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Leading Women of Scotland


Professor Susan Margaret Black Anatomy and Forensic Anthropology University of Dundee Leading the identification of victims and perpetrators of conflicts around the world. Sue is a Scottish forensic anthropologist and academic. She is Professor of Anatomy and Forensic Anthropology at the University of Dundee and Director of the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science. In 1987, she took up the post of lecturer in Anatomy at St Thomas’ Hospital, London, which started her career in forensic anthropology, serving in this role until 1992. Between 1992 and 2003, she undertook contract work for UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the United Nations involving the identification of victims and perpetrators of various conflicts. In 1999, Sue became the lead Forensic Anthropologist to the British Forensic Team in Kosovo and was awarded an OBE for her services to forensic anthropology. She was later deployed to Sierra Leone, Grenada, Iraq and Thailand following the 2004 tsunami. In 2013, the Centre that Black runs was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for excellence in higher education. She has received police commendations for her work in the identification of perpetrators of child sexual abuse. 16

Professor Lesley Jane Yellowlees Inorganic Electrochemistry University of Edinburgh President of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the first woman to hold the position in its 172 year history. Lesley is Professor of Inorganic Electrochemistry at Edinburgh University and is a passionate champion for science and in particular for diversity in science. After graduating with a 1st in Chemical Physics from the University of Edinburgh, Lesley left science but realised her mistake quickly and entered the field of solar energy research – one she is interested in to this day. She gained her PhD in dye-sensitised solar cells – technology that is showing promise in the creation of cheap, light-weight, flexible solar panels and has become a leading figure in the fields of spectroelectrochemistry and solar energy research. Currently, she is Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Science and Engineering at Edinburgh University and previously President of the Royal Society of Chemistry – the first woman to hold the position in its 172 year history. She believes that there are more women coming through the ‘leaky pipeline’ but that progress is still too slow and that mentoring and sponsorship are key to increasing women at senior levels. She was awarded a CBE for services to Chemistry in 2014. 17

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