Imagine that you are a new Fellow of the Royal Society standing in the queue waiting to get your photograph taken on Admission Day (which took place here a couple of weeks ago). I will be there coordinating proceedings to ensure that everyone gets their portrait taken.
You will perhaps ask me to check that your hair is neat; if you seem a little nervy about having your photo taken (I know I’m not keen), then I will try and reassure you that the photographer Tracey Croggon isn’t scary in the least and that the procedure is quick and painless and really nothing to worry about. I will also suggest that you are welcome to pose as you wish as we are aiming for a relaxed and informal portrait.
This year some took this advice more literally than others, such as Professor Eddy Liew FRS …
I should add that two other more formal official photos were taken of Professor Liew which will be preserved for posterity in the Royal Society’s archives; this particular shot was just an extra which the professor requested as a bit of fun to amuse his grandchildren. It also gave us a giggle here in the office when the photos landed on my desk, so I’d like to thank Professor Liew for being a good sport and allowing me to include this in my blog. Biographies of Professor Liew and the other 51 Fellows and Foreign Members who were elected this year are available to view on our website.
To find out more about Admission Day and the portrait photography sessions you may like to read my blog report on the Royal Society’s 2010 Admission Day [editor’s note – this was Jo’s first blog post, and our second overall. The first was on 26 July 2010, which makes today ... our second birthday! Happy birthday to us!]