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Professor Colin Wilson has received one of the highest international honours in science with his election as a fellow of the Royal Society of London.

Professor Colin Hickford

The achievement recognises Colin’s research into volcanoes and his world-class contributions to the understanding of explosive volcanic activity.

Founded in 1660, the Royal Society is a self-governing fellowship of many of the world’s most eminent scientists, engineers and technologists and includes 80 Nobel Laureates.

Colin, who has been a professor of Volcanology in Victoria’s School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences since 2009, says he is deeply honoured by the fellowship.

“It’s a wonderful group to be part of. Its fellowship has included people like Albert Einstein and Charles Darwin, so there is a sense of following in the footsteps of these and many other eminent scientists.”

Listen to a recording of Colin’s recent lecture ‘The Forensics of Catastrophe