Muir Elected to Royal Society of Edinburgh
May 20, 2013. Edinburgh, Scotland. Tom Muir, the Van Zandt Williams Jr. Class of 1965 Professor of Chemistry, was inducted today into The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE), Scotland's national academy of sciences and letters.
The RSE is an honorific, educational charity, registered in Scotland, operating on a wholly independent and non-party-political basis to provide public benefit throughout Scotland. The Fellows of the RSE, in collaboration with others, serve as an expert, independent and free resource, providing evidence and advice to inform public policy decisions and legislative direction.
The society was established by royal charter in 1783 for "the advancement of learning and useful knowledge." Among the founding fellows were Adam Smith and Benjamin Franklin. RSE Fellows currently number more than 1500, based in Scotland, the rest of the UK and beyond. The Fellowship of the RSE includes people from a wide range of disciplines: science & technology, arts, humanities, social science, business and public service.