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Double success for the University of Warwick

The University of Warwick is celebrating a double success with two of its top academics receiving recognition for their work.

Professor Phil Woodruff of the Department of Physics has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society. Professor Susan Bassnett, Pro Vice-Chancellor of the university, has been elected to the Academia Europaea, the European Academy of Humanities, Letters and Sciences.

Academia Europaea Members, who are drawn from across the whole european continent and include 38 Nobel Laureates, are invited to join by their peers.

The Royal Society is the UK's national academy of science. Founded in 1660, it works as an independent scientific body issuing reports and papers, hosting events and providing funding. Professor Phil Woodruff joins a prestigious roll of honour which includes Professor Stephen Hawkins, David Attenborough and one of the first ever Fellows of the Royal Society, Sir Isaac Newton.

Professor Woodruff has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in recognition of his work into the properties of surfaces at an atomic level. He said: "It's really exciting to join such exalted company. I heard on Thursday night and felt elated to have my work recognised in this way."

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Press release
Date: 26/05/06

For further information contact: Richard Fern, Press Officer,
Communications Office, University House
University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 8UW
REF PR 35 RWF 26 May 2006 024 7657 4255 email: r.w.fern@warwick.ac.uk