Prestigious medal for Heriot-Watt pioneering researcher



Heriot-Watt Associate Professor Dr Ferry Melchels has been awarded a prestigious medal from The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) in recognition of his contributions and achievements in his selected field of study.

Dr Melchels from The Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering, School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, received The RSE Dr Patrick Neill medal, for early career researchers and business leaders, for his outstanding contribution to the field of biomaterials and tissue engineering.

He said: “I’m honoured to receive this prestigious medal. It not only celebrates my research career thus far, but also acknowledges the importance of the young field of biofabrication for the life sciences”.    

Speaking of the honours, RSE President Professor Dame Anne Glover said:

“My congratulations to the medallists who are all uniquely pushing the boundaries of knowledge and expertise. This list confirms to me yet again what an academic powerhouse Scotland is and how proud we should be that such an impressive pool of talent chooses to base its research here”. 

The RSE, Scotland’s National Academy, announced last week that five eminent scientists and researchers from four Scottish universities had received the awards.

Other recipients for 2019 are:

The RSE Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane Medal: Dr Martin Lavery (University of Glasgow) for his outstanding contribution to photonics, working on a diverse range of ongoing experiments including free-space optical communications and underwater optical communications;

The RSE Lord Kelvin Medal: Professor David Manlove (University of Glasgow) for his outstanding contribution to computing science, whose pioneering work in matching algorithms and software has enabled a significant increase in living kidney transplants, thereby improving public health; 

The RSE Sir Walter Scot Medal: Professor Kathryn Rudy (University of St Andrews) for her outstanding contribution to art history, where her capacity for lateral thinking has meant she has been able to examine a large corpus of manuscripts in ways unexplored by previous scholars.

The RSE Dr Patrick Neill Medal (joint recipient): Dr Joe Marsh (University of Edinburgh) for his outstanding research in human genetics, which is key to the success of personalised and precision medicine.

The recipients will be presented with their medals at a Presidential reception at the RSE in September 2020.

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