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Three Southampton professors listed in the ‘100 most important people in British science’

Published: 7 October 2010

Three Professors from the University of Southampton feature in the list of ‘100 most important figures in British Science’ published in today’s (Thursday 7 October) Times newspaper.

Web science innovator Professor Dame Wendy Hall, featured at no 26, is the fourth highest placed woman in the Top 100 compiled by Eureka, The Times’ monthly science magazine. Dame Wendy is also listed as one of the Top 5 Science Couples with her husband Peter Chandler, who she met at the University nearly 30 years ago.

Dame Wendy said: “I'm just thrilled to be in such an eminent list. It is great to have the spotlight put on science in this way. It's wonderful to see our new Faculty’s achievements highlighted so prominently in a list of the best in British science, and a great tribute to the support for research and scientific endeavour at the University of Southampton.”

Professor Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web and Professor of Computer Science at the University is ranked at number 52.

The third Southampton professor to appear in the Top 100 at number 56 is Professor David Payne, Director of the Optoelectronics Research Centre, who has carried out world-leading research at the University of Southampton for over 40 years.

Professor Dame Wendy Hall is the fourth highest placed woman in the Top 100
Professor Dame Wendy Hall

Professor Payne said: “I am delighted with this accolade. It is stunning recognition of the merits of sustained and generous funding of science from both the University of Southampton and from EPSRC over several decades. It has paid off and will continue to do so with two major new projects just awarded in internet technologies.”

All three Southampton professors in the list are members of the new Faculty of Physical and Applied Sciences, of which Dame Wendy is Dean.

The Eureka list aims to identify the most important and interesting people in British science, ‘those pushing back the boundaries of scientific understanding, transforming our lives through innovation and changing our attitudes to science, each other and the world’, writes The Times Editor, James Harding.

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