University of Dundee

Caroline Wilkinson receives RSE Senior Prize for Public Engagement

25 Mar 2013

Professor Caroline Wilkinson has been awarded the Senior Prize for Public Engagement from the Royal Society of Edinburgh (supported by the James Weir Foundation). Caroline Wilkinson, Professor of Cranial Identification at the University of Dundee, was given the award for her extensive work in public engagement, which she has been involved in for over 15 years.

Cranial-facial identification is a cross-disciplinary subject with roots in art and science. The University of Dundee has twice recognised her work in public engagement activity through the Brian Cox Award in 2010 and the Stephen Fry Award in 2012. She has contributed on many occasions to TV shows such as Meet the Ancestors, Face of Britain and History Cold Case, using her cranial-facial analysis as a programme feature.

Her work has been widely discussed on the internet, particularly her depiction of famous historical figures including Robert Burns and J.S. Bach. The work of Professor Wilkinson and her team has been exhibited in over 40 museums around the world.

Professor Sue Black, Director of the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification and long-time colleague of Professor Wilkinson said, “This Prize is thoroughly deserved; we are all so proud of Caroline. She has raised the international profile of cranial-facial identification, both scientifically and culturally, throughout her career. I know all our colleagues extend to her their warmest congratulations.”