Washington : Noted Indian conservation biologist Kamal Bawa will be formally admitted to the prestigious Royal Society as a fellow on July 10 for his “pioneering contributions to understanding the population biology of tropical forest trees”.

India-born Bawa, an internationally recognised evolutionary ecologist and a distinguished professor of biology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, was elected a fellow of the London-based society in April, according to a university media release.

Bawa joins former and current fellows such as Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking, and about 80 Nobel laureates. Established in 1660, each year the Royal Society’s existing fellowship proposes about 700 candidates for election, and then elects up to 52 fellows from England and the Commonwealth countries, and up to 10 foreign fellows.

Bawa’s “pioneering contributions to understanding the population biology of tropical forest trees led to new strategies for their conservation,” read a statement published on the society website.

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