John Beddington

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John Rex Beddington
John Beddington (cropped).jpg
Born (1945-10-13) 13 October 1945 (age 68)[1]
Residence UK
Nationality British
Fields Population biology
Institutions Imperial College London
University of York
University of Edinburgh
Alma mater London School of Economics (undergraduate)
University of Edinburgh (postgraduate)
Thesis The exploitation of red deer (Cervus elaphus L.) in Scotland.
Known for Sustainable management of renewable resources[citation needed]
Government Chief Scientific Adviser (2008-2013)
Notable awards Fellow of the Royal Society (2001)
Knight Bachelor (2010)
Order of St Michael and St George (2004)[1]
Spouse Sarah West (divorced 1972)
Sally Baldwin (divorced 1979)
Caroline Hiller
Website
twitter.com/SirJBeddington
www3.imperial.ac.uk/people/j.beddington

Sir John Rex Beddington, CMG, Kt, FRS (born 13 October 1945)[1] is Professor of Applied Population Biology at Imperial College London and was previously the UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser from 2008 until 2013.[2][3][4]

Education[edit]

Beddington was educated at Monmouth School in south-east Wales, close to the English border.[5] He then attended the London School of Economics, gaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics, and later a Master of Science degree. In 1973 he was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Edinburgh.[6]

Research[edit]

Beddington's research is in population biology and the sustainable management of non-renewable and renewable resources.[7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16] From 1968 to 1971 Beddington was a research assistant at the University of Edinburgh. From 1971 to 1984 he was a lecturer in Population Biology at the University of York.[1]

Imperial College London[edit]

Beddington joined Imperial in 1984, was promoted to Reader in 1987[17] and was appointed Professor of Applied Population Biology there in 1991.

Beddington has been a specialist in the economics and biology of sustainable management of renewable resources, and has previously advised UK ministers on scientific and environmental issues. He has chaired the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ science advisory panel and the Defence Scientific Advisory Committee, and is a member of the Natural Environmental Research Council.[18] He has also advised the European Commission and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation.

Chief Scientific Officer[edit]

On 1 October 2007, it was announced by the Prime Minister Gordon Brown that Beddington would succeed Professor Sir David King as the Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government with effect from 1 January 2008.[19] His annual remuneration for this role was £165,000.[20] Beddington was closely involved in helping the British government formulate its response to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, the eruptions of Icelandic volcanoes and ash dieback disease in the UK.[4][21] In April 2013 Beddington was succeeded by Mark Walport.[22][23]

Awards[edit]

Professor Beddington was awarded the Heidelberg Award for Environmental Excellence in June 1997, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2001 [24] and was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) by Queen Elizabeth II in 2004, in recognition of his services to fisheries science and management.[25]

Personal life[edit]

Beddington was knighted in the 2010 Birthday Honours.[26] He married Sarah West in 1968. They divorced in 1972 and have one son. In 1973 he married Prof Sally Baldwin. They divorced in 1979 and have one daughter. In 1990 he married Caroline Hiller.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "BEDDINGTON, Sir John (Rex)" (Who's Who 2013, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2013; online edn, Oxford University Press). 
  2. ^ "BBC NEWS | UK | Global crisis 'to strike by 2030' chief scientist John Beddington has warned.". 
  3. ^ "BBC News - Prof Sir John Beddington warns of floods, droughts and storms". 
  4. ^ a b "John Beddington: The science and art of effective advice | Science | guardian.co.uk". The Guardian. 
  5. ^ "Monmouth School Alumni". Archived from the original on 2013-04-12. 
  6. ^ Beddington, John Rex (1973). The Exploitation of Red Deer (Cervus Elaphus L.) in Scotland (PhD thesis). University of Edinburgh. 
  7. ^ Beddington, J. R.; Asaduzzaman, M.; Clark, M. E.; Fernández Bremauntz, A.; Guillou, M. D.; Howlett, D. J. B.; Jahn, M. M.; Lin, E.; Mamo, T.; Negra, C.; Nobre, C. A.; Scholes, R. J.; Van Bo, N.; Wakhungu, J. (2012). "What Next for Agriculture After Durban?". Science 335 (6066): 289–290. doi:10.1126/science.1217941. PMID 22267797.  edit
  8. ^ Black, R.; Bennett, S. R. G.; Thomas, S. M.; Beddington, J. R. (2011). "Climate change: Migration as adaptation". Nature 478 (7370): 447–449. doi:10.1038/478477a. PMID 22012304.  edit
  9. ^ Godfray, H. C. J.; Pretty, J.; Thomas, S. M.; Warham, E. J.; Beddington, J. R. (2011). "Linking Policy on Climate and Food". Science 331 (6020): 1013–1014. doi:10.1126/science.1202899. PMID 21273449.  edit
  10. ^ Godfray, H. C. J.; Beddington, J. R.; Crute, I. R.; Haddad, L.; Lawrence, D.; Muir, J. F.; Pretty, J.; Robinson, S.; Thomas, S. M.; Toulmin, C. (2010). "Food Security: The Challenge of Feeding 9 Billion People". Science 327 (5967): 812–818. doi:10.1126/science.1185383. PMID 20110467.  edit
  11. ^ Beddington, J. R.; Agnew, D. J.; Clark, C. W. (2007). "Current Problems in the Management of Marine Fisheries". Science 316 (5832): 1713–1716. doi:10.1126/science.1137362. PMID 17588923.  edit
  12. ^ Hsieh, C. H.; Reiss, C. S.; Hunter, J. R.; Beddington, J. R.; May, R. M.; Sugihara, G. (2006). "Fishing elevates variability in the abundance of exploited species". Nature 443 (7113): 859–862. doi:10.1038/nature05232. PMID 17051218.  edit
  13. ^ Rosenberg, A. A.; Fogarty, M. J.; Sissenwine, M. P.; Beddington, J. R.; Shepherd, J. G. (1993). "Achieving Sustainable Use of Renewable Resources". Science 262 (5135): 828–829. doi:10.1126/science.262.5135.828. PMID 17757341.  edit
  14. ^ May, R. M.; Beddington, J. R.; Clark, C. W.; Holt, S. J.; Laws, R. M. (1979). "Management of Multispecies Fisheries". Science 205 (4403): 267–277. doi:10.1126/science.205.4403.267. PMID 17747032.  edit
  15. ^ Beddington, J. R.; Free, C. A.; Lawton, J. H. (1978). "Characteristics of successful natural enemies in models of biological control of insect pests". Nature 273 (5663): 513–519. doi:10.1038/273513a0. PMID 661961.  edit
  16. ^ Beddington, J. R.; May, R. M. (1977). "Harvesting Natural Populations in a Randomly Fluctuating Environment". Science 197 (4302): 463–465. doi:10.1126/science.197.4302.463. PMID 17783245.  edit
  17. ^ Staff page on the Imperial College London website
  18. ^ Honours and awards J Beddington imperial.ac.uk
  19. ^ "New Government Chief Scientific Adviser announced". HM Government. 1 October 2007. Archived from the original on 8 December 2009. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  20. ^ "Top civil servant salary list published". Directgov. 2010-06-01. Retrieved 2010-06-14. 
  21. ^ "In praise of … John Beddington | Comment is free | The Guardian, Editorial Tuesday 26 March 2013". 
  22. ^ Callaway, E. (2012). "Britain names next chief science adviser: Immunologist Mark Walport, head of one of the world’s largest biomedical charities, will take on role in 2013.". Nature 487 (7405): 20. doi:10.1038/487020a.  edit
  23. ^ Anon (2012). "Good advice: The UK government's latest appointment offers hope for British science.". Nature 487 (7405): 5. doi:10.1038/487005b.  edit
  24. ^ "Royal Society Fellows 1660-date". London: The Royal Society. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  25. ^ May, R. M.; Beddington, J. R.; Clark, C. W.; Holt, S. J.; Laws, R. M. (1979). "Management of Multispecies Fisheries". Science 205 (4403): 267–277. doi:10.1126/science.205.4403.267. PMID 17747032.  edit
  26. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59446. p. 1. 12 June 2010.
Preceded by
David King
Government Chief Scientific Adviser
2008–2013
Succeeded by
Mark Walport