|The Right HonourableThe Baroness Black of StromeDBE FBA FRSE FRCP FRAI|
|Member of the House of LordsLord Temporal|
|Assumed office |
17 May 2021
Susan Margaret Gunn
7 May 1961
|Political party||None (crossbencher)|
|Alma mater||University of Aberdeen|
|Thesis||Identification from the Human Skeleton (1986)|
Susan Margaret Black, Baroness Black of Strome, née Gunn; born 7 May 1961) is a Scottish forensic anthropologist, anatomist and academic. She is the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Engagement at Lancaster University and is the current President of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland. From 2003 to 2018 she was Professor of Anatomy and Forensic Anthropology at the University of Dundee. She is President elect of St John's College, Oxford.(
Sue Black was born in Inverness and educated at Inverness Royal Academy. She attended the University of Aberdeen where she graduated with a BSc degree with honours in human anatomy in 1982, and a PhD degree for her thesis on 'Identification from the Human Skeleton' in 1986.
Career and research
Between 1992 and 2003 she undertook contract work variously for UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the United Nations involving the identification of victims and perpetrators of various conflicts. In 1999, she became the lead forensic anthropologist to the British Forensic Team in Kosovo, deployed by the FCO on behalf of the United Nations and later that year deployed to Sierra Leone and Grenada.
In 2003 she undertook two tours to Iraq. In 2005 she participated in the United Kingdom's contribution to the Thai Tsunami Victim Identification operation (jointly led by the Thai and Australian Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) teams) as part of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami international response.
In 2003 Black was appointed Professor of Anatomy and Forensic Anthropology at the University of Dundee. In 2005, she created the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification at the University of Dundee (CAHID), which runs undergraduate courses in forensic anthropology and postgraduate courses in anatomy and advanced forensic anthropology. Her department trained the UK National Disaster Victim Identification (UK DVI) team for police and scientists in advanced mortuary practices.
In 2014 Black assisted police in Manchester in the arrest of a 34-year-old man suspected of filming himself raping a child. She confirmed the suspect's identity by analysing footage and images of his hands. He was convicted, and she received a police commendation for her work.
Black was a Director of the Centre for International Forensic Assistance and a founder of the British Association for Human Identification and the British Association for Forensic Anthropology.
In June 2018, Black left Dundee for Lancaster University, where she had been appointed pro-vice-chancellor for engagement. On 23 July 2021, it was announced that she had been elected the next President of St John's College, Oxford: she will succeed Maggie Snowling in 2022.
Black has authored and co-authored numerous works including:
- 1997 Essential Anatomy for Anesthesia (co-author)
- 2000 Developmental Juvenile Osteology (co-author)
- 2004 The Juvenile Skeleton (co-author)
- 2009 Juvenile Osteology: A Laboratory and Field Manual (co-author)
- 2009 "Forensic Anthropology" in Encyclopaedia of Forensic Sciences (co-author)
- 2010 Disaster Victim Identification: The Practitioner's Guide (co-author)
- 2010 "The Neonatal Ileum—Metaphyseal drivers and neurovascular passengers" in The Anatomical Record (co-author)
- 2010 "Applying Virtual ID" in Police Professional (co-author)
- 2011 Age Estimation in the Living: The Practitioners Guide (co-author)
- 2011 Disaster Victim Identification: Experience and Practice (author)
- 2011 Forensic Anthropology: 2000 to 2010 (co-author)
- 2014 "Syrian detainee report" (co-author)
- 2018 All That Remains: A Life in Death (author)
- 2020 Written in Bone—Hidden Stories in What We Leave Behind (author)
Black starred in BBC Two's History Cold Case, which aired two series between 2010 and 2011. In February 2013, she was assessed as one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the UK by BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour and in 2014 was also subject of The Life Scientific on the same station. In 2014, she appeared in the documentary 'After the Wave: Ten years since the Boxing Day Tsunami' examining the forensic response in Thailand to the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami.
In October 2015, Black was the guest for BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs. Her choices included The Corries, Glenn Miller, Gerry Rafferty, Dire Straits and Cher. Her favourite was "Highland Cathedral" by Lathallan School. In July 2018 Black was the guest on BBC's Hard Talk.
Awards and honours
Black was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE) in 2005, a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute, a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. In 2008 she was awarded the Lucy Mair Medal from the Royal Anthropological Institute. and a police commendation for DVI training. In 2009 she was awarded the University of Aberdeen's Brian Cox Award for Public Engagement.
Black and her team at the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification were awarded the University of Dundee's Stephen Fry Award for Public Engagement with Research in 2012 and the Queen's Anniversary Award for Higher Education in 2013 and in May 2014, she was awarded a prestigious Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award for her research into identification from the hand.
In 2001 Black was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for her services to forensic anthropology in Kosovo. She was promoted to Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2016 Birthday Honours for services to forensic anthropology.
In 2017 Black was presented with an honorary degree of Doctor of Medicine by University of St Andrews for her contribution to science and humanity. She received an honorary Doctorate of Science (DSc) from the University of Aberdeen in 2019, at a ceremony in which her daughter graduated in law. In 2018 her book All That Remains: A Life in Death won the Saltire Book of the Year award.
In 2021 she entered the House of Lords as a crossbencher peer, after she was created a Life Peer on 26 April 2021 and taking the title of The Baroness Black of Strome. Strome is in the County of Ross-shire.
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- Gapert, R.; Black, S.; Last, J. (2009). "Sex determination from the occipital condyle: Discriminant function analysis in an Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century British sample". American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 138 (4): 384–394. doi:10.1002/ajpa.20946. PMID 18924165.
- Schaefer, M.C.; Black, S.M. (2005). "Comparison of ages of epiphyseal union in North American and Bosnian skeletal material". Journal of Forensic Sciences. 50 (4): 777–84. doi:10.1520/JFS2004497. PMID 16078477.
- Robinson, C.; Eisma, R.; Morgan, B.; Jeffery, A.; Graham, E.A.M.; Black, S.; Rutty, G.N. (2008). "Anthropological Measurement of Lower Limb and Foot Bones Using Multi-Detector Computed Tomography". Journal of Forensic Sciences. 53 (6): 1289–1295. doi:10.1111/j.1556-4029.2008.00875.x. PMID 18798776. S2CID 37226316.
- Pryde, F.R.; Black, S.M. (2005). "Anatomy in Scotland: 20 years of change". Scottish Medical Journal. 50 (3): 96–98. doi:10.1177/003693300505000302. PMID 16163991. S2CID 10820992.
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- Tim Thompson; Sue Black (14 November 2006). Forensic Human Identification: An Introduction. Taylor & Francis. pp. 384–. ISBN 978-0-8493-3954-7. Retrieved 18 October 2012.
- "About Us". BAHID official website. British Association for Human Identification. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
In August of 2001 a small group of experts (led by Peter Vanezis the first President of the Association and Sue Black, the first Secretary).
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- "University Leadership: Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Engagement)". Lancaster University. Retrieved 25 July 2021.
- Sue M. Black; W. Alastair Chambers (1997). Essential Anatomy for Anesthesia. New York: Churchill Livingstone. ISBN 9780443050541.
- Louise Scheuer; Sue M. Black (2000). Developmental Juvenile Osteology. San Diego, California: Academic Press. ISBN 9780126240009.
- Louise Scheuer; Sue M. Black (2004). The Juvenile Skeleton. London: Elsevier Academic Press. ISBN 9780121028213.
- Maureen Schaefer; Louise Scheuer; Sue M. Black (2009). Juvenile Osteology: A Laboratory and Field Manual. London: Academic. ISBN 9780123746351.
- Patrick S. Randolph-Quinney; Xanthe Mallett; Sue M. Black (2009). "Forensic Anthropology". In Jamieson, Allan; Moenssens, Andre A. (eds.). Wiley Encyclopaedia of Forensic Sciences. Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley. ISBN 9780470018262.
- Sue M. Black; Graham Walker; Lucina Hackman; Clive Brooks (2010). Disaster Victim Identification: The Practitioner's Guide. Dundee: Dundee University Press. ISBN 9781845860363.
- C. A. Cunningham; S. M. Black (2010). "The Neonatal Ileum—Metaphyseal drivers and neurovascular passengers". Anatomical Record. 293 (8): 1297–1309. doi:10.1002/ar.21182. PMID 20665808.
- L. Hackman; Sue M. Black (2010). "Applying Virtual ID". Police Professional (220): 16–18.
- Sue M. Black; Anil Aggrawal; Jason Payne-James (2011). Age Estimation in the Living: The Practitioners Guide. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons Inc. ISBN 9780470669785.
- Sue M. Black (2011). Disaster Victim Identification: Experience and Practice. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press. ISBN 9781420094121.
- Sue M Black; Eilidh Ferguson (2011). Forensic Anthropology: 2000 to 2010. Boca Raton, Florida: CRC Press. ISBN 9781439845882.
- Desmond de Silva; Geoffrey Nice; David M. Crane; Stuart J Hamilton; Susan Black; Stephen Cole (2014). "A Report Into the Credibility of Certain Evidence with Regard to Torture and Execution of Persons Incarcerated by the Current Syrian Regime" (PDF). France at the United Nations. Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations in New York. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 July 2014. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
- Sue M. Black (2018). All That Remains: A Life in Death. UK: Doubleday. ISBN 978-0857524928.
- publisher—Doubleday, ISBN 978-0857526908
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The Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification were awarded the 2012 Stephen Fry Award for Excellence in Public Engagement with Research
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Professor Sue Black—University of Dundee, The new biometric—your life in your hands
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