OF INTEREST: Culham Director Steve Cowley wins UK’s top science accolade

Professor Steve Cowley, Head of Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) and CEO of the UK Atomic Energy Authority, has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society, Britain’s national academy of science.

He is one of only 50 scientists to be chosen for this year’s Fellowship. Considered to be the pinnacle of achievement in science, the Fellowship is made up of the most eminent scientists and technologists from the UK and the Commonwealth, including around 80 Nobel Laureates. Winners are chosen for their scientific achievements and elected by existing Fellows.
Professor Cowley’s award is in recognition of his outstanding contributions to nuclear fusion research, which aims to copy the fusion of atoms that takes place in the core of the Sun for a new source of energy in the power stations of the future. His career as a fusion physicist has spanned spells at Culham, Princeton University, University of California Los Angeles and Imperial College London, before his appointment as Head of CCFE in 2008. As well as heading the UK fusion research program at Culham, Professor Cowley is a part-time professor at Imperial College, London. He is also one of the Prime Minister’s scientific advisers as a member of the Council for Science and Technology.