Brian Hoskins has mathematics degrees from Cambridge. He has been a Professor in Meteorology there since 1981, was the Founding Director of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and is now its Chair. His research is in weather and climate, in particular the understanding of atmospheric motion on all scales. His international roles have included being vice-chair of the Joint Scientific Committee for the World Climate Research Programme and President of the International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences. He had a number of roles in the 2007 IPCC international climate change assessment. In the UK he has advised Government on climate change and was a member of the Climate Change Committee for its first 10 years. He is a member of the science academies of the UK, USA, China and Europe, and has received the top prizes of the UK and US Meteorological Societies and the Buys Ballot Medal (awarded by the Netherlands every 10 years). He was knighted in 2007 for his services to the environment.

Research Interests

Atmospheric storm-tracks and their changes. The dynamics of atmospheric Hadley Cells.

Membership Type

International Member

Election Year


Primary Section

Section 16: Geophysics

Secondary Section

Section 63: Environmental Sciences and Ecology