The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) has announced the 2024 cohort of new Fellows, and among the names are BAFTA and Emmy-winning satirist Armando Iannucci and award-winning journalist and charity founder Sally Magnusson.

  • Among the 57 Fellows on the list of those joining the RSE are entrepreneur and philanthropist Dr Michael Welch OBE, Leonie Bell, Director of the V&A Dundee, public health advocate Professor Jason Gill, and Professor Elham Kashefi, a world leader in the field of quantum computing
  • New Fellows have been elected from institutions from across the UK, including Dundee, Aberdeen, St Andrews, Stirling, Highlands and Islands, and from countries around the world including the Netherlands, Germany, USA, and China

L:R Leonie Bell; Ana Stewart; Armando Iannucci; Mike Welch; Apala Majumdar; Elham Kashefi; Jason Gill; Keith Methieson; Stephen Brusatte; William Buchanan; Sally Magnusson.

Nominated for their individual excellence in a wide range of fields such as physics, chemistry, informatics, literature, law, social sciences, and business, they will be joining the 1,800 current Fellows of the RSE, Scotland’s National Academy.

Among the 57 new Fellows elected to the Society are two SAHA Steering Committee members, Professor Donna Heddle and Professor Jason König.

Professor Donna Heddle of the University of Highlands and Islands (UHI) set up and now leads the UHI’s Institute for Northern Studies, a world-leading establishment combining research, teaching, and community engagement.

Professor Jason König of the University of St Andrews is Professor of Greek at the University of St Andrews, and co-director of the St Andrews Centre for Ancient Environmental Studies. Professor König was Head of the School of Classics from 2014-2019.

SAHA co-Chair and RSE Fellow Professor Murray Pittock said:

“I am delighted to see two SAHA Steering Committee members joining the Fellowship. Their contributions to their respective fields are remarkable and I am sure their work will continue to prove invaluable to the RSE.

“On behalf of SAHA, I’d like to congratulate Professor Heddle and Professor König on their recent election.”


The complete list of new Fellows 2024 is available on the RSE’s website. 

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