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Annie Lennox elected to join Royal Society of Edinburgh

Former Eurythmics singer Annie Lennox is one of 80 new fellows to have been elected to join Scotland’s national academy of science and letters.

The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) awards a fellowship to people from the arts, business, public service, civil society and academia whom the organisation’s judges deem to have made outstanding achievements for social progress and development.

This year’s group will be joining the RSE’s current fellowship of about 1,700 high-flyers who are recognised as being some of the greatest thinkers, researchers and practitioners working in or with Scotland today.

In addition to toping the charts with the Eurythmics, Lennox also had a distinguished, award-winning, solo career.

She is also chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University, the founder of The Circle: a non-profit organisation of women working together to achieve equality for women and girls, and was formerly special envoy for the Scottish Parliament.

Speaking about being nominated as a fellow of RSE, Lennox said she is “truly humbled and honoured”.

“Apart from a lifetime of music-making, my ardent passion lies with the most crucial issues facing all of humanity at this precarious point in time, namely the sustainability of our precious planet and the actual implementation of human rights and justice, most especially regarding the lives of women and girls in all four corners of the globe,” she said.


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