Royal Society Fellowships for Crick researcher and former Chairman


Dr Francois Guillemot, group leader at the Crick.

Francois Guillemot

Dr Francois Guillemot, group leader at the Francis Crick Institute and Sir David Cooksey, former chairman, have been elected to join The Royal Society as a fellow and an honorary fellow respectively. 

The Royal Society Fellowship is made up of eminent scientists, engineers and technologists from or living and working in the UK and the Commonwealth.

Congratulations to both Francois and David for joining the ranks of the Royal Society.
Paul Nurse

Francois has been recognised for his excellent work pursuing a greater understanding of the nervous system, which could lead to new treatments for brain disorders. As group leader of the Neural Stem Cell Biology Laboratory at the Crick, he has identified key steps in the process where neural stem cells specialise to become different types of nerve cells.  

“I’m delighted to become a fellow of the Royal Society,” says Francois.

Sir David Cooksey speaking at an event at the Crick in 2017.

Sir David Cooksey speaking at an event at the Crick in 2017

“This recognition also belongs to my dedicated team and collaborators, who are making amazing progress unveiling the complexities of the nervous system."

David’s honorary fellowship recognises his many contributions to UK science including his central role in decisions to form both the NHS National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and the Crick itself. Our institute was formed following the 2006 Cooksey Review, which set out the case for creating a new centre of excellence in biomedical research in the UK. 

David also chaired Diamond Light Source on the Harwell Campus from inception to full operation. Diamond is now an important part of the UK science infrastructure.

He says: “It’s a great honour to be joining the Royal Society. This recognition is testament to the talented people I’ve worked with over my career, including those who worked so hard to set up the Crick and all those working there today on world-class biomedical research.

“Now, more than ever, we’re reminded of the central place science holds within society and its value tackling the biggest challenges our world faces.”

Paul Nurse, Director of the Crick said: "Congratulations to both Francois and David for joining the ranks of the Royal Society. 


“Francois’ work has provided invaluable insight into the early development of the nervous system and his contribution to biomedical research should be celebrated. The Crick owes much to David, he led the thinking behind its conception and was our valued chairman for nearly a decade, guiding the construction and start-up of the Institute.” 

Venki Ramakrishnan, President of the Royal Society, says: “At this time of global crisis, the importance of scientific thinking, and the medicines, technologies and insights it delivers, has never been clearer. Our Fellows and Foreign Members are central to the mission of the Royal Society, to use science for the benefit of humanity.”



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