Paul Nurse has been elected an Honorary Fellow of the British Academy, the UK's national body for the humanities and social sciences. Honorary Fellowships are specifically for those who serve the interests of the British Academy's disciplines but do not have an academic background in the humanities and social sciences.
Paul, who has been committed to bridging science and the arts throughout his career, is the only life scientists on this year's list of Honorary Fellows. Three other Honorary Fellows join Paul: Lord Sainsbury, philanthropist; Kate O'Regan, former judge in the Constitutional Court of South Africa; and Janet Yellen, economist and the first female Chair of the US Federal Reserve. There are currently 27 Honorary Fellows in total.
2016 marks one hundred years of this class of fellowship for the British Academy. In addition to Honorary Fellows, the British Academy elects up to 42 UK-based scholars and 20 Corresponding Fellows from outside the UK each year. Paul joins a fellowship of around 1,300 leading national and international academics awarded for their distinction in any branch of the humanities and social sciences.
It was also announced that Professor Sir David Cannadine will be the 30th President for the Academy.