These honours from the Royal Society of Biology's Council are in recognition of his recent work in promoting education in and the public understanding of Genetic Genealogy and in bringing together Biology, History and Education.
To quote the Society: the letters FRSB signify that he is “a professional biologist, well qualified and subject to a rigorous code of conduct". Fellowship is granted to individuals that the RSB has judged to have made a "prominent contribution to the advancement of the biological sciences".
Other Fellows include Sir David Attenborough, Professor Lord Robert Winston, and biochemist Dame Jean Olwen Thomas, Chancellor of Swansea University.
Dr Durie said, "I'm thrilled to have been honoured in this way in my original discipline... ...I hope to use this to increase the degree of scientific rigour brought to the valuable field of Genetic Genealogy, and strip away some of the more outrageous claims made for the interpretation of the science".
Originally a Biochemist and Neuroscientist, Dr Durie is internationally known for his work in Genealogy and Heraldry, over 30 books (including the best-selling ‘Scottish Genealogy’), his BBC Series ‘Digging Up Your Roots’ and ‘A House With A Past’ and his extensive speaking events among the Scottish-American community in North America.
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