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The Royal Society of Edinburgh has named Fermilab Distinguished Scientist Swapan Chattopadhyay an RSE Fellow. In May, he will be one of 62 fellows elected this year who will be inducted into the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland’s National Academy.
Chattopadhyay was elected a “corresponding fellow” of the RSE, one of the four selected internationally, who have attained a high international standing in any subject within the RSE’s disciplinary domains and are not normally resident in the UK.
Chattopadhyay is currently a president’s professor of research, scholarship and artistry and the director of accelerator research at Northern Illinois University (NIU) in joint appointment with Fermilab. He is also a visiting professor at the University of Oxford and University of California, Berkeley and an honorary scientific associate of CERN. Before joining NIU and Fermilab, Professor Chattopadhyay was the Inaugural Director of the Cockcroft Institute and Sir John Cockcroft Professor of Physics at the Universities of Liverpool, Manchester and Lancaster. His research focuses on the science and technology of particle and light beams.
Professor Peter Ratoff, the current CI Director said: “I am delighted to hear the news of my predecessor’s election as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Professor Chattopadhyay served as the director of the Institute for 7 years and laid many of the foundations on which the present day organisation is built. The Fellowship recognises his outstanding career in accelerator science and the many significant contributions that he made to the field. I think all of us in the Institute today owe him a huge debt of gratitude.”