Jane Elizabeth Hillston MBE FRS FRSE is a prominent British computer scientist, currently serving as the head of the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. She obtained her BA in Mathematics from the University of York, followed by an MSc in Mathematics from Lehigh University in the United States and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Edinburgh. Hillston has made significant contributions to stochastic process algebras, particularly through the development of the PEPA process algebra and Bio-PEPA for analyzing biochemical networks.
In addition to her academic career, Hillston holds several editorial positions and is the Editor-in-Chief of Proceedings of the Royal Society A, the first female to hold this position in the journal’s history. She has received numerous honors and awards for her research, including the Roger Needham Award, Suffrage Science Award for Computer Science, and the RSE Lord Kelvin Medal. Hillston is a Fellow of the Royal Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and a member of the Academia Europaea.
Recognized for her contributions to computer science and women in science, Hillston was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2023 Birthday Honours. Her leadership has also played a vital role in the University of Edinburgh School of Informatics achieving a silver Athena SWAN Award, highlighting the department’s commitment to creating a supportive environment for female students.
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