RMS Honorary Fellows

Potential Fellows must be nominated and recommended by 5 or more current Fellows. The proposal is then put before Council who have absolute discretion in approving or rejecting the nomination. The total number of Honorary Fellows is not allowed to exceed 65 so it really is a great honour receive the Fellowship.

The list of our current Honorary Fellows can be found below:

2017 Professor Lawrence Michael Brown FRS Hon FRMS

For his pioneering work on the quantitative applications of electron microscopy to the measurement of strain fields at precipitates and dislocations, and the study of energetics and growth kinetics of damage clusters in irradiated materials. In addition, his work on the application of transmission electron microscopy and notably scanning TEM (STEM) and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) to metals, diamond, nuclear materials and semiconductors.

2017 Professor Stefan W Hell Hon FRMS

His extraordinary contributions to the field of Light microscopy, leading to the development of the first commercial STED microscope in 2006. He received a Nobel Prize for ‘the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy’ in 2014.

2017 Professor Dr Wolfgang Baumeister Hon FRMS

For pioneering the development of cryo-electron tomography and his seminal contributions to our understanding of the structure and function of the cellular machinery of protein degradation, in particular the proteasome.

2017 Professor John Spence Hon FRMS

For his numerous contributions to the field of electron microscopy, including contributions to our understanding of high-resolution TEM, STEM, convergent beam electron diffraction (CBED), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and electron energy-loss spectroscopy. His recent work in the area of X-ray imaging and lens-less imaging, and the study of protein structure and dynamics by femtosecond X-ray diffraction. 

2017 Dr Frances Ross Hon FRMS

For the development of new electron microscopy methodologies, and the application of electron microscopy to further the understanding of semiconductor nanostructures and functional nanomaterials. Frances has pioneered the development of electron microscopy in liquid environments, developing novel liquid cells for TEM.

2017 Professor Bridget Carragher Hon FRMS

For her work as one of the leaders of the “Resolution Revolution” in the Cryo EM field. She has been one of the early adapters of the Direct Electron Detectors and as part of NRAMM worked on the development of Leginon, an automated software for image acquisition of cryo EM images. 

2017 Professor Brian J Ford Hon FRMS

For his significant contribution to the field and to the popularisation of microscopy and biology. His work in plant physiology on plant secretion gave rise to the new science of phytoremediation. He has published on the microscopy of forged photographs, food science, microbiology, forensic analysis, and cell microscopy and blood coagulation. 

2016 Professor Anthony Cullis Hon FRMS
For his pioneering experimental work on the properties on nan-structured semiconducting materials, determined primarily by the combined use of various transmission electron microscopy techniques.

2016 Professor Sir John Pethica FRS Hon FRMS
After introducing the concept of forces acting between the tip and surface in scanning tunnelling microscopy, leading directly to Binnig’s invention of AFM, he has made many influential discoveries in this field, including the implementation of a novel AFM using sub-A modulation, allowing force gradients to be imaged directly with atomic resolution and to obtain mechanical characterisation of individual chemical bonds.

2016 Professor Paul Midgley Hon FRMS
For his pioneering use of electron tomography beyond the nanometre scale, establishing the technique as a keen tool in materials characterisation and for extending the application of precession electron diffraction to materials with particularly valuable properties. 

2016 Dr Eric Betzig Hon FRMS
For his numerous contributions to the field of microscopy including the development of PALM (photoactivated localisation microscopy) and his further development of PALM to image multiple fluorophores. His development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy and more recently, lattice light-sheet microscopy; which allows gentle imaging of molecules to embryos with a high spatiotemporal resolution.

2015 Professor Chris Hawes Hon FRMS
For his research in plant science, particularly ER and Golgi body biogenesis and interaction, resulting in the introduction of the single mobile Golgi secretory unit and its physical interaction with the ER. 

2015 Dr David Ehrhardt Hon FRMS
Working at the forefront of live-cell imaging in plant science, he applied spinning disc confocal microscopy to measure plant molecular cell dynamics, assembling his own instrument from scratch.

2015 Professor Peter Hepler Hon FRMS
For his contributions to plant science, including publishing the first report suggesting a co-alignment of microtubules with cell wall cellulose microtubules.

2015 Dr Michael Ormerod Hon FRMS
Contributed to both the UK cytometry community and worldwide education with his Distance Learning Course in Flow Cytometry as well as founding numerous committees and groups of flow cytometrists.

2015 Professor Petra Schwille Hon FRMS
Methods devised by her research group were instrumental in advancing FCS from being a highly specialist, advanced technique, to one which has been commercialized and used in microscopy labs worldwide.

2015 Professor Xiaowei Zhuang Hon FRMS
Her key contribution to biology and the single-molecule field is STORM (Stochastic Optical Reconstruction Microscopy). This single molecule technique has revolutionalised our ability to observe detail in cells using light microscopy.

2015 Professor Dirk van Dyck Hon FRMS
Responsible for a number of seminal advances in the theory and quantitative interpretation of high-resolution transmission electron microscope images.

2015 Dr Max Haider Hon FRMS
For his work in the development of aberration-corrected electron microscopy, allowing the observation of individual atoms with picometer precision, thus revolutionizing materials science.

2015 Professor Leonore Herzenberg Hon FRMS
Played a pivotal role in the development of the fluorescence activated cell sorter by including apparatus to allow the detection of fluorescently tagged  antibodies  on live or fixed cells with the  droplet  sorting capability, allowing isolation of such cells based on those characteristics

2015 Professor Sir Colin Humphreys CBE FREng FRS Hon FRMS
A leading expert in electron microscopy, his work spanned many aspects of microscopy, including the theory of electron diffraction & imaging, the study & application of beam damage effects, and the development & applications of a broad range of electron microscopy techniques.

2014 Professor Barbara Bain Hon FRMS
Played a key role in the teaching and education of haematologists, particularly in the use of light microscope and flow cytometry immunophenotyping in the diagnosis of leukaemia and lymphoma.

2014 Professor Flemming Besenbacher Hon FRMS
One of the early pioneers of Scanning Tunnelling Microscopy, developing a home-built STM instrument that provided some of the very first images of metal surfaces at atomic resolution and at highly elevated temperatures.

2014 Dr Ondrej Krivanek Hon FRMS
Designed and built the first correctors for spherical aberration for the scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM) configuration that showed an improvement over the uncorrected performance

2014 Dr Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz Hon FRMS
Used microscopy to understand organelle dynamics and inheritance strategies, leading the field in this area, she was a pioneer of the use GFP in live cell imaging, and her work in the development of photoactivatable GFP, spurred on the new microscopical development of PALM.

2014 Professor Anne Ridley Hon FRMS
Described how Rho regulates the assembly of focal adhesions and stress fibres in cells while Rac regulates growth factor induced membrane ruffling and lamellipodial extension.

2014 Professor Helen Saibil Hon FRMS
Her work in the study of macromolecular machines by electron microscopy led to an understanding of how proteins fold in vivo. She went on to create a world-renowned centre for electron cryomicroscopy at Birkbeck College.

2014 Professor Michael Sheetz Hon FRMS
His work led to the development of the first in vitro assay for myosin movement. This technique is now routinely used in laboratories worldwide to measure the ability of molecular motors to move along their tracks.

2014 Professor Ernst Stelzer Hon FRMS
Key in the development of confocal microscopy, his academic patents were used in the development of the Carl Zeiss LSM series. Helped develop 4Pi microscopy and pioneered light-sheet based fluorescence microscopy which is still in its infancy but already enabling high impacting research.

2014 Dr Richard Paden Hon FRMS
Involved at all levels in the development and design of the first Stereoscan SEMs.

2013 Dr John Hutchison Hon FRMS
A pioneer in the applications of high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), and more recently in the applications of field emission gun HRTEM.

2010 Dr Brad Amos Hon FRMS
Helped to develop confocal microscopy into a practical instrument and demonstrated its potential using fluorescent stained biological samples.

2008 Professor Harald Rose Hon FRMS
2005 Mr Paul Hirst Hon FRMS
2001 Professor Sumio Iijima Hon FRMS
2001 Professor M J Whelan Hon FRMS  
2000 Professor G A D Briggs Hon FRMS 
1998 Dr Peter J Evennett Hon FRMS
1998 Professor Tony Wilson Hon FRMS
1994 Professor M Petran Hon FRMS 
1993 Professor Hellmuth Sitte Hon FRMS 
1989 Mr B Clive Cowen Hon FRMS 
1989 Professor Brian Ralph Hon FRMS
1989 Professor Sir J M Thomas Hon FRMS 
1989 Dr P N T Unwin Hon FRMS
1988 Professor Gerd Binnig Hon FRMS 
1988 Professor S Inoue Hon FRMS 
1987 Professor Sir Eric A Ash Hon FRMS
1985 Dr Aaron Klug Hon FRMS
1984 Professor C F Quate Hon FRMS 
1984 Dr K C A Smith Hon FRMS 
1982 Dr M Karnovsky Hon FRMS 
1981 Dr James V P Long Hon FRMS
1978 Professor Archie Howie Hon FRMS
1978 Professor Ewald R Weibel Hon FRMS
1977 Professor Sir Peter Hirsch Hon FRMS 
1976 Professor J S Ploem Hon FRMS 
1966 HRH Prince Philip The Duke Of Edinburgh 



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