27 Jun 2020

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Alan Wilson of the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) has been elected a fellow of the Royal Society (FRS), for his outstanding contributions to science. He joins an exclusive group of vets to be awarded FRS and is the only member of staff from the RVC to be granted this honour in the modern era.

Wilson’s work is primarily focused on how the musculoskeletal system of athletic animals is configured and used to deliver economical and high-performance locomotion. His commitment to research has led him to build an aeroplane in his garden, obtain a pilot’s license and develop tracking collars, so that he was able to fly across Botswana to monitor cheetahs in the wild.

He qualified from Glasgow vet school before undertaking a PhD in the anatomy department at the University of Bristol, where he studied the mechanical basis of tendon injury. In 1996, he joined the RVC where...