Queen appoints Martin Rees as member of the Order of MeritJune 13, 2007 at 11:39 am | Posted in Astronomy, Award, Climate champion, Climate change, Climate hero, Cosmology, HM the Queen, Martin Rees, Royal Society, Science | Leave a comment
Royal award for President of the Royal Society
13 Jun 2007
The President of the Royal Society, Martin Rees, has today been appointed by the Queen as a member of the Order of Merit. He is joined by Sir Tim Berners-Lee FRS, inventor of the World Wide Web.
The Order of Merit, founded in 1902 by King Edward VII, is a special mark of honour conferred by the Sovereign on individuals of exceptional distinction in the arts, learning, sciences and other areas. Appointments to the Order are in the Sovereign’s personal gift and ministerial advice is not required.
Martin Rees said: “This is a great honour for me. I am delighted to be joining such as distinguished group of individuals. It is recognition of the contribution of science to both the history and the future of the UK.”
Today’s appointments bring the number of Royal Fellows and Fellows of the Royal Society who are members of the Order of Merit to 13 out of a total of 25.
This is truly great recognition for a truly great scientist and this honour, and others like it, should be celebrated by scientists worldwide. Martin Rees has made an enormous difference to climate change awareness (amongst many other crucial challenges) in Britain and around the world.
Here, for your entertainment, inspiration and delight is an ‘idea worth spreading’:
TED Talks ~ Sir Martin Rees: Earth in its final century?