Foreign Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada — David Vaughan

David Vaughan

David Vaughan, Research Professor of Mineralogy at the University of Manchester (UK), has achieved the rare distinction of being elected a Foreign Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), that country’s national academy.

David was the founding Director of the University of Manchester’s Williamson Research Centre for Molecular Environmental Science, and is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the Natural History Museum (London, UK). In addition, he has uniquely served as President of the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland, President of the Mineralogical Society of America, and President of the European Mineralogical Union. He has also been a Principal Editor of Elements magazine (2008–2010).

The Royal Society of Canada was founded in 1882 and recognises scholarly research and artistic excellence, advises governments and organisations, and promotes a culture of knowledge and innovation in Canada and with other national academies around the world. Annually, the RSC elects up to four Foreign Fellows who, at the time of their election, are neither residents nor citizens of Canada and who, by their exceptionally distinguished intellectual accomplishments, have helped promote the object of the RSC in ways that have clear relevance for Canadian society.

The Fellowship citation for David reads as follows: “David Vaughan is the leading international authority on metal sulphide minerals, key materials for the Canadian economy and natural environment. He has pioneered applications of spectroscopic, imaging and computational techniques to study the structure and reactivity of such minerals, and played a major role in establishing the field of molecular environmental science which integrates research on the mineralogical, geochemical and biological systems of the Earth’s surface at the molecular scale.”