Cambridge researchers have been elected as Fellows of the British Academy and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

At their one hundred and fourth annual general meeting, the British Academy elected four academics from the University of Cambridge as Fellows. The Burkitt medal for Biblical Studies was also awarded to a Cambridge researcher.

The Academy’s president, Baroness O’Neill, delivered the honours from the national academy of the humanities and social sciences. Fellows are elected for their academic distinction, as reflected in scholarly research activity and publication.

Professor Helen Cooper of the Faculty of English is recognized as being one of the leading scholars of Chaucer. Her writings are notable, not only for the range and accuracy of her scholarship, but also for the shrewdness and lucidity of her writing. Her main area of interest lies in the connections between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

Professor David Feldman of the Faculty of Law, is widely regarded as the leading academic writer in the field of domestic civil liberties and human rights and, more generally, as a leading figure within public law. His scholarship in recent years has focused on the relationships between the state and individuals, and between law and politics.

Professor Martin Millet of the Faculty of Classics is an archaeologist of international standing with particular reference to the Roman Empire, especially Italy, and the western provinces including Britain. His research interests focus on the social and economic aspects of the archaeology. He has also made significant contributions to both later prehistoric and Anglo-Saxon archaeology.

Professor Robin Osborne of the Faculty of Classics has been recognized for his work on the history, archaeology and art of Greece in the archaic and classical periods. His research also includes political and social history to various aspects of cultural history. He is currently working on the changing iconography of Athenian pottery.

Professor Graham Stanton of the Faculty of Divinity was awarded the Burkitt medal for Biblical Studies. He has been recognised for his work on the New Testament, particularly the Gospels, their origins, historical importance and theology. He has made an especially important series of contributions to the study of Matthew's Gospel.

The Royal Academy of Engineering has also elected three Cambridge scientists as Fellows. The Academy is Britain’s national institution for engineering which aims to promote excellence in the science, art and practice of engineering.

Professor William Milne, Department of Engineering, is distinguished for his personal research and collaborations that maintain the UK at the forefront of carbon and silicon based electronics. The projects are mainly industrially based, particularly in Asia. He has also played a major part in the development of the undergraduate curriculum at Cambridge.

Professor Ian White, Head of the School of Technology, has been recognised for his many contributions to opto-electronics and optical communications including development of multimode fibre data communications which have been incorporated into the worldwide gigabit Ethernet standards. He has also made outstanding contributions to technologies for low cost wireless infrastructure.

Professor Edward Crawley of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Cambridge-MIT Institute has been elected as an International Fellow. The fellowship is bestowed for outstanding contributions to the dynamics and control of structures, and for international efforts in engineering education. His research interests include precision space craft design and he pioneered the area of intelligent structures, those with highly distributed and potentially embedded actuators, sensors and processes.

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