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Professor Dame Sue Black

Professor Dame Sue Black, Baroness Black of Strome was appointed as Locate International’s charity patron in 2023. She is a renowned forensic anthropologist and academic. After earning her Bachelor’s degree in Anatomy from the University of Aberdeen in 1982, she completed a PhD in Human Anatomy and Forensic Anthropology in 1987. Her research interests include skeletal trauma, human identification, and the application of forensic anthropology to human rights investigations.

She has held various academic positions, including Professor of Anatomy and Forensic Anthropology at the University of Dundee, and Director of the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification (CAHID). Dame Sue has also been involved in a number of high-profile forensic investigations, including the identification of victims of the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004 and war crimes investigations in Kosovo.

In recognition of her contributions to science and academia, Baroness Black was awarded a Damehood in the 2016 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to forensic anthropology. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Royal Anthropological Institute and the Royal Society of Biology.