Learned Society of Wales welcomes 48 New Fellows

Forty-eight individuals have joined us at the Learned Society of Wales as newly elected Fellows. Our new Fellows have contributed to the world of learning as researchers, academics, and professionals – and all come with a strong connection to Wales.

As Wales’ National Academy, at the Learned Society of Wales we’re pleased to announce the results of the 2019 election of new Fellows spanning the arts, humanities, sciences and beyond.

Election to the Fellowship is a public recognition of excellence, is keenly competed, and takes place following a rigorous examination of each nominee’s achievements in their relevant field(s).

This election further strengthens our Fellowship not just by adding 48 new Fellows, including one new Honorary Fellow, but by enhancing our pool of expertise. The Society now has 540 distinguished Fellows who come from all branches of learning and are prominent figures within their respective academic disciplines or professions.

The full list of new Fellows elected is available here.






Sir Emyr Jones Parry, President of the Learned Society of Wales, said “I am delighted to welcome 48 new Fellows to the Society. Their election recognises their individual achievements and additions to the world of learning and I am pleased that they encompass such a range of research disciplines and beyond. The addition of these new Fellows will strengthen our capacity to champion excellence across all areas of academic and public life in Wales and abroad.”

This year, Professor Sir Stephen Patrick O’Rahilly has received a Learned Society of Wales Honorary Fellowship. For his seminal studies on the genetics of obesity and insulin resistance and his expertise in biomedical research, Professor O’Rahilly has received numerous awards and honours and we are proud to add to that list by welcoming Professor O’Rahilly.

We have also elected 15 new fellows from the fields of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences this year and 26 from the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine (STEMM).

Committed to championing excellence from all sectors of learned life, we have also elected six new fellows in our third category of ‘Leadership, the Professions, Public Service and Public Engagement’.

Established in 2010, at the Society we use the knowledge of our experts to promote research, inspire learning, and provide independent policy advice. The yearly addition of new Fellows aids us in achieving these aims by allowing us to draw on the expertise and considerable strength of our growing Fellowship.

The 2019 election is the ninth in a rolling process towards the building of a strong, representative Fellowship. Our continuing focus on excellence and achievement will ensure that the Fellowship represents the very best of learning that Wales has to offer.

For further information or to arrange interviews, please contact the Society’s Communications and Engagement Officer, Ruby Moore:

rmoore@lsw.wales.ac.uk / 029 2037 5054