IOP names six new honorary fellows

21 November 2016

Two out of six new honorary fellows named by the Institute today are based in Scotland, Professor James Hough and Professor Wilson Sibbett – the others are Dr Frances Saunders, Dr Fabiola Gianotti, Professor Sir John Pendry, and Professor Neil Turok.

Honorary fellowship is the highest honour that the Institute can bestow and it will be conferred on the six at the IOP’s annual Awards Dinner on 29 November. They join 54 other honorary fellows on a list that includes Professor Stephen Hawking, Professor Peter Higgs and Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell.

Hough is associate director of the Institute for Gravitational Research at the University of Glasgow and he is made an honorary fellow for “his contributions to research on gravitational waves”. His career has combined academic research and teaching with helping to steer science and education policy as a member of several advisory boards and committees, as well as the IOP’s Council.

Sibbett is an emeritus professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of St Andrews. He is made an honorary fellow for “his pioneering research in optics and outstanding contributions to the physics community”. He has conducted significant research on ultrashort pulse laser science and technology and was director of the Ultrafast Photonics Collaboration. As chair of the Scottish Science Advisory Committee he was Scotland’s first chief scientific adviser.


Commenting on the new honorary fellows, the IOP’s president, Professor Roy Sambles, said: “I would like to offer my warmest congratulations to our new honorary fellows.

“These six distinguished physicists have, in their different ways, made outstanding contributions to research, academia and our global physics community as a whole, and it is a privilege to be able to celebrate their successes and to welcome them as honorary fellows of the IOP.

“Such exemplary individuals hopefully inspire others to strive for equivalent excellence in their own endeavours, demonstrating the positive impact physicists and physics may have on the world.”

Full citations for all six can be accessed from the list of honorary fellows.