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Professor Lucy Carpenter elected a Fellow of the Royal Society

Posted on 17 April 2019

Professor Lucy Carpenter, of York’s Department of Chemistry, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence.

Professor Lucy CarpenterProfessor Lucy Carpenter

Professor Carpenter conducts world-leading research on the emissions, chemistry and impact of processes occurring in the atmosphere above the world’s oceans.


The Royal Society is a fellowship of many of the world’s most eminent scientists, engineers and technologists. It has a history stretching back to the 1660s and elects up to 52 Fellows and ten foreign members every year.

Professor Carpenter uses a combination of field observations, laboratory studies and theoretical modelling to answer important questions about global climate change. Her work is informing global policy to repair the ozone hole.


She said: "I’m hugely honoured and happy to be elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, as well as surprised. Of course, a successful research career relies as much or more on collaboration, support and friendship from colleagues as it does on the individual, and I’m lucky to have experienced a lot of that in my life as an academic.

“I’d like to thank those who proposed me for the fellowship, and the students and colleagues who have worked with me over the last 20 years or so."


Professor Duncan Bruce, Head of the Department of Chemistry at York, paid tribute to his colleague: "Lucy has carried out work in atmospheric chemistry that has important and far-reaching implications, and I am delighted to see her recognised by election as a Fellow of the Royal Society. Well done Lucy."

Professor Deborah Smith, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, added: “Lucy Carpenter is an exemplary scientist who has carried out excellent work of the highest international standing and with real impact in the world. She is also an outstanding colleague and inspirational mentor to staff and students alike. York is proud of her many achievements - Lucy is a genuine role model of the highest calibre for those who follow her.”

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