The president of the Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST) Margaret Patterson also earned a place on the monitor/ regulator category of the list.
Patterson is the principal scientific officer of the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute. She is also a past-president of the Society for Applied Microbiology.
She said she was both delighted and surprised to be on the list.
“Food science is such an important field, though one that doesn’t often get the positive attention it deserves. It is great to see that it is being recognised for its invaluable contributions to UK society and the economy. Hopefully, the Science Council’s list will support the work that IFST is doing to encourage young people into the sector and show that food science is an exciting career to enter into.”
Patterson also praised her fellow IFST members who made the list.
“It’s fantastic to see the IFST members amongst the UK’s 100 leading scientists, demonstrating that IFST membership is a widely recognised sign of integrity and professionalism within an individual.”
Watch our exclusive video, filmed at the ISFT’s spring conference, with Patterson to find out what her top three priorities are for her two-year term as president of the IFST.