L. Mahadevan, the Lola England de Valpine Professor of Applied Mathematics at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), Professor of Physics and Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology has been named Fellow of the Royal Society of London.

The Fellowship of the Royal Society is made up of prominent scientists, engineers and technologists from the UK, the Commonwealth, and around the world.The Royal Society, founded in the 1660s, is the oldest scientific society in the world, and recognizes, promotes, and supports excellence in science and encourages the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.

Mahadevan was elected for his contributions to research that explores the geometrical and dynamical patterns of shape and flow of living and nonliving matter, including the mechanics of filaments and membranes, the physics of soft materials, the dynamics of fluids, the morphogenesis of cells and organs, the movements of plants and animals etc.

Mahadevan has been recognized by awards that include the Edgerton Prize at MIT (2000), the Ledlie Prize at Harvard (2006), the Chaire Condorcet at the ENS-Paris (2001), a Visiting Miller Professorship at UC-Berkeley (2007), as well as fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation (2006-07), the MacArthur Foundation (2009-14), and the Radcliffe Institute (2014-15).

He is also a Core Member of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and the Kavli Institute for NanoBioScience and Engineering. 

Read more about the 2016 class of Royal Society Fellows here