Honorary Fellows Elected to Learned Society of Wales

For the first time in the Society’s history, two Honorary Fellows have been elected.

Sir Michael Atiyah is one of the most influential mathematicians of his generation, widely recognised as a pioneer in the development of mathematics in the UK and Europe. A highly distinguished researcher, Sir Michael has been widely honoured for his achievements, including being awarded both the highly prestigious Fields Medal and the Abel prize. He has been president of the Royal Society (1990-1995) and president of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2005-2008).

Sir Michael Atiyah, said:

“The LSW embodies the rich cultural history of Wales, with its ancient traditions adapting to the future, and I am delighted to become an Honorary Fellow”

Professor Martin Rees, Lord Rees of Ludlow, is one of the UK’s foremost public intellectuals – a  cosmologist, astrophysicist and Astronomer Royal with remarkable record on public engagement with science. Winner of the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society, the Albert Einstein World Award of Science and the Royal Society’s Michael Faraday Prize, Lord Rees is a former President of the Royal Society (2005-2010) and a Life Peer in the House of Lords.

Lord Rees, said:

“I am delighted to have been elected as an Honorary Fellow. I grew up in a village in Shropshire one mile on the ‘wrong side’ of the border. However I have strong links with some Welsh institutions and look forward to participating in the Society’s activities.

Mae’n hyfrydwch ac yn fraint o’r mwyaf i mi ymuno â’r Gymdeithas!”