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Fred Taylor

Halley Professor of Physics

I was head of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics at Oxford for 21 years from 1979 and currently hold the Halley Chair in Oxford Physics and a Professorial Fellowship at Jesus College. Before that I was for ten years at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, where I still hold a Distinguished Visiting Scientist position. I've published just under 300 refereed scientific papers and 10 books, the latest of which is 'The Scientific Exploration of Mars' (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

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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