Recognition of a BASES Fellow
23rd February 2023
At the Nutrition Society’s Annual Reception in January, Prof Clyde Williams OBE FBASES was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Nutrition Society, for which BASES extends its congratulations.
Clyde is emeritus professor of sports science at Loughborough University and visiting professor at the newly established University of Suffolk. During his 30 year-long career at Loughborough University he has had several senior roles including head of the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences and Pro-Vice Chancellor (research). Prior to his move to Loughborough, to set up sports science research, he spent nine years in the Department of Physiology at the University of Aberdeen, teaching science and medical students’ human physiology. His research focussed, at the time, on the impact of thyroid hormone on skeletal muscle fibre composition. At Loughborough, his research returned to an earlier interest in the influence of nutrition on exercise performance and recovery.
2023 marks the 30th anniversary of BASES. BASS, the British Association of Sports Sciences, was established in order to be able to speak with one, more powerful voice about UK sports sciences. Clyde became the first Chair of BASS (1984 – 1987) and presided over the first BASS conference, which took place in Chichester in September 1985 when it was announced that there were 146 members (2 Honorary, 117 full and 12 students). At that time, Clyde spoke of the enthusiasm, goodwill and spirit of co-operation that had led to the establishment of BASS. In 1993, BASS became BASES in anticipation of the crucial role that physical activity would be seen to have in society, and 30 years on, BASES is going from strength to strength. Clyde became a BASES’ Fellow in 1994.