Halley Professor of Physics Emeritus
Fred [dot] Taylor [at] physics [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk
I was head of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics at Oxford for 21 years from 1979 and now am Halley Professor Emeritus in Oxford Physics and an Emeritus Fellow at Jesus College. Before that I was for ten years at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, where until retirement I held a Distinguished Visiting Scientist position. I've published 300 refereed scientific papers and 10 books, including two undergraduate texts (Elementary Climate Physics' and 'Planetary Atmospheres', bout Oxford University Press) as well as research summaries in 'The Scientific Exploration of Mars' (Cambridge University Press, 2010) and The Scientific Exploration of Venus (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Most recently, I published an autobiographical history centred on my fifty years in Oxford Physics entitled 'Exploring the Planets: A Memoir' (Oxford University Press, 2016).
I constructed courses in Climate Physics for the 3rd year of the Oxford Physics course and 'Planetary Atmospheres' for the 4th year, and wrote text books for each: 'Elementary Climate Physics' (Oxford University Press, 2005), and 'Planetary Atmospheres' (Oxford University Press, 2010) but no longer teach as I retire in September 2011.
The Physics of planetary atmospheres, including the Earth; experimental methods for studying atmospheres from satellites, space probes and ground-based observatories; the theory of atmospheric radiation and atmospheric molecular spectroscopy; the global energy balance and climate of the Earth and planets.
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