RPS Fellow Appointed Honorary Professor

21 June 2016

SIG: Medical

Dr Afzal Ansary, a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and also an Accredited Senior Imaging Scientist who is the Chairman of the Imaging Scientist Qualifications Board, Chairman of the Medical Group, Member of the Science Committee and the Distinctions Advisory Board (DAB) has been appointed an Honorary Professor at the University of Nottingham in the School of Life Sciences to teach on the postgraduate MSc course in Biological Photography and Imaging.

He joined The Society in 1966 and has been actively involved in various roles. In 2011 he established and co-ordinated the first International Images for Science Exhibition (IISE) which was a huge success. One set of the exhibition is now in the permanent archives of the National Media Museum. He then co-ordinated the second IISE in 2013 which showcased an exhibition of the world's best scientific photography. The images in these exhibitions were aesthetically beautiful and also had scientific data within them. The purposes behind these exhibitions were three fold- firstly, to meet the remit of the Society 'to promote the Art and Science of Photography', secondly, to create public awareness of the important role imaging plays in the modern-day science and, thirdly, to promote the Society's Imaging Science Qualifications. Since then the IISE has grown large with excellent exhibitions being produced annually. 

In 1999 he was awarded by the Medical Group The Lancet Award for the publication of his book 'Colour Atlas of AIDS in the Tropics' for which he was the principal author. In 2013 he was awarded the Fenton Medal and Honorary Life Membership for his services to The Royal Photographic Society. Besides his academic qualifications he has been awarded six Fellowships in Medical, Scientific and Biological Photography including in Microscopy. He has also been awarded Honorary Fellowships by the British Institute of Professional Photography and Master  Photographers Association.      

His images have been published worldwide and also used in several television documentaries including 'Embarrassing Bodies'.  He has presented many papers at national and international conferences and published several papers.