Sussex biologist elected a Fellow of the Royal Society

The UK's national academy of science has elected a University of Sussex scientist to one of its prestigious Fellowships.

Professor Guy Richardson, a recognised expert in many aspects of hearing research, learnt on 15 May of his election as a new Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS).

Election to the Fellowship of the Royal Society is recognised world-wide as a sign of the highest regard in science. A maximum of only 44 Fellows may be elected annually. Candidates must be proposed by at least six existing Fellows and are assessed by committees in each major field of science.

Professor Richardson, a Professorial Fellow at the Hearing Research Centre in the School of Life Sciences, is distinguished by his original contributions to the cellular and molecular biology of hearing.

His research is focussed on the development of the cochlea. He discovered proteins called 'tectorins', which are associated with the tectorial membrane of the inner ear; mutations in one of the tectorin genes cause human hearing loss. By working with these tectorins, Professor Richardson and his colleagues have provided unique insights into how the cochlea functions.

He has published his research findings widely in many highly regarded scientific journals. He also acts as advisor for the research panels of Deafness Research UK and the Royal National Institute for Deaf People.

A Sussex graduate, Professor Richardson studied for his BSc in Neuroscience from 1973-75 and his doctorate from 1977-80. In 1984 he returned to Sussex as a postdoctoral fellow and was awarded his professorship in 2004.

Welcoming the announcement, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Michael Farthing, said: "I was absolutely delighted to learn that Guy has been made a Fellow of the Royal Society. This is richly deserved and will inevitably enhance the reputation of his group and ultimately Life Sciences at Sussex."

Professor Richardson will be admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society at a seminar and dinner on 10 July.

He said: "I am delighted; this is a great honour."



By: Jacqui Bealing
Last updated: Thursday, 10 September 2009