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Laurence Hurst
Laurence Hurst
John Toland
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Toland photograph by Nic Delves-Broughton, University Photographer

Internal News - 27 March 2008

Leading scientists receive prestigious merit awards

Two of the University of Bath’s leading scientists have been given prestigious research merit awards by the Royal Society – the independent scientific academy dedicated to promoting excellence in science.

Professor Laurence Hurst from the Department of Biology & Biochemistry and Professor John Toland from the Department of Mathematical Sciences will both receive additional funding that will help extend their research at the University.

Funded by the Royal Society, the Wolfson Foundation and the Government Office for Science, the aim of the Research Merit Award Scheme is to help retain the services of leading researchers and attract top scientists to the UK.

"I am both delighted and greatly honoured to receive such a prestigious award from the Royal Society, the Wolfson Foundation and the Government Office for Science,” said Professor Hurst.

“With the money for research that comes with this prize I can carry on unraveling how genes and genomes evolve, so as to better understand human genetic diseases."

Professor Toland added: “The award will consolidate my research here and I am very grateful that the University nominated me.”

Professor Kevin Edge, Pro-Vice Chancellor for research, said: “The Royal Society gives Research Merit Awards to individuals of proven outstanding ability to undertake independent, original research."

“That we have two successful awards at the University of Bath is recognition of the outstanding contribution that we make to UK research.

“John and Laurence should both be congratulated on the receipt of these important awards.”