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Nicholas Stern elected as Fellow of the Royal Society

Lord Stern

Professor Lord Nicholas Stern, I.G. Patel Professor of Economics and Government and chair of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science, has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society, the national academy of science in the UK.

Announcing the new Fellows, the Royal Society said Professor Stern was recognised for his path-breaking work challenging the world view on the economics of climate change, along with his distinguished career in mathematical economics and close work with industry and government.

The Royal Society Fellowship is made up of the most eminent scientists, engineers and technologists in the UK and Commonwealth. Each year up to 52 Fellows are elected through a peer review process and vote by existing Fellows. There are currently approximately 1,450 Fellows and Foreign Members in the Royal Society, including around 80 Nobel Prize winners.

Professor Stern, who is also President of the British Academy, joins an eminent list of current Fellows, including Stephen Hawking, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Harry Kroto and Tim Berners-Lee.

Commenting on his election, Professor Stern said,

“I am very honoured by my election to the Royal Society, which is the world’s oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. The Royal Society was founded in the 17th century at the start of the modern scientific revolution, and its Fellows have included many of the scientists who have shaped today’s world, from Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin to Tim Berners-Lee. I am particularly honoured to have my work as an economist recognised by the Royal Society, which I think indicates that the economic and social sciences share many key principles with the natural sciences, such as a respect for evidence. I look forward to joining the other Fellows in serving the Society and to strengthening further its links with the British Academy.”

More information about this year’s new Fellows and Foreign Members can be found here: https://royalsociety.org/news/2014/new-fellows/