Royal Society appoints first woman President

Professor Dame Jocelyn new appointment.Picture: Comp
Professor Dame Jocelyn new appointment.Picture: Comp
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The Royal Society of Edinburgh has elected the distinguished and outstanding astrophysicist, Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell DBE, FRS, FRSE as its first woman President.

Dame Jocelyn will succeed the current President, Sir John Arbuthnott MRIA, .

The Royal Society of Edinburgh are an educational charity, based on the capital’s George Street.

The organisation includes a large number of Fellows which included Dame Jocelyn until a ballot of all RSE Fellows saw an overwhelming response in favour of her nomination.

Dame Jocelyn first came to Edinburgh in 1982 where she began her work at Edinburgh’s Royal Observatory where she stayed until 1991 and eventually returning to the capital in 2004 as a Fellow of the RSE.

The newly elected RSE President, talked about her excitement over her new role in Edinburgh, ‘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.’