She joins a list of eminent individuals from beyond the art world who are nominated by the Academy's President - currently Rebecca Salter PRA.
Saïd Professor of Vaccinology Sarah Gilbert is the Oxford Project Leader for ChAdOx1 nCoV-19, a vaccine against the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.
The vaccine, tested by the University of Oxford in clinical trials of over 23,000 people in the UK, Brazil and South Africa, is now in use in many countries around the world in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Professor Gilbert said: ‘I have worked in the development of vaccines against infectious pathogens for many years and in the last two years have been able to draw on all that I have learned in order to respond to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. I have been so fortunate to work with a very talented and dedicated team who made it possible to develop a vaccine in less time than anyone thought possible.’