We warmly congratulate two Balliol people on being elected as Fellows of the Royal Society.
Professor Graham Richards CBE (Honorary Fellow), an Emeritus Fellow of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Oxford, was one of the pioneers of computational chemistry. He is currently founder chairman of Oxford Drug Design Ltd, which is concentrating on the design of novel antibiotics. He has also received the Royal Society Mullard Award. There is more information about his achievements here.
Professor Dimitri Kullmann (Balliol 1976), who is Professor of Neurology, Department of Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy Institute of Neurology, University College London, works on how synapses function in health and disease. His laboratory helped to show how neurotransmitters activate different receptor subtypes in and around synapses, and resolved some controversies about the mechanisms of long-term changes in synaptic strength. There is more information about his achievements here.
Professor Richards and Professor Kullmann are among 50 eminent scientists who have been elected by the Royal Society. Venki Ramakrishnan, President of the Royal Society, says: ‘Our Fellows are key to the Royal Society’s fundamental purpose of using science for the benefit of humanity. From Norwich to Melbourne to Ethiopia, this year’s newly elected Fellows and Foreign Members of the Royal Society are testament that science is a global endeavour and excellent ideas transcend borders.’