Lord Willetts becomes honorary fellow of the Royal Society

Lord Willetts, Chancellor-elect of the University of Leicester has been elected as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society

The former Minister for Universities and Science, Lord David Willetts, has been elected as Fellows of the Royal Society for their exceptional contributions to 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.”

Lord Willetts FRS, was Minister for Universities and Science from 2010 to 2014. He is now Executive Chair of the Resolution Foundation, Visiting Professor at King’s College, London and member of the House of Lords. He is also Chair of the British Science Association and a member of the UKRI Board.  

I tried to serve the wider scientific enterprise as science minister and continue to try to do so now

Lord Willetts said: “It is a great honour for me, as an honorary graduate of Leicester, to be elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society. It is the world’s oldest scientific society and pioneered foundations of the modern scientific method such as open publication of findings after peer review. I tried to serve the wider scientific enterprise as science minister and continue to try to do so now.”

Lord Willetts is among a select number of former politicians to be elected as Honorary Fellows- others include Margaret Thatcher and Lord Sainsbury.

Former Chancellors at Leicester who were Fellows are Lord Adrian, Sir Alan Hodgkin, Sir George Porter, Sir Michael Atiyah and Sir Peter Williams.