RMS Honorary Fellows 2015

Celebrated Scientists have been awarded the Highest Accolade of the Society

The Royal Microscopical Society are proud to announce our new Honorary Fellows, recognised some of the top names in microscopy with our highest award.

Nominations for Honorary Fellows must be approved by the RMS Council and RMS Rules state that there can only be 65 Honorary Fellows at any one time, making the award incredibly prestigious. The following individuals are now able to use the post-nominal HonFRMS to display their new accolade:

Professor Barbara Bain, St Mary's Hospital, Imperial College London
Recognised for her 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. Her passion, enthusiasm and dedication to teaching is recognised and appreciated by many and her wealth of experience and knowledge is demonstrated through the numerous publications she has written and edited and her seats on Expert Panels and Task Forces.

Professor Dirk van Dyck, University of Antwerp
Recognised for his work in electron microscopy and microtomography. He was the co-devloper of the first table top X-ray microtomograph and further work contributed to the surgical positioning of cochlear implant electrodes. He has been responsible for influential advanes in the theory and quantitative interpretation of high-resolution TEM images. Some of his most recent work on 'big bang' microscopy has allowed 3D information to be determined from exit-surface wavefunctions at atomic resolution. Professor van Dyck will be a Plenary Speaker at mmc2015.

Dr Max Haider, CEOS GmbH:
Recognised for his pioneering work in spherical aberration correction in Transmission Electron Microscopes. His work with Professor Harald Rose as well as Professor Ondrej Krivanek developed a technology that overcame the 60 year old problem of spherical aberration in the electron microscope and has revolutionised the performance of the TEM. He then went on to co-found CEOS GmbH, developing spherical and chromatic aberration correctors and is still currently producing the majority of correctors installed in TEMs today.

Professor Peter Hepler, University of Massachusetts: 
Recognised for his important contributions to plant cell biology.In the early 60's, he was one of the first plant scientists to apply the new glutaraldehyde fixation to plant cells, revealing bundles of microtubules under the plasma membrane of developing tracheary elements.His published report suggesting a co-alignment of microtubules with cell wall cellulose microtubules inspired the work of plant scientists for the next 50 years. Further work of his was able to prove that plant microtubules are as dynamic as those in animal cells. He was one of the first to apply calcium sensitive fluorescent dye to the research into cell regulated tubulin dynamics.

Professor Leonore Herzenberg, Stanford University School of Medicine:
Recognised for her contributions to biomedical science and flow cytometry. Her work in the 50's on histidine biosynthesis in Salmonella reulted in the discovery of the bistable switch-a biological device that has been found to have widepsread funtionality. Her work on aspects of mouse immune-regulation resulted in the devlopment of chimeric human/mouse antibodies, later used for cancer treatment usint anti-TNF α antibodies. Whilst at Stanford she has also been deeply involved in developing much of the software and techniques used in flow cytometry to this day. She, with her husband Len, was instrumental in the development of the first Fluorescence Activated Flow Cytometer based cell sorting device which was later commercialised by BD and became the first widely available Fluorescence Activated Cell Sorter (FACS.)

Dr Mike Ormerod - Institute of Cancer Research and Independent Consultant:
Recognised for his contributions to the worldwide cytometry community. His early interests were in the examination of the DNA content of cells after treatment with various agents used to treat cancer. In doing this he found that he was at the forefront of new technology in flow cytometry and was Head of the Flow Facility at the ICR until he left to become a consultant. He was a founding member of the London Flow Club and helped to create the RMS Flow Cytometry Committee in 1987. He set up the RMS Flow Cytometry Course which is still running today and has been involved in ISAC for many years. He has organsied and taught on numerous international courses, published many books and still runs the RMS Distance Learning Course in Flow Cytometry, welcoming students from all over the world.

Take a look at who they are joining with our full list of past and present RMS Honorary Fellows


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