Lesley Jane Yellowlees, CBE, FRSE, HonFRSC is a British inorganic chemist who recently retired as the head of the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Edinburgh after six years. Lesley was the first female president of the Royal Society of Chemistry 2012–14.
In 2005, Lesley was awarded an MBE for services to science and then a CBE in 2014 for services to chemistry. She was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2012 and an Honorary FRSC in 2016.
Lesley’s contribution to science and chemistry has been recognised all over the UK, with honorary degrees from Aberdeen, Bristol, Edinburgh Napier, Heriot-Watt, The Open, Strathclyde University & Queens University Belfast.
As part of their ‘In Situ‘ series, which gets insights from outside of the lab into the lives of world-leading chemists, Chemistry World spoke to Lesley about her everyday life, from her least favourite part of her job to her favourite film.
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