Top 100 leading scientists accolade

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Alistair Fitt

Professor Alistair Fitt has been recognised in a list of the country’s leading practicing scientists.

The University’s Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange was named in an initiative conducted by the Science Council to identify practising scientists who also contributed to their disciplines more widely.

Professor Fitt commented: “This list is gives an indication of the rich and diverse range of scientists making valuable contributions across UK society and the economy. I am pleased to be named alongside such illustrious company and to be recognised by the Science Council in this way.”  

The list was compiled following a competition based around 10 different types of scientist roles. It recognises Professor Fitt’s mathematical research on the flow of glass, food and other complex fluids as well as flow and deformation in human eyes.

Commenting on the list, David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, said: "This list helpfully challenges the perception that there is only one kind of scientist and highlights the different types of skills and challenges a career in science involves.

“If we want more people to enter a career in science we need to show that the scientific community is not some exclusive club but people with a wide variety of vocations and interests who have rewarding careers and are making a significant contribution to the wealth and well-being of the UK."  

The full list of the 100 leading UK practising scientists is available on the Science Council website