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Physics professor named Fellow of Scotland’s National Academy

March 6, 2019

The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE), Scotland’s National Academy, has named 62 new Fellows, including NIU physics professor Swapan Chattopadhyay.

Professor Swapan Chattopadhyay

Chattopadhyay was one of only four newly named Corresponding Fellows, a title reserved for those “who have attained high international standing in any subject within the Society’s disciplinary domains and are not normally resident in the U.K.”

A top physicist with an international reputation for innovation and excellence in the field of accelerator science and technology, Chattopadhyay accepted a joint appointment in 2014 to NIU and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Two years later, he was named an NIU Presidential Research, Scholarship and Artistry Professor. He serves as director of the university’s cluster of research excellence in accelerator science.

In a press release, the Scottish academy cited Chattopadhyay’s accomplishments: “His international leadership in particle accelerators and quantum sensors have many synergies with Scottish science, enabling collaborations with research groups across Scotland in accelerators, lasers, plasmas, quantum sensors, particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology and bringing U.S. and European Union collaborations to bear on Scottish science and technology developments.”

The NIU professor joins an existing RSE Fellowship of more than 1,600 individuals who give their time and expertise for free to support the RSE in delivering its mission of “knowledge made useful.” The new class of Fellows was chosen from the worlds of business, science, creative arts, health, technology, law, public engagement and international development.

Professor Dame Anne Glover, president of the RSE, said, “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.”

The new Fellows will be inducted in May 2019. More information on the current membership and the work of the RSE can be found on their website.