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Leading Women of Scotland


Professor Muffy Calder Vice Principal and Head of the College of Science and Engineering University of Glasgow. Awarded an OBE in 2011 for her services to Computer Science. Muffy studied her undergraduate degree in Computer Science for the University of Stirling and completed her PhD at the University of St Andrews in 1987. Since her PhD she has published over 90 scientific papers. Her work specialises in modelling and reasoning about the behaviour of complex software and biochemical systems. Her research has contributed to solving problems in telecommunication and even the detection of cancer. She is Vice Principal and Head of the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Glasgow. She is a Royal Society Leverhulme Senior Research Fellow and Royal Society Wolfson Merit Award Holder. From 2011 to 2014, Muffy was Chief Scientific Advisor to the Scottish Government. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Fellow of British Computer Society, Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering and was awarded the OBE for service to Computer Science in 2011. In 2012, The Herald named her the 21st most influential woman in Scotland. 20

Professor Sheila Rowan Chief Scientific Advisor to the Scottish Government Her research has contributed to the first detection of gravitational waves. Professor Rowan studied her undergraduate degree in experimental physics in 1991 and went on to study her PhD at Glasgow University, during which she also studied at Stanford University in the United States. She started working at the University of Glasgow as a Reader and has continued to contribute to the University’s research for 13 years. Sheila was awarded an OBE in 2011 and became a Fellow of the America Physical Society in 2012. Sheila became professor in 2006 and is currently the Director of the Institute for Gravitational Research (IGR) in the School of Physics and Astronomy in the University of Glasgow. Her research has contributed to the detection of gravitational waves, one of the most important scientific breakthroughs in recent years. Sheila was appointed as Chief Scientific Advisor in June 2016. On being appointed she said; “For Scotland to be successful we need to access all the talent we can and that means encouraging women and girls to engage in science from a young age.” 21

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