Fermilab scientist elected corresponding fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

Swapan Chattopadhyay

The Royal Society of Edinburgh has named Fermilab Distinguished Scientist Swapan Chattopadhyay an RSE fellow. In May, he will be one of 62 fellows elected this year who will be inducted into the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland’s National Academy.

Chattopadhyay was elected a “corresponding fellow” of the RSE, one of the four selected internationally, who have attained a high international standing in any subject within the RSE’s disciplinary domains and are not normally resident in the UK.

Chattopadhyay is a president’s professor of research, scholarship and artistry and the director of accelerator research at Northern Illinois University in joint appointment with Fermilab. He is also a visiting professor at the University of Oxford and University of California, Berkeley and an honorary scientific associate of CERN.

His field of research is the science and technology of particle and light beams, which is interdisciplinary and with global impact. His international leadership in particle accelerators and quantum sensors have many synergies with Scottish science, enabling collaborations with research groups across Scotland in accelerators, lasers, plasmas, quantum sensors, particle physics, astrophysics, cosmology, and bringing U.S. and EU collaborations to bear on Scottish science and technology developments.

Commenting on the new fellows, Professor Dame Anne Glover, RSE president, said, “The caliber of our fellows never ceases to amaze me, and this year is no different. For such a small country, we surpass ourselves with the talent and expertise that exists across our academic, cultural and business landscape. All of our fellows are assets, not just to the RSE but to Scotland and the rest of the world, and I look forward to welcoming and working with them.”