Patrons of the Society

The Society has Patrons, who do not have a day-to-day involvement in the Society, but have given talks to the Society and lend support where and when they can. In addition, we have a Royal Honorary Member – HRH The Duke of Kent – who is also the President of the Royal Institution of Great Britain.

Honorary Member: HRH The Duke of Kent

Prince Edward, Duke of KentKG, GCMG, GCVO (Edward George Nicholas Paul Patrick; born 9 October 1935), is a member of the British Royal Family, a grandchild of King George V. He has held the title of Duke of Kent since 1942 and is president of the Royal Institution of Great Britain.

Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser

Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser, DBE, FRS, (born 7 March 1965) is a British plant biologist, Professor of Plant Development at the University of Cambridge and director of the Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge. The focus of her work has been plant hormones, notably auxin, and her identification of the auxin receptor solved a classic problem in biology.

Sir Michael Atiyah

Sir Michael Francis AtiyahOM, FRS, FRSE (born 22 April 1929) is a British mathematician specialising in geometry. He was awarded the Fields Medal in 1966, the Copley Medal in 1988, and the Abel Prize in 2004.

Sir Aaron Klug

Sir Aaron KlugOM, FRS (born 11 August 1926) is a Lithuanian-born British chemist and biophysicist, and winner of the 1982 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his development of crystallographic electron microscopy and his structural elucidation of biologically important nucleic acid-protein complexes.

Sir Paul Nurse

Sir Paul Maxime Nurse, PRS born 25 January 1949, is a British geneticist and cell biologist. He was awarded the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Leland H. Hartwell and Richard Timothy Hunt for their discoveries of protein molecules that control the division (duplication) of cells in the cell cycle. Nurse is the current President of the Royal Society, as well as Chief Executive and Director of the Francis Crick Institute.

Professor Heinz Wolff

Professor Heinz Wolff, FIEE, FRCP (Hon), FRSA is a German-British scientist, and television and radio presenter who was born in 1928. He is popularly known for his television and radio work, including the TV series The Great Egg Race.

Tribute to patron Professor Heinz Wolff (1928 – 2017) Professor Heinz Wolff, a longstanding patron of SciSoc, sadly passed away. With this short obituary, we hope you can join us in celebrating his life and many scientific achievements. Professor Wolff was a German-born British scientist who completed his undergraduate studies at University College, London. Much of his early career was spent in bioengineering. He was an honorary member of the European Space Agency (ESA) and founded the Brunel Institute for Bioengineering in 1983. His greatest scientific achievements include the invention of the gel pad electrodes used in ECGs and sending Helen Sharman to the Mir space station as scientific director and co-founder of Project Juno. During his later career, he was an Emeritus Professor at Brunel University and was best known as an inventor and TV presenter. From 1977 to 1986, he presented the Great Egg Race on BBC. He gave a talk on “Tools for Living” in our founding year (1995-1996) and was a patron of the Society thereafter. We would like to thank Professor Heinz Wolff for his long-lasting support and contributions to the Society.

Professor Antony Hewish

Antony Hewish FRS (born Fowey, Cornwall, 11 May 1924) is a British radio astronomer who won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1974 (together with fellow radio-astronomer Martin Ryle) for his work on the development of radio aperture synthesis and its role in the discovery of pulsars. He was also awarded the Eddington Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1969.

Sir Salvador Moncada

Sir Salvador Enrique Moncada, FRS, FRCP (born 3 December 1944, Tegucigalpa, Honduras) is a Honduran-British physician and pharmacologist. He is the husband of Princess Marie-Esméralda of Belgium, who is a member of the Belgian Royal Family.

Professor Lord Martin Rees

Martin John Rees, Baron Rees of Ludlow, OM, FRS (born 23 June 1942, York, England) is a British cosmologist and astrophysicist. He has been Astronomer Royal since 1995. He was President of the Royal Society between 2005 and 2010 and Master of Trinity College between 2004 and 2012.

Professor Sir John Gurdon

Professor Sir John Gurdon, kt, DPhil, DSc, FRS, FMedSci (born 2 October 1933) is a development biologist. He was awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Shinya Yamanaka for demonstrating that a differentiated cell can orchestrate the development of an entire organism so genetically encoded information is not lost as cells differentiate.

Professor Sir Gregory Winter

Professor Sir Gregory Winter, kt, CBE, FRS, FMedSci (born 14 April 1951) is a genetic engineer and the Master of Trinity College. He is best known for developing the technology that launched a new set of highly targeted drugs based on therapeutic monoclonal antibodies. He has also founded three Cambridge-based biotech companies based on his work.

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