Professor Palmer elected International Member of NAS

29 April 2020

Royal Society Research Professor in Climate Physics Tim Palmer has been elected as an International Member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in recognition of his distinguished and continuing achievement in original research.

Professor Palmer comments: ‘Being elected an International Member of the NAS is a super-special honour for me personally of course. However, I would not be getting such recognition without the contributions of numerous scientists with whom I have worked over the years at the Met Office, the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts and most recently at Oxford University – not least my graduate students, postdocs, and departmental colleagues. I believe that continuing to be fully active in weather and climate research over the last 10 years has been an important factor in receiving this award. This has been made possible through my Royal Society Research Professorship held at Oxford, two ERC Advanced Grants, and the support of the Department of Physics and Jesus College. As such I am grateful to all of these bodies for their full and ongoing support.

‘Being an International Member of the NAS will certainly provide an important bridge into US science. Given that climate is a topic of vital global importance, I am very much looking forward to ensuring that collaboration with climate scientists in the UK, and indeed in Europe more broadly, is as strong and effective as possible.’

‘We are all incredibly proud of Professor Palmer and his scientific work,' adds Professor Ian Shipsey who heads up the Department of Physics at Oxford University. ‘His election to the NAS is richly deserved; he is a fantastic science ambassador for Oxford and for UK climate science and this latest recognition will enhance his ability to build further transatlantic and global collaboration.' Professor Philip Stier, Head of Oxford's Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics sub-department concludes, 'Professor Tim Palmer is a world-leading expert on climate physics and predictability, a long-term advocate for large-scale international collaboration in climate science and an ambassador for fundamental physics in climate science. We are truly excited to have him as a colleague. This well-deserved recognition will further advance his international reach towards achieving his vision.'