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Professor Lesley Yellowlees


Lesley Yellowlees completed both her BSc in Chemical Physics and her PhD in Inorganic Electrochemistry at the University of Edinburgh. After completing research positions in Brisbane, Australia and Glasgow she returned to Edinburgh in 1986 to an academic position before gaining a personal chair in Inorganic Electrochemistry in 2005. Lesley was Head of the School of Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh from 2005-10 and, currently, is Vice Principal and Head of the College of Science and Engineering. Her research interests include inorganic electrochemistry and spectroelectrochemistry, epr spectroscopy, solar energy and CO2 conversion.

Lesley's RSC activities date back to 1990 when she was appointed as a member of the Dalton Division Council. She was a member of the Science and Technology Board before chairing this board and its successor the Science Policy Board from 2005 to 2009. Lesley has also been a member of the Scottish Educational Division of the RSC and a member of the Publication Board. In addition she has been chair of the Chemistry World Editorial Board from 2007 to 2011. She was a Council member from 2005 to 2009. She will serve as President until the AGM in July 2014

Other interests include the public engagement of science and the promotion of women in science. She was awarded an MBE in 2005 and a CBE in the 2014 New Year's Honours for services to science, elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2005, selected as a 2011 IUPAC distinguished woman in Chemistry/Chemical Engineering and elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2012. Lesley is married to Peter and they have two children, Sarah and Mark.