Lorna A. Casselton

Vice President and Foreign Secretary at The Royal Society

6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, Greater London, United Kingdom
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Last Updated 2/9/2017

General Information

Employment History

Chairman  - Foundation for Science , Technology and Civilisation

Commander  - Order of the British Empire


University College London

BSc  - Southend High School for Girls

BSc  - University College , London

M.H.A.  - Australian Academy of Science

PhD  - 


Executive Board Member  - CO-REACH

Member  - Academia Europaea

Member  - Common Room

Fellow  - Oxford University

Fellow  - St Cross College Oxford

Honorary Fellow  - St Hilda's College

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Professor Lorna Casselton FRS
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Professor Lorna Casselton
Lorna Casselton "When I was an undergraduate, the whole university took the same examination papers, so coming top in Botany finals was certainly the highlight of my undergraduate days. I still found time for fun in my final year and as secretary of the student union entertainments committee helped organise one of the wonderful student balls at the Royal Festival Hall." Professor Lorna Ann Casselton is Emeritus Professor of Fungal Genetics in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Oxford. She started her teaching career as a Temporary Assistant Lecturer at Royal Holloway College in 1966 and moved to Queen Mary College in 1967, becoming Professor of Genetics in 1989. In 1991 she transferred her research group to the Plant Sciences department at Oxford University, becoming Professor of Fungal Genetics at the University of Oxford in 1997. Professor Casselton was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1999 and Foreign Secretary and Vice President of the Royal Society in November 2006 and Member of the Academia Europaea in 2008. Now Foreign Secretary of the Royal Society, Professor Casselton is involved with all the Society's international activities, including capacity-building programmes in Africa and administering international fellowships that bring young scientists from all over the world to work in the UK. As part of her role, Professor Casselton has given the Royal Society Rutherford Lecture in South Africa and Blackett Lecture in India, travelling to 27 different countries during three and a half years in office.

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Professor Lorna Casselton FRS
Professor Lorna Casselton Emeritus Professor of Fungal Genetics in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Oxford. Professor Casselton was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1999 and became Foreign Secretary and Vice President in 2006.

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