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Founding Fellows


The Society has fifty-eight Founding Fellows, all of whom are prominent figures within their respective academic disciplines:

Sir John Cadogan CBE DSc FRSE FRSC PLSW FRS (Inaugural President) - Chairman, Fusion Antibodies Ltd; formerly: Director General, Research Councils; Purdie Professor of Chemistry, University of St Andrews; Forbes Professor of Organic Chemistry, University of Edinburgh; Chief Scientist, BP Research Centre; Director of Research, BP; Visiting Professor of Chemistry, Imperial College, London; Professorial Fellow, Swansea University

Professor Sydney Anglo FSA FRHistS FLSW FBA - formerly: Professor of the History of Ideas, Swansea University; Fellow, the Warburg Institute

Professor Huw Beynon DSocSc AcSS FLSW - Director, the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Method (WISERD), Cardiff University; formerly: Professor of Sociology, Research Dean and Director of ESRC Centre CRIC, University of Manchester; Director, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University

Sir Leszek Borysiewicz KBE FRCP FRCPath FMedSci FLSW FRS - Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge; formerly: Chief Executive, Medical Research Council; Professor of Medicine, University of Wales College of Medicine; Deputy Rector, Imperial College, London

Professor Richard Carwardine FRHistS FLSW FBA - Rhodes Professor of American History and President of Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford

Professor Thomas Charles-Edwards FRHistS FLSW FBA - Jesus Professor of Celtic and Fellow, Jesus College, University of Oxford

Professor Ian Clark FLSW FBA - E H Carr Professor of International Politics, Aberystwyth University; formerly, Deputy Director, Centre of International Studies, and Fellow, Selwyn College, University of Cambridge

Professor Stuart Clark FRHistS FLSW FBA - formerly Professor of Early Modern History, Swansea University

Professor Marc Clement FIEE FLSW - Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, the University of Wales; Chair of Innovation and Director of The Institute of Life Science, Swansea University

Professor David Crystal OBE FLSW FBA - Honorary Professorial Fellow, Bangor University; Vice-President, the Institute of Linguistics; formerly, Professor, the University of Reading

Professor Sir Barry Cunliffe CBE FSA FLSW FBA - Professor of European Archaeology, University of Oxford; formerly: President, the Council for British Archaeology; President, the Society of Antiquaries

Professor Martin Daunton LittD FRHistS FLSW FBA - Master, Trinity Hall, and Professor of Economic History, University of Cambridge

Sir David Davies CBE DSc FREng FIET FLSW FRS - Chairman, The Hazards Forum; formerly: Pender Professor and Head of Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University College, London; Vice-Chancellor, University of Loughborough; Chief Scientific Adviser, Ministry of Defence; President, Royal Academy of Engineering

Professor Wendy Davies OBE FSA FRHistS FLSW FBA - formerly: Professor of History and Pro-Provost, University College, London; Vice-President, the British Academy

Professor Robert Dodgshon FLSW FBA - formerly, Gregynog Professor of Human Geography and Director of the Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University

Professor Kenneth Dyson AcSS FRHistS FLSW FBA - Distinguished Research Professor, School of European Studies, Cardiff University; formerly, Professor of European Studies and Co-Director of the European Briefing Unit, the University of Bradford

Professor Dianne Edwards CBE ScD FRSE FLSW FRS - Distinguished Research Professor in Palaeobotany and, formerly, Head of the School of Earth, Ocean and Planetary Sciences, Cardiff University

Sir Sam Edwards FLSW FRS - formerly: Cavendish Professor of Physics and Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge; Chief Scientific Adviser, Department of Energy; Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, the Science Research Council

Professor Richard J Evans DLitt FRHistS FRSL FLSW FBA - Regius Professor of Modern History and Fellow, Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge; Gresham Professor of Rhetoric, Gresham College, London

Professor Robert Evans FLSW FBA - Regius Professor of History and Fellow, Oriel College, University of Oxford

Professor Roy Evans CBE FREngFICE FIStructE FLSW - formerly: Professor of Civil and Structural Engineering, Cardiff University; Vice-Chancellor, Bangor University

Professor Baroness Ilora Finlay of Llandaff FRCP FRCGP FLSW - Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Velindre NHS Trust; Honorary Professor in Palliative Medicine, School of Medicine, Cardiff University; formerly, Medical Director, Holme Tower Marie Curie Centre, Cardiff

Professor R Geraint Gruffydd DLitt FLSW FBA - formerly: Professor of Welsh Language and Literature, Aberystwyth University; Librarian, the National Library of Wales; Director, the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies

Dame Deirdre Hine DBE FFPHM FRCP FLSW - Chairman, the BUPA Foundation; formerly: Senior Lecturer in Geriatric Medicine, University of Wales College of Medicine; Chief Medical Officer, the Welsh Office; President, the British Medical Association

Professor Christopher Hooley FLSW FRS - Distinguished Research Professor, School of Mathematics, Cardiff University; formerly, Professor of Pure Mathematics, the University of Durham and Cardiff University

Sir John Houghton CBE FLSW FRS - Honorary Scientist at the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research, Meteorological Office, and at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory; formerly: Professor in Atmospheric Physics, University of Oxford; Chief Executive, the Meteorological Office; President, the Royal Meteorological Society; Chairman, Joint Scientific Committee, World Climate Research Programme; Chairman, Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (Nobel Peace Prize winner)

Professor Graham Hutchings DSc FIChemE FRSC FLSW FRS - Professor of Physical Chemistry, Cardiff University; formerly: Professor and Deputy Director, the Leverhulme Centre; Head of the Department of Physical Chemistry, Cardiff University

Professor Geraint H Jenkins DLitt FLSW FBA - formerly: Director, the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies; Professor and Head of Department of Welsh History, Aberystwyth University

Professor Robert M Jones DLitt FLSW FBA - formerly Professor and Head of the Department of Welsh Language and Literature, Aberystwyth University

Sir Roger Jones OBE FLSW - Chair of Council, Swansea University; Chairman ZooBiotic Ltd; formerly Chairman, Penn Pharmaceuticals Ltd

Professor Andrew Linklater AcSS FLSW FBA - Woodrow Wilson Professor of International Politics, Aberystwyth University; formerly: Associate Professor, Monash University; Professor, Keele University

Sir Ronald Mason KCB FRSC FIMMM FLSW FRS – formerly: Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, the University of Sheffield; Chief Scientific Adviser, Ministry of Defence

Professor John McWhirter FREng FIMA FInstP FIEE FLSW FRS - Distinguished Research Professor, School of Engineering, Cardiff University; formerly, Senior Fellow, Signal Processing Group, QuinetiQ Ltd

Professor Susan Mendus FLSW FBA - Professor of Political Philosophy, University of York; Vice-President (Social Sciences), the British Academy

Professor Derec Llwyd Morgan DLitt FLSW - formerly: Professor of Welsh and Vice-Chancellor, Aberystwyth University; Senior Vice-Chancellor, the University of Wales

The Baron (Kenneth O) Morgan of Aberdyfi DLitt FRHistS FLSW FBA - formerly: Senior Lecturer in History, Swansea University; Fellow and Praelector, Modern History and Politics, Queen’s College, Oxford; Vice-Chancellor, Aberystwyth University; Vice-Chancellor, then Senior Vice-Chancellor, the University of Wales

Professor Prys Morgan FRHistS FSA FLSW – President, the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion; formerly Professor of History, Swansea University

Professor Michael O’Hara FRSE FLSW FRS - formerly: Professor of Geology, Aberystwyth University; Distinguished Research Professor, Cardiff University; Professor, University of Edinburgh

Professor David Olive CBE FLSW FRS - formerly: staff member, CERN; Professor of Physics, Imperial College, London; Research Professor of Physics and Research Professor of Mathematics, Swansea University

Professor John Wyn Owen CB FRGS FHSM FRSocMed FLSW - Chairman, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff; Adjunct Professor of Public Health, University of Sydney; formerly Director, NHS Wales

Professor Roger Owen FREng FLSW FRS - Professor in Civil Engineering, School of Engineering, Swansea University

Professor John Pearce FLSW FRS - Professor of Psychology, Cardiff University

Sir Keith Peters FMedSci FRCP FRCPE FRCPath FLSW FRS - Senior Consultant, GlaxoSmithKline R & D; Chairman of Council, Cardiff University; formerly: Regius Professor of Physic, University of Cambridge; President of the Academy of Medical Sciences

Sir Dai Rees FRSC FRCPE FMedSci FIBiol FLSW FRS - formerly: Chief Executive, the Medical Research Council; Director, National Institute for Medical Research; Principal Scientist, Unilever Research; Lecturer in Chemistry, University of Edinburgh

Professor Keith Robbins DLitt FRSE FRHistS FLSW - formerly: Professor of History, Bangor University; Professor of Modern History, Glasgow University; Vice-Chancellor, Lampeter University; Senior Vice-Chancellor, the University of Wales

Professor Charles Stirling FRSC FLSW FRS - formerly: Professor of Organic Chemistry, Bangor University; Professor of Organic Chemistry, University of Sheffield

Professor Dame Jean Thomas DBE CBE FMedSci FLSW FRS - Master, St Catharine’s College, and Professor of Macromolecular Biochemistry, the University of Cambridge; Vice-President and Biological Secretary, the Royal Society

Professor Sir John Meurig Thomas DSc ScD FLSW FRS - Honorary Professor in Solid State Chemistry, University of Cambridge; formerly: Professor and Head of Department of Chemistry, Aberystwyth University; Professor and Head of Department of Physical Chemistry and Master of Peterhouse, University of Cambridge; Director and Fullerian Professor of Chemistry, Royal Institution of Great Britain; Deputy Pro-Chancellor, University of Wales

Sir Keith Thomas FRHistS FLSW FBA - Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford; formerly: President, the British Academy; President, Corpus Christi College, Oxford; Professor of Modern History and Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Oxford

Professor M Wynn Thomas OBE FLSW FBA - Professor of English and Emyr Humphreys Professor of Welsh Writing in English, Swansea University; formerly Director of the Centre for Research into the English Literature and Language of Wales, Swansea University

Professor Steven Tipper AcSS FLSW FBA - Professor of Cognitive Science, Bangor University; formerly, Director, the Wolfson Centre for Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience, Bangor University

Professor John Tucker FBCS FLSW - Professor of Computer Science and Head of School of Physical Sciences, Swansea University

Professor Kenneth Walters DSc FLSW FRS - Distinguished Research Professor, Institute of Mathematics and Physics, Aberystwyth University

Professor Peter Wells CBE DSc FREng FMedSci FIET FInstP FLSW FRS - Distinguished Research Professor, School of Engineering, Cardiff University; formerly: Professor of Physics and Engineering in Medicine, University of Bristol; Professor of Medical Physics, Welsh National School of Medicine

Professor Alasdair Whittle FLSW FBA - Distinguished Research Professor in Archaeology, Cardiff University

Professor Sir Dillwyn Williams FMedSci FRCP FRCPath FLSW - formerly: Vice-Provost, University of Wales College of Medicine; Professor of Histopathology, University of Cambridge; President, the British Medical Association

Professor Robin Williams CBE FInstP FLSW FRS - Research Professor, School of Engineering, Swansea University; formerly: Professor and Head of Department of Physics and Astronomy, Cardiff University; Vice-Chancellor, Swansea University

The Most Reverend and Rt Hon Dr Rowan Williams PC DD FRSL FLSW FBA - Archbishop of Canterbury; formerly Professor of Divinity, University of Oxford

In addition to the above are also the following Founding Fellows (deceased):

The late Professor Sir David Williams QC DL FLSW - formerly: Rouse Ball Professor of English Law, Fellow of Emmanuel College, President of Wolfson College, Vice-Chancellor, the University of Cambridge; President, then Chancellor, Swansea University (ob. 6 September 2009)

The late Professor Eric Sunderland CBE FIBiol FLSW - formerly: Professor of Anthropology, University of Durham; Vice-Chancellor, Bangor University; Vice-Chancellor, the University of Wales (ob. 24 March 2010)

The late Baron (Brian) Flowers of Queen’s Gate in the City of Westminster Kt DSc FInstP FLSW FRS - formerly: Langworthy Professor of Physics, University of Manchester; Chairman, the Science Research Council; Rector, Imperial College, London; Vice-Chancellor, the University of London (ob. 25 June 2010)

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