Congratulations to NCIMB board member Professor James Prosser, who was recently elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society. New Fellows were formally admitted to the Society at the Admissions Day ceremony in July.
The Royal Society is a fellowship of many of the
world’s most eminent scientists and the oldest scientific academy in continuous
existence. Members have included Isaac Newton, Erasmus Darwin, Adam
Smith, Charles Darwin, Michael Faraday, James Clerk Maxwell, Stephen Hawking,
and Richard Dawkins.
Professor Prosser has made a significant contribution to our understanding of the diversity and ecosystem function of micro-organisms in natural environments. A major focus of his research is ecology of soil ammonia oxidising bacteria and archaea, which significantly reduce the efficiency of nitrogen fertilisers and generate greenhouse gases.
In addition to all this, he has maintained a long association with NCIMB, serving as a Director since 1994 and chairman from 1996 to 2002.
We are delighted that he has received this well-deserved recognition.