“Don’t be afraid to aspire to big things.”
Lesley Yellowlees, the first woman president of the Royal Society of Chemistry in the United Kingdom, shares her secret to maintaining ambitious, healthy goals, as well as some of her proudest moments.
Yellowlees completed both her B.Sc. in chemical physics and her Ph.D. in inorganic electrochemistry at the University of Edinburgh. After completing research positions in Brisbane, Australia, and Glasgow she returned to an academic position in Edinburgh in 1986. Her current research interests include inorganic electrochemistry and spectroelectrochemistry. Yellowlees completed five years as head of the School of Chemistry at Edinburgh and currently is vice principal and head of the College of Science and Engineering. She was awarded an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in 2005 for services to science.