Royal Society elects Sir Andrew Pollard as new fellow

Sir Andrew Pollard, Director of Oxford Vaccine Group and Fellow of St Cross College

Sir Andrew Pollard, Director of Oxford Vaccine Group and Fellow of St Cross College (Credit: John Cairns)


The Royal Society has elected over 90 outstanding researchers from around the world to its fellowship this year including St Cross College Fellow, Sir Andrew Pollard, who was named alongside eight other Oxford scientists

The Royal Society, established in 1660, is the United Kingdom's prestigious national academy of sciences and plays a pivotal role in promoting scientific excellence and innovation globally. Among its various honours, the Royal Society Fellowship is one of the most prestigious, recognizing the most eminent scientists, engineers, and technologists from the UK and the Commonwealth.  

This fellowship not only celebrates individual achievements but also fosters a community of leading minds dedicated to advancing scientific knowledge. Induction into the fellowship is considered one of the highest accolades in the scientific community, underscoring a lifetime of significant contributions to the field. 

Discussing his election in the University of Oxford’s News article, Sir Andrew Pollard said “[what] a huge honour [it was] to join these most distinguished scientists of our time, standing on the shoulders of those past Fellows who changed our world over the past three and a half centuries.  I am more than aware that this is not about me but recognition of the large team of brilliant researchers at the Oxford Vaccine Group and our global collaborators who have made extraordinary contributions to improving lives through immunisation”. (University of Oxford, 2024) 

Sir Andrew Pollard is currently Ashall Professor of Infection and Immunity, Director of the Oxford Vaccine Group and Consultant in Paediatric Infectious Disease, Department of Paediatrics, University of Oxford. He earned his medical degree at St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School, University of London, in 1989. Following this, he specialized in Paediatric Infectious Diseases at institutions in the UK and Canada before completing his PhD at St Mary’s Hospital, London, in 1999. Returning to the University of Oxford in 2001, he has since made significant contributions to paediatric research and vaccine development. Additionally, Sir Andrew Pollard served as Vice-Master of St Cross College, Oxford, from 2017 to 2021, enriching the academic community with his expertise and leadership.