BPS members elected as Fellows of the Royal Society

The British Pharmacological Society (BPS) has congratulated four of its members who have been elected as Fellows and Honorary Fellows of the Royal Society. 

Dame Sarah Gilbert DBE FMedSci FRS (Said Professor of Vaccinology, Pandemic Sciences Institute, University of Oxford) and Sir Christopher Whitty KCB FMedSci FRS (Chief Medical Officer for England) have been elected as Fellows. 

Dame Kate Bingham FRS (Managing Partner, SV Health Investors) and Fiona Fox FRS (CEO, Science Media Centre) were elected as Honorary Fellows. 

All four electees are Honorary Fellows of the BPS and were selected for their substantial contribution to the advancement of science. 

Professor Clive Page, President of the BPS, said: 

My warmest congratulations to Sarah, Chris, Kate and Fiona on the news of their election to the Royal Society. They have been rightly recognised for their exceptional talent and hard work, which is particularly noteworthy following the COVID-19 pandemic. We are delighted that our BPS Honorary Fellows have been acknowledged in this way.

Dame Sarah Gilbert said: 

“It is a great honour to be elected as a Fellow of The Royal Society. The most eminent scientists of our time are included in the Society’s Fellowship, and I’m humbled to stand alongside colleagues who are making outstanding contributions to science.  

 I’m delighted to play my part in promoting and supporting excellence in vaccinology, ensuring the world is better prepared for future pandemic threats and health challenges.” 

Dame Kate Bingham said: 

“I am thrilled and humbled to be awarded an honorary FRS and join such a prestigious group of world changing scientists. The development of Covid vaccines was a triumph of scientific and industrial collaboration. The UK is well placed to solve other major health and social challenges such as tackling dementia, cancer or mental health diseases as well as generate economic growth, by continuing to harness scientific innovation through similar vibrant global academic/industrial partnerships.” 

Sir Chris Whitty said:  

“I was very honoured to be elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society, which reflects the scientific work of very many people over many years.” 

The Royal Society is a Fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, engineering, and medicine. The Royal Society’s purpose since its foundation in 1660 has been to recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.  

Published: 24 May 2023 in Society news