Emeritus Head of Applied Photosynthesis and Systems Modelling Laboratory at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Dr John Sheehy, has been honoured as Fellow of Aberystwyth University.
An alumnus of Aberystwyth University, Dr Sheehy has been a scientist leading multidisciplinary teams in the public sector specialising in the physiology of crops, their yield and the environment.
He pioneered a ground-breaking research program, assembling an international team of scientists to kick start a new evolution in rice and break the rice yield barrier by supercharging photosynthesis.
The initiative was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and, shortly after retiring, he was honoured with an OBE.
Dr John Sheehy was presented by Professor Iain Donnison from the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences on Thursday 17 July.
Eleven Fellows are being honoured this week by Aberystwyth University during this year’s Graduation ceremonies which take place at the University’s Arts Centre from Monday 14 until Friday 18 July.
The title of Fellow is awarded to individuals who have a close association with Aberystwyth and the University, or who have made an outstanding contribution to professional or public life in Wales.