Professor Sir Brian John Hoskins CBE FRS, (born 17 May 1945) is a British dynamical meteorologist and climatologist based at the Imperial College London. A mathematician by training, his research has focused on understanding atmospheric motion from the scale of fronts to that of the Earth, using a range of theoretical and numerical models. He is perhaps best known for his work on the mathematical theory of extratropical cyclones and frontogenesis, particularly through the use of potential vorticity. He has also produced research across many areas of meteorology, including the Indian monsoon and global warming, recently contributing to the Stern review and the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report.
Sir Brian has been an effective ambassador for the use of meteorology in government, industry and society. He has contributed to developing environmental science in the UK and internationally. His group at the University of Reading has expanded to become one of the largest Meteorology departments in the world. Over the last four years Sir Brian has been instrumental in establishing the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College London, as an important centre for climate change research. He has been Council member for the Natural Environment Research Council that funds and supports most of the environmental research in the UK, and has held numerous roles for the Met Office, most recently as non-executive director and Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board.
He has made major contributions to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change scientific assessments (the work of the IPCC, including the contributions of many scientists, was recognised by the joint award of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize). He contributed to the Stern review of the economics of climate change and was also a member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution which recommended that the UK should aim for a 60% reduction in emissions of carbon dioxide by 2050. More recently he was appointed to the Government's new Climate Change Committee, which has been highly influential in the Government's decision to commit to an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
- B.A. (1st Class Honors) and Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Cambridge, UK, in 1966 and 1970, respectively.
- Reader in atmospheric modelling (1976–1981) and professor of meteorology (1981–present) at the University of Reading, UK.
- Head of the Department of Meteorology (1990–1996) at the University of Reading, UK.
- President of the Royal Meteorological Society (1998–2000).
- Royal Society council member (1999–present) and research professor (2001–present).
- First Director of Grantham Institute at Imperial College London (2008–present).
- Knighthood (2007)
- Symons Gold Medal (2007) of the Royal Meteorological Society
- Elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (2002) 
- Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (1998)
- Honorary Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (1998)
- EGS Vilhelm Bjerknes Medallist (1997) 
- Fellow of the Royal Society (1988) 
- Carl-Gustav Rossby Research Medal (1988) of the American Meteorological Society
- The Chree Medal and Prize of the Institute of Physics (1987)
- Fellow of the American Meteorological Society (1985)
- Royal Meteorological Society L.F. Richardson Prize (1972) and Buchan Prize (1976)
- President, Royal Meteorological Society 1998-2000
- Member, Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution 
- President, International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences 1991-95
- Chair, Royal Society Global Environmental Research Committee
- Chair, Meteorological Office Science Advisory Committee and Member, Meteorological Office Board
- Vice-Chair, Joint Scientific Committee for the World Climate Research Programme
- Member, Scientific Advisory Committee for European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (Chair 1985-88)
- Brian J. Hoskins (1982). "The Mathematical Theory of Frontogenesis". Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics 14 (1): 131–151. doi:10.1146/annurev.fl.14.010182.001023.
- B.J. Hoskins, M.E. McIntyre and A.W. Robertson (1985). "On the use and significance of isentropic potential vorticity maps". Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society 111 (470): 877–946. doi:10.1256/smsqj.47001.
- Summers, Deborah; Carrington, Damian (16 October 2008). "Government pledges to cut carbon emissions by 80% by 2050". The Guardian.