Santiago Schnell elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine

Author: Tammi Freehling

Santiago Schnell

Santiago Schnell, D.Phil., the William K. Warren Dean of the College of Science, has been elected a Fellow of The Royal Society of Medicine in the United Kingdom.  

In addition to his appointment as Dean, Schnell is Professor of Biological Sciences and Professor of Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Notre Dame. Schnell’s research program derives from the premise that there is a continuum between health and disease. If this continuum can be measured scientists and medical professionals will be better positioned to understand disease better and detect it earlier, allowing them to intervene more precisely. Professor Schnell has made substantive contributions to the standardization of models and protocols to measure enzyme catalyzed reactions in the life sciences. He is internationally renowned for deriving the Lambert W function equation of enzyme kinetics, also known as the Schnell-Mendoza equation.

The Royal Society of Medicine was established in 1805 as the Medical and Chirurgical Society of London. The Society has a long and rich history as a cross-specialty society sharing scientific, medical and healthcare knowledge.

Early Fellows of the Royal Society of Medicine included Charles Darwin (naturalist and biologist), Edward Jenner (inventor of the smallpox vaccination), Sigmund Freud (neurologist and founder of psychoanalysis), Jean-Martin Charcot (leading neurologist and discoverer of disorders such as Parkinson’s), Thomas Addison (physician and discoverer of Addison’s disease), Sir Alexander Fleming (awarded the Nobel Prize in 1945 for the discovery of penicillin). These prominent figures in medicine and life sciences hint at the accomplishments of the Fellows of the Royal Society of Medicine.