Professor Roger Powell awarded prestigious Royal Society fellowship

May 15 / 157

University of Melbourne Emeritus Professor Roger Powell has added to a long list of accolades after being awarded a Royal Society fellowship.
University of Melbourne Emeritus Professor Roger Powell has added to a long list of accolades after being awarded a Royal Society fellowship.

 

Geologist Emeritus Professor Roger Powell has joined the ranks of the world’s finest scientific minds after being awarded the prestigious Royal Society Fellowship at the weekend.

 

Professor Powell, of the School of Earth Sciences, pioneered models to make fundamental advances in our understanding of metamorphic and igneous processes across a wide range of geological environments from the crust to deep mantle.

His papers are among the most highly cited works in the geosciences.

The Fellowship of the Royal Society is made up of the most eminent scientists, engineers and technologists living and working in the UK and the Commonwealth. Past Fellows and Foreign Members have included Newton, Darwin, Einstein and Hawking.

Professor Powell said he was ‘rapt’ at the honour.

"This is a great result for me, for my discipline of metamorphic geology, for the School of Earth Sciences, and indeed for the University of Melbourne,” he said.

“I would like to thank the School for their support, and all my research collaborators from Australia, and from over a dozen countries around the world, without whom I would not have been able to achieve what I have.”

Professor Powell joins 47 outstanding scientists, including pioneers in climate modelling, the treatment of infectious diseases and plant genetics who received Fellowships announced by the Royal Society on Friday evening.

President of the Royal Society, Sir Paul Nurse, welcomed the new Fellows and Foreign Members for 2015. 

“The scientists elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society this year are leaders in their fields and have contributed much to the scientific endeavour. We are delighted to welcome them alongside the likes of great British scientists such as Newton, Boyle and Darwin.”

Story by Jane Gardner

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