Pioneering professor named in science top 100 list

Loughborough professor Clyde Williams has been named in the Science Council’s list of the UK’s 100 leading practising scientists.

Professor Williams, an emeritus professor in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences (SSEHS), was named within the Council’s developer/translational scientist category and was recognised for developing sport science in higher education.

He has been at the forefront of the development of sports science at Loughborough University since joining in 1978. He established Loughborough’s Sports Science Research Group and in 1986 he became the UK’s first ever Chair in Sports Science.

Professor Williams was the founding chairman of the British Association of Sports Sciences (now British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences - BASES) and is an Honorary Fellow of BASES and a Founding Fellow of the European College of Sports Science.

The Science Council list celebrates the many different types of scientist and hopes to change the perceptions of government, media and public to science and scientists. The list is split into 10 different ‘types’ of scientist roles and gives a broad picture of the many different ways people work with science.

Chief executive of the Science Council, Diana Garnham, said: “It is vital that this narrow vision is challenged urgently because it is inhibiting education policy, the career ambitions of young people and investment in developing the skills we need to deliver a world class economy.”

David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science said:  "This list highlights the different types of skills and challenges a career in science involves. If we want more people to enter a career in science we need to show that the scientific community is not some exclusive club but people with a wide variety of vocations and interests who have rewarding careers and are making a significant contribution to the wealth and well-being of the UK."

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