Today, two prominent Waterloo scientists were among the 60 exceptional scientists selected to be Fellows and Foreign Members of the Royal Society, the United Kingdom’s national academy of sciences.
Chemist Linda Nazar and Physicist Donna Strickland were both elected for their outstanding contributions to their field and scientific understanding.
Admitting up to 52 fellows and 10 foreign members out of about 700 candidates each year, the fellowship recognizes scientists who have made substantial contributions to their fields.
"While election to the Fellowship is a recognition of exceptional individual contributions to the sciences, it is also a network of expertise that can be drawn on to address issues of societal, and global significance," said Venki Ramakrishnan, President of the Royal Society. "This year’s Fellows and Foreign Members have helped shape the 21st century through their work at the cutting-edge of fields from human genomics, to climate science and machine learning."
Linda Nazar, University Professor and Canada Research Chair
Nazar is widely recognized for her pioneering work on energy storage materials with topics that span Li-S and Li-O2 batteries; Li-ion, Na-ion, Mg-ion and Zn-ion batteries, solid state electrolytes, and the role that nanotechnology plays in energy materials science.
She has published more than 200 papers, review articles, and patents in the field which were cited over 19,000 times.
Her work has earned her a place on the Web of Science’s 2014, 2016 and 2017 Highly Cited Researcher Lists. Last year, she was named a Clarivate Analytics' (formerly Thomson-Reuters) Highly Cited Researcher in both the fields of Chemistry and Materials Science.
In 2015, Nazar was named an Officer for the Order of Canada in recognition of her excellence in research. She also holds the Canada Research Chair in Solid State Energy Materials and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.