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New Honorary Member
A leading biophysicist has been made the latest
Biochemical Society Honorary Member. Professor
Dame Julia Goodfellow, DBE, CBE, was made an
Honorary Member at last December’s Annual General
Meeting, joining 26 other distinguished scientists
currently on the list.
Dame Julia’s career began with an undergraduate
degree in physics at the University of Bristol, followed
by a PhD in biophysics at the Open University Research
Unit in Oxford. After postdoctoral studies at Stanford
University in California, she moved to the Department
of Crystallography at Birkbeck, University of London.
She became Professor of Biomolecular Sciences in
1995 and Head of the Department of Crystallography
in 1996 at Birkbeck, University of London. She was
appointed Vice-Master in 1998.
Her scientific studies pioneered the use of
computational methods to study the structures of
large biologically important molecules and used this
to probe their function and dynamics.
Alongside her scientific research, Dame Julia has
played an important role leading some of the UK’s
major science institutions. In 2002, she was appointed
Chief Executive of the Biotechnology and Biological
Sciences Research Council, which funds scientific
research projects at British universities. She became
the 5th Vice Chancellor of the University of Kent
in 2007, and later this year will take up the role of
President of Universities UK.
Dame Julia was also the Chair of the British
Science Association for five years and was appointed
to both the Science and Technology Facilities Council
and Prime Minister’s Council for Science and
Technology in 2011. She is a Fellow of the Academy of
Medical Sciences, Society of Biology and Institute of
Physics, has received seven honorary doctorates and
is an honorary fellow of Birkbeck.
Honorary Membership was instituted at the very
beginning of the Society’s existence and, although
the criteria for election altered throughout the 20th
century, the abiding desire of the Society has been
to honour distinguished scientists, working in the
UK and elsewhere who have a clear connection with
the Society.
For a full list of Honorary Members, visit http://
Professor Dame Julia Goodfellow with former President of the Society, Ron Laskey
56 February 2015 © Biochemical Society