Charlotte Williams and Stanley Whittingham elected Fellows of the Royal Society
Professor Charlotte Williams OBE has been elected as a new Fellow of the Royal Society and joins over 60 outstanding scientists from all over the globe who have been selected for their exceptional contributions to science.
The Royal Society is a Fellowship of many of the world's most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific society in continuous existence. Sir Adrian Smith, President of the Royal Society, said: “This is the first year of my presidency at the Royal Society and I’ve been very much looking forward to welcoming the newly elected Fellows and Foreign Members. The global pandemic has demonstrated the continuing importance of scientific thinking and collaboration across borders. Each Fellow and Foreign Member bring their area of scientific expertise to the Royal Society and when combined, this expertise supports the use of science for the benefit of humanity. Our new Fellows and Foreign Members are all at the forefronts of their fields from molecular genetics and cancer research to tropical open ecosystems and radar technology. It is an absolute pleasure and honour to have them join us.”
Professor Williams’s research focuses on new sustainable technologies for polymer production and carbon dioxide usage. She has developed highly active catalysts to transform abundant renewable resources and wastes into polymers, enabling natural bio-chemicals and carbon dioxide to replace petrochemicals in scalable materials production.
Commenting on the news of her election, Professor Williams said: “I am delighted and honoured to be elected to the Royal Society. All my research is conducted within teams and I sincerely thank and acknowledge the hard work, inspiration and collaboration with all my postgraduate students, postdoctoral researchers, academic and industrial collaborators, both past and present.”
Also among the newly elected Fellows of 2021 is Nobel Laureate and Oxford Chemistry alumnus Professor Stanley Whittingham, who is recognised for his work on materials for energy-related applications, and in particular for electrochemical energy storage and his role in the development of lithium-ion batteries. Professor Whittingham studied for his BA and DPhil at Oxford and is now Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science and Engineering in the Department of Chemistry at Binghamton University in the United States.