St Andrews academics elected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh

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Philosopher Professor James Harris, medieval manuscripts expert Professor Kate Rudy and geneticist Dr Silvia Paracchini have been elected as new fellows of the society.

Silvia Paracchini, Royal Society University Research Fellow, has made ground-breaking contributions to her field of human genetics by identifying several key genes as well as contributing to the understanding of their role during brain development.

They join  more than 1,600 people who give their time and expertise free of charge to support the RSE in delivering its mission of ‘knowledge made useful’.

Fellows help the RSE provide independent and expert advice to policymakers, support aspiring entrepreneurs, develop research capacity and leadership, inspire and facilitate learning, and engage with the public through inspiring events.

RSE president, Professor Dame Anne Glover, said: “The calibre of our fellows never ceases to amaze me and this year is no different. For such a small country we surpass ourselves with the talent and expertise that exists across our academic, cultural and business landscape. All of our Fellows are assets, not just to the RSE but to Scotland and the rest of the world, and I look forward to welcoming and working with them”.

Director of the V&A Dundee, Philip Long, has also been recognised.

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