This year the Royal Society of Edinburgh are to honour two professors at the University of Dundee both of whom are affiliated with the College of Life Sciences. The RSE’s Royal Medals for 2008 are being awarded to Professor Roger Fletcher FRS FRSE for his outstanding contribution to mathematics and software development and Sir David Lane FRS FRSE for his outstanding contribution to cancer research through his discovery of P53 tumour suppressor gene.
The Royal Medals were instituted by Her Majesty The Queen in 2000 and are awarded annually, to individuals who have achieved distinction and are of international repute in Life Sciences, Physical and Engineering Sciences as well as Humanities and Social Sciences, Business and Commerce.
His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh will present the Medals at the Palace of Holyrood house on the afternoon of Monday 11 August.
Sir David said, “I am delighted, on behalf of the team in Dundee to accept this award. It is really a great honour for us to be recognised in this way for the effort we have all put in to trying to develop new treatments for cancer and promote science and scientific enterprise here in Scotland."
The RSE honour coincides with David Lane’s return to Dundee earlier this year where, along with his wife Prof. Birgit Lane, he formed the Division of Molecular Medicine a new Division held jointly between the College of Life Sciences and the College of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing.
Prof. Fletcher has also recently relocated to the new home of the Division of Mathematics in the MSI building, adjacent to the Wellcome Trust Biocentre. He said, “Of course I was delighted and very honoured to be awarded a Royal Medal, and shall look forward very much to the ceremony. It’s a great pleasure to receive the award along with David Lane, especially in view of the relocation of Mathematics to the Medical Sciences Institute and the various common interests of mathematics and life sciences. I'm also very pleased that the award will continue to underline the high profile of Mathematics at the University of Dundee. It is quite a coup for the University to receive two Royal Medals in one year.”