University of East Anglia Climate Scientist Professor Bob Watson Knighted
University of East Anglia climate scientist Prof Bob Watson [above] has received a knighthood in the New Year Honours.---The University of East Anglia (1-2-2012)
On receiving the news Bob said: "I am delighted and humbled by this honour, which implicitly recognises the value of scientific knowledge in national and international environmental policy formulation. Of all the honours I have received this is very special, not only to me but also to my family and friends."
Prof Watson previously worked as chief scientist at the World Bank and environmental adviser to the Clinton White House. He has played a key role in chairing or co-chairing major international scientific assessments which have provided the scientific basis for informed national and international environmental policies. These include the IPCC, the International Ozone Assessments, the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, and the International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development. He also co-chaired the recently released UK National Ecosystem Assessment.
Prof Watson gained his PhD in Chemistry from London University in 1973. He has received numerous national and international awards and prizes for his contributions to science including: the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences Award for Scientific Freedom and Responsibility (1993); the insignia of Honorary Companion of St Michael and St George from the British Government (2003); and the Blue Planet Prize (2010) – Japan’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize - for his roles in highlighting the influence of human activities in the depletion of the ozone layer and climate change.
UEA Vice-Chancellor Prof Edward Acton said: "I would like to offer my warmest congratulations on this latest public recognition of one of our very finest scientists. Bob Watson has made, and continues to make, an enormous contribution to the globally important field of climate science - a field in which this university is committed to playing a leading role."