Christopher G. Rapley#


Michael Huth
Membership Number:2811
Membership type:ORDINARY
Section:EARTH & COSMIC SCIENCES
Elected:2010
Main Country of Residence:UNITED KINGDOM
Homepage(s):https://www.ucl.ac.uk/earth-sciences/people/academic/prof-chris-rapley




Present and Previous Positions

  • Professor of Climate Science at University College London (UCL)
  • 2019 - Chair European Science Foundation's European Space Sciences Committee
  • 2014 - 2016 Chair of European Space Agency (ESA), Director General's High Level Science Policy Advisory Committee
  • 2007 - 2010 Director of the Science Museum
  • 1998 - 2007 Director of the British Antarctic Survey
  • 1999 Fellow of St Edmund's College, Cambridge
  • 1991 - 1997 Professor of Remote Sensing Science at University College London from 1991 to 1997 (1994 - 1997 Executive Director of the International Geosphere-Bisophere Programme, heading up the Secretariat hosted by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm)
  • 1981 - 1987 Lecturer at the Department of Space and Climate Physics of University College London
  • 1975 - 1981 Scientist on NASA's Solar Maximum Mission

Fields of Scholarship
  • Climate science
  • Polar science
  • Science communication
  • Science-policy interface

Honours and Awards
  • Honorary DSc’s from the University of Bristol and the University of East Anglia
  • Honorary Professorships from Imperial College London and the University of East Anglia
  • 2003 Appointed CBE by Her Majesty the Queen
  • 2008 Awarded the Edinburgh Science Medal for having made 'a significant contribution to the understanding and wellbeing of humanity'


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