Four Honorary Fellows Elected to Learned Society of Wales

We’re delighted to announce this year’s new Honorary Fellows.

Professor Julia King, Baroness Brown of Cambridge DBE CEng FREng FRS FInstP 

Baroness Brown of Cambridge, Professor Julia King, is one of the British women engineers who have reached the top of their profession and are now influential on many fronts. Her achievements have been recognised by many awards, including her elevation to the House of Lords as a Cross Bench life peer. She is particularly well known for her work on climate change and she chairs the UK Climate Change Committee’s Adaptation sub-committee, is chair of the Carbon Trust, and acts as the UK’s Low Carbon Business Ambassador.   

Mr Charles Burton 

Charles Burton has been the most intellectually driven, almost cerebral, painter in Wales since 1945 and it is this principle, of aesthetic form, which serves as the DNA of his art. From early landscapes of the Rhondda to his late depictions of the built environment, from haunting memory portraits of family or war-torn soldiers of the Great War to exquisite geometrical compositions of domestic objects and interiors, his mastery of structure and colour is breath-taking. It is his uncanny investment of the ordinary with what is numinous which has made his impact exceptional.

Dame Sue Ion DBE OBE FRS FREng FINucE 

Dame Sue Ion has made outstanding contributions to the world of learning, excelling in her field and through national and international leadership roles. She is internationally recognised for her expertise and her contributions to energy policy and the safe and efficient use of nuclear power. As Director Technology British Nuclear Fuels Ltd (1992-2006) she led over 1,000 scientists/engineers with annual investments exceeding £100m, built strong UK and international academic research links and engaged actively to inform government policy.  

Sir Karl Jenkins CBE D.Mus FRAM LRAM 

Sir Karl Jenkins is an internationally renowned musical composer. The most noteworthy aspect of his music, typified by the global “cross-genre” phenomenon Adiemus, is its innovative quality and sheer originality. Other works include Palladio, the popular piece for strings orchestra, and Cantata Memoria (composed for the 50th anniversary of the Aberfan disaster). The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace is perhaps his best-known work, approaching 3000 performances since its premiere in 2000. Amongst numerous other awards worldwide, he received a knighthood in The Queen’s 2015 Birthday Honours list.