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London, MAy 5 (Agencies): A section of Britain's leading scientists have revolted against the election of Prince Andrew as a fellow of the Royal Society, voicing their concern over his "over-colourful" past and lack of a scientific background. The scientists have objected to the Royal Society's use of a ballot paper that only allow them to vote "yes", 'The Sunday Times' reported.

The report said the Duke of York was elected with just 11 per cent of the vote, following a huge number of abstentions.

The objectors have told Sir Paul Nurse, the society's President, that they oppose the choice of Andrew and the way the election was conducted. Lord May, a former president said he was dismayed by the handling of the vote. "This is not the way to run an election. A ballot where you can only say yes is a bad idea and should be changed."

While Lord May supported the society's association with royalty, others want the links to be reduced. "My immediate reaction when I heard the Royal Society council had ratified this was shock," said Peter Lawrence, professor of molecular biology at Cambridge University.

"The indiscriminate election of royal fellows, and it seems to me this case offers strong evidence of lack of discrimination, can only harm the reputation of the Royal Society," he added.

According to the report, the rebellion is being led by David Colquhoun, a fellow and professor of pharmacology at University College London.


News Updated at : Monday, May 6, 2013
 
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