Professor Guy Wilkinson elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society

Professor Guy WilkinsonProfessor Guy Wilkinson, Tutor in Physics at Christ Church, has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society for his exceptional contributions to science.

Fifty eminent scientists have been elected this year, along with ten new Foreign Members, described by the Society’s President as ‘the world’s best scientists’.

The Royal Society is a self-governing Fellowship made up of the most eminent scientists, engineers and technologists from the UK and the Commonwealth. Fellows and Foreign Members are elected for life through a peer review process on the basis of excellence in science. There are approximately 1600 Fellows and Foreign Members, including around 80 Nobel Laureates. Each year up to 52 Fellows and up to 10 Foreign Members are elected from a group of around 700 candidates who are proposed by the existing Fellowship. Candidates must have made ‘a substantial contribution to the improvement of natural knowledge, including mathematics, engineering science and medical science’.

Venki Ramakrishnan, President of the Royal Society, said, ‘Our Fellows are key to the Royal Society’s fundamental purpose of using science for the benefit of humanity. From Norwich to Melbourne to Ethiopia, this year’s newly elected Fellows and Foreign Members of the Royal Society are testament that science is a global endeavour and excellent ideas transcend borders. We also recognise the cutting edge innovation taking place across industry, with many of this year’s Fellows coming from the thriving tech industry. For their outstanding contributions to research and innovation, both now and in the future, it gives me great pleasure to welcome the world’s best scientists into the ranks of the Royal Society.’

The Dean of Christ Church, the Very Revd Professor Martyn Percy, commented, 'We are delighted that Professor Wilkinson has achieved this distinction, and been recognised for his considerable contribution to the field over many years. His research is remarkable, and has justly been recognised and affirmed for its originality and impact.'

Professor Guy Wilkinson is a Professor of Physics and Alfred Moritz Student and Tutor in Physics. He is a High Energy Physicist working on the Large Hadron Collider project at CERN, Geneva. His particular fields of interest are quark flavour physics, CP violation and precision electroweak physics. Between 2014 and 2017 he led the LHCb collaboration as its spokesperson, having previously served as its physics coordinator during the crucial first two years of LHC operation.

He was also named as the recipient of the 2017 James Chadwick Medal and Prize of the Institute of Physics for his outstanding contributions to the experimental study of heavy quarks and CP violation, most especially for his leadership of, and his decisive contributions to, the LHCb experiment at CERN.