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Robert May, Baron May of Oxford

Australian scientist who has been Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government

Robert McCredie May, Baron May of Oxford, OM, AC, FRS, FAA, FTSE, FRSN, HonFAIB (born 8 January 1936) is an Australian scientist. He was President of the Royal Society from 2000 to 2005.[3] He is a professor at the University of Sydney and Princeton University. He was a crossbench (independent) member of the House of Lords from 2001 until his retirement in 2017.

The Lord May of Oxford

Robert McCredie May

(1936-01-08) 8 January 1936 (age 83)[1]
Alma materUniversity of Sydney
Judith Feiner (m. 1962)
Scientific career
FieldsTheoretical ecology
InstitutionsImperial College London
University of Oxford
Harvard University
ThesisInvestigations towards an understanding of superconductivity (1959)

May is a Fellow of Merton College, Oxford, and an appointed member of the council of the British Science Association. He is also a member of the advisory council for the Campaign for Science and Engineering.[4]


  1. MAY OF OXFORD, Baron. Who's Who. 2017 (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc.   (subscription required)
  2. "List of Fellows". Royal Academy of Engineering.
  3. Bradbury, Jane (2000). "Sir Robert May: A new face at the Royal Society". The Lancet 356 (9227): 406–736. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(05)73556-X. PMID 10972381. 
  4. "Advisory Council of the Campaign for Science and Engineering". Retrieved 11 February 2011.