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Sir Brian Hoskins

Brian Hoskins

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Sir Brian Hoskins is Chair and both former and first Director, of the Grantham Institute - Climate Change and the Environment at Imperial College London. He now shares his time between Imperial and Reading University, where he is Professor of Meteorology. His BA and PhD were in mathematics from the University of Cambridge and he spent post-doc years in the USA before moving to Reading, where he became a Professor in his thirties and was head of the Department of Meteorology for six years. For the 10 years up to September 2010, he held a Royal Society Research Professorship. His research is in weather and climate; in particular the understanding of atmospheric motion from frontal to planetary scales. His international roles have included serving as Vice-chair of the Joint Scientific Committee for the World Climate Research Programme, President of the International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences and Review Editor for the 2007 IPCC international climate change assessment. Sir Hoskins has also had numerous UK based roles, including playing a major part in the 2000 report by the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution that first proposed a 60% target for UK carbon dioxide emission reduction by 2050, and is currently a member of the Committee on Climate Change (UK). He is a member of various science academies in the UK, USA, China and across Europe and has received a number of awards including the top prizes of the UK and USA meteorological societies and honorary DScs from the universities of Bristol and East Anglia. He was knighted in 2007 for his services to the environment.

Grantham Insitute for Climate Change at Imperial College London, UK