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Professor Simon Swain elected British Academy Fellow

Congratulations to Professor Simon Swain, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Arts and Social Sciences, on being elected as an British Academy Fellow. Each year the British Academy elects highly distinguished UK academics as Fellows, in recognition of their outstanding research.

At its Annual General Meeting the Academy welcomed the new Fellows whose research areas span the full range of the subject areas across the humanities and social sciences, from history to psychology, economics to law, literature to philosophy and languages to archaeology.

Professor Simon Swain, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Warwick, said:

It is an honour to be elected as a Fellow of the British Academy. I hope that my research continues to encourage younger academics and helps to contribute to the discussion of the great issues and debates of our time. The British Academy's research into the humanities and social sciences is vital to helping us understand the world and humanity.”

Professor Simon Swain works on the reception and development of Greek thought in the Islamic Middle Ages, and the social and cultural history of the Greek East in the Roman period and after. He has had extensive external funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Leverhulme, Wellcome, and the European Union (EU) for projects on the reception and development in late antiquity and the Islamic period of ancient Greek science and pseudo-science (medicine, physiognomy), economic, and political thought.

Lord Stern, President of the British Academy, said:

This year we have the honour of once again welcoming the finest researchers and scholars into our Fellowship. Elected from across the UK and world for their distinction in the humanities and social sciences, they represent an unrivalled resource of expertise and knowledge. Our Fellows play a vital role in the work of the Academy; encouraging younger researchers, engaging in public discussion of the great issues and ideas of our time, and contributing to policy reports. Their collective work and expertise are testament to why research in the humanities and social sciences is vital for our understanding of the world and humanity.”