing of Scotland, its people and the nation’s wider contribution to the global community.

Kiran will be joining RSE’s current Fellowship of around 1,700 Fellows who are recognized as being some of the greatest thinkers, researchers and practitioners working in or with Scotland today.

On receiving the Fellowship, Shaw said: “I’m truly humbled and honoured to have been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, one of the world’s oldest and most respected academic societies. It is inspiring to join this fellowship of luminaries from different walks of life who are striving for the economic and social well-being of the world. The Fellowship will provide me an opportunity to work collectively and collaboratively with some of the greatest minds to solve the pressing issues of our times through innovative solutions for the greater good of mankind.”

The RSE Fellowship is split into four broad sectors, covering the full range of physical and life sciences, arts, humanities, social sciences, education, professions, industry, business and public life. This year’s cohort represents the diversity of expertise within Scotland and the UK with leaders from business, tech, legal & other sectors.

Previous RSE fellows have included Benjamin Franklin, statesman, author, publisher, scientist, inventor, diplomat and one of the leading figures of early American history; James Watt, Scottish inventor, mechanical engineer and chemist most famous for his work on the world’s first modern steam engine; Melvin Calvin, Nobel Prize-winning American chemist famous for his ground breaking work on photosynthesis; James Clerk Maxwell, Scottish mathematician and scientist responsible for the classical theory of electromagnetic radiation; and Andrew Lawrence, British astrophysicist specialising in the study of active galactic nuclei and quasars.


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