Foreign nomination

Supercritical fluids expert Martyn Poliakoff of the University of Nottingham has been nominated as next "Foreign Secretary" for the Royal Society, the UK's equivalent of the National Academy of Sciences in the USA. The role of Foreign Secretary of the Royal Society was inaugurated in 1723 60 years before the government had a post of Foreign Secretary. Aside from Poliakoff's important contribution to "green" chemistry over the last decades, he has achieved international fame through the Periodic Table of Videos, in which he and colleagues endeavor to bring the wonders of chemistry to as wide an audience as possible. Poliakoff is also renowned for his trademark gray hair.