Scottish scientist honoured for inventing diabetes test strip

Royal Society bestow honour on Professor Ian Shanks for his 'outstanding achievements in applied sciences'.

Scottish scientist honoured for inventing diabetes test strip

A Scottish scientist has been awarded a prestigious accolade for his work in developing blood glucose test strips that check for the prevalence of diabetes.

The Royal Society has conferred upon Professor Ian Shanks, who was educated at Dumbarton Academy and the University of Glasgow, the Royal Medal C.

Named as an inventor on about 70 patents, Professor Ian Shanks is responsible for inventing the kit that enabled self-monitoring of diabetes, a metabolic disease that causes high blood sugar.

He also played a significant role in pioneering LCD technology used in flat-screen TVs and computer displays.

Professor Shanks said: “This is a tremendous honour for me and one of the high points in what has been a rich and rewarding career.

“I feel both delighted and humbled to have received it.”

He is one of the 25 Royal Society medals and awards winners announced on Tuesday.

Venki Ramakrishnan, president of the Royal Society, said: “The Royal Society’s medals and awards celebrate those researchers whose groundbreaking work has helped answer fundamental questions and advance our understanding of the world around us.”