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B.Sc Physics (Manchester) 1974; Ph.D 1977; D. Sc (Manchester) 1987 FR. Met S.  F Inst P

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Lecturer, Reader , then Professor in the UMIST Physics Department and I served a term as Head of Department for 2 years immediately leading up to the merger of UMIST and the Victoria University of Manchester.  At this time the Atmospheric Physics Research Group joined with Earth Sciences to form the School of Earth Atmospheric and Environmental Science in the University of Manchester. The Centre for Atmospheric Science was created within that School. I served as Head of School for 3.5 years up to January 2011 and I am now head of the Centre for Atmospheric Science. Awarded Mason Gold Medal by Royal Meteorological Society for outstanding contributions to Atmospheric Science

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Cloud microphysics , cloud aerosol interactions. The formation of precipitation in frontal and convective weather systems, severe storms

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures
  • Manchester Environmental Research Institute


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