Professor Sue Black, the world renowned forensic anthropologist based at the University of Dundee, is among 100 women named in the 2013 Power List by the BBC Radio 4 programme `Woman’s Hour’.
The programme’s annual list looks to find out who are the movers and shakers who shape the way we live today? Which women have the greatest impact on British politics, society, culture and the economy?
Professor Black is Director of the Centre of Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID) at the University of Dundee.
“It is certainly an honour to be named on a list like this one, although most days I don’t feel I have the power to peel an orange, so I am sure my colleagues will be amused,” said Professor Black. “More seriously, I feel any award is a recognition of the work the entire team here at Dundee is doing.”
Professor Black’s forensic expertise has been crucial to a number of high-profile criminal cases, including the conviction of Scotland’s largest paedophile ring in 2009. In 1999 she headed the British Forensic Team’s exhumation of mass graves in Kosovo.
She founded the British Association of Human Identification in 2001, the same year in which she received an OBE for her services to forensic anthropology in Kosovo. She received the Lucy Mair Medal from the Royal Anthropological Institute in 2008.
She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Royal Anthopological Institute and the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.