Election of Prince Andrew angers scientists at Royal Society
Sunday 05 May 2013
The Royal Society has defended its election of the Duke of York as a fellow despite some of its members branding him "over-colourful" and lacking a scientific background.
Some fellows were in revolt over the Duke's appointment which saw him secure votes from 11 per cent of members, according to The Sunday Times. They were also unhappy at the Royal Society's historic practice of appointing royalty as fellows.
One critic, David Colquhoun, a fellow and professor of pharmacology at University College London, told the paper: "The Royal Society was founded to advocate the idea that science is what matters, not deference to authority. The exception to that seems to be deference to royal blood, but it is taking deference too far to elect Prince Andrew.
"The citation sent to me by the Royal Society mentioned none of his unsavoury history."
A spokesman for the society said that the Duke was elected on the basis of what he was doing for science, and the Royal Society.
"The Duke is active in two areas," he said. "One, in supporting young British scientists, in particular our University Research Fellowships, and secondly he has been active in supporting our Year of Science and Industry. The Duke has been very helpful in trying to help make links between academics and industry."
- 5 How the language you speak changes your view of the world
Lucy Hawking: Stephen Hawking's daughter writes impassioned open letter to Katie Hopkins about rights of disabled people
Indonesia executions: Death row British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford will refuse to wear a blindfold when she faces firing squad
Oxygen-starved 'dead zones' with no marine life up to 100-miles long discovered in the Atlantic Ocean
How the language you speak changes your view of the world
Russian warships accused of 'chasing away' Swedish vessel to prevent Baltic States from achieving energy independence
Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: SNP and its activists 'openly racist' towards the English, Farage says
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils
£28000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Senior Digital Marketing Cons...
£16640 - £18500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An Assistant Stores Keeper is r...
£16000 - £18500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an excellent opportunit...
£17000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Developer required to join a bu...