Joining some of the elite names among scientists and physicians, USC Davis School of Gerontology Professor Kelvin Davies has been elected as a fellow of The Royal Society of Medicine in the United Kingdom.
Davies is the James E. Birren Professor of the Biology of Aging at USC Davis, where he is also dean of faculty and director of the Andrus Gerontology Center. Davies holds a joint appointment as professor of molecular and computational biology at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.
Davies said he was “delighted and honored beyond belief” by his election.
The fields of free radical biology and medicine and the biology of aging, in which I have worked for the past 30-plus years, have really started making significant contributions to human knowledge.
“The fields of free radical biology and medicine and the biology of aging, in which I have worked for the past 30-plus years, have really started making significant contributions to human knowledge and to improving health and vitality in our later years,” he said. “I am proud to have been a small part of the advances we have made in these areas.”
Each year, an elite group of physicians or scientists is elected to The Royal Society of Medicine following nomination and committee review; former fellows include Charles Darwin, Louis Pasteur, Edward Jenner and Sigmund Freud. Elected fellows of the Royal Society are comparable to members of the Institute of Medicine in the United States.
Davies is a citizen of both the U.K. and the U.S.; among his other fellowships are the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Gerontological Society of America, the Society for Free Radical Biology & Medicine and the Royal Institution (London). He was decorated as a chevalier (knight) by the de l’Ordre National du Mérite de France (National Order of Merit) in 2012 for his contributions to science and international cooperation.