BMSS awards

At the conference dinner of the annual meeting of the British Mass Spectrometry Society, two awards were made to leading British mass spectrometrists.

Carol Robinson (Royal Society Research Professor and Dr Lee's Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oxford) received the Society’s Aston Medal for her globally recognised career in mass spectrometry. The Aston Medal is the Society’s prestigious scientific award, “to be given to individuals deserving special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to knowledge in the biological, chemical, engineering, mathematical, medical or physical sciences relating directly to mass spectrometry”. The dinner and award presentations were made in the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff, home of Welsh rugby. Professor Robinson remarked “that this was the first medal I have received in a rugby stadum!"

Carol Robinson and John Monaghan with their medals awarded at the BMSS 2011 meeting. Photo courtesy Frank Pullen

John Monaghan (School of Chemistry, University of Edinburgh) received the BMSS Medal for his many years of dedicated service to the Society and mass spectrometry in the UK. The BMSS Medal is a “very occasional award established to recognise sustained contributions by individual members … to the development of mass spectrometry, primarily within the UK”.