Philip Campbell (scientist)
|Born||Philip Henry Montgomery Campbell
April 19, 1951 
|Institutions||Nature Publishing Group
Queen Mary, University of London
University of Bristol
University of Leicester
Cancer Research UK
|Alma mater||University of Bristol
University of Leicester
|Thesis||The influence of the ionosphere on low frequency radio wave propagation (1979)|
|Known for||Editor-in-Chief of Nature|
|Notable awards||Fellow of the Institute of Physics (1995)
Honorary Professor Peking Union Medical College (2009)
Honorary Doctor of Science, Leicester, 1999
Honorary D.Sc Bristol (2008)
Campbell was educated at Shrewsbury School and went on to study aeronautical engineering at the University of Bristol, graduating with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in 1972. He then gained a Master of Science (MSc) in astrophysics at Queen Mary, University of London before doing his PhD in upper atmospheric physics at the University of Leicester. His doctoral and postdoctoral research was on the physics of the ionized upper atmosphere and effects on radio propagation, using the latter as a probe of the lower ionosphere.
Born in 1951, Campbell began working at Nature in 1979 and was appointed physical sciences editor in 1982. After leaving the journal in 1988 to start the publication Physics World, the membership magazine of the Institute of Physics, he returned to Nature as Editor-in-Chief in 1995. He heads a team of about 90 editorial staff around the world. He takes direct editorial responsibility for the content of Nature's editorials, writing some of them. He is the seventh editor-in-chief since the journal was launched in 1869. His role is to ensure that the quality and integrity appropriate to the Nature name are maintained, and that appropriate individuals are appointed as chief editors. He sits on the executive board of Nature's parent company, Nature Publishing Group.
Campbell has worked on issues relating to science and its impacts in society with the Office of Science and Innovation in the UK, the European Commission and the U.S. National Institutes of Health. For ten years until 2012, he was a trustee of the charity Cancer Research UK and the chairman of the charity's Public Policy Advisory Group. He was a visiting scholar at Rockefeller University in spring 2008.
Campbell was appointed a member of an independent panel established in February 2010 by the University of East Anglia to investigate the controversy surrounding the publication of emails sent by staff at the university's Climatic Research Unit (CRU). Due to publicity about a 2009 interview with Chinese State Radio during which he expressed support for the CRU scientists, he resigned just hours after the panel was launched.
Campbell is a founding trustee of the research-funding charity MQ: Transforming mental health. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Mental Health and Wellbeing.
Fellowships and honours
Campbell is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (elected in 1979), and of the Institute of Physics (elected in 1995). In 1999 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree by the University of Leicester, an honorary Doctor of Science by the University of Bristol in 2008, and an honorary fellowship of Queen Mary, University of London, in 2009. He was also elected a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University.
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- Nature Publishing Group - Executive COmmittee - retrieved 13 October 2008 Nature Publishing Group - about the editors - retrieved 23 April 2008
- Interview with Philip Campbell in Nonesuch, the University of Bristol Alumni Magazine, Spring 2008
- Queen Mary College Council paper on Honorary Degrees and Fellowships - retrieved 23 April 2008
- Campbell, Philip (1979). The influence of the ionosphere on low frequency radio wave propagation (PhD thesis). University of Leicester.
- http://www.iop.org/membership/profiles/page_38129.html Institute of Physics Profiles: Dr Philip Campbell
- Anon (1995). "New editor is appointed at Nature". Nature 375 (6526): 3–3. Bibcode:1995Natur.375....3.. doi:10.1038/375003b0.
- Campbell, P. (1995). "Postscript from a new hand". Nature 378 (6558): 649–649. Bibcode:1995Natur.378..649C. doi:10.1038/378649b0.
- Greene, Mott (2007). "The demise of the lone author: During the editorship of Philip Campbell (1995 onwards), the single author has all but disappeared". Nature. doi:10.1038/nature06243.
- Nature Publishing Group - History of the Journal Nature - retrieved 5 October 2008
- Cancer Research UK: How we are governed - retrieved 23 April 2008
- Rockefeller news: Visiting scholars - retrieved 15 October 2008
- Batty, David and Adam, David. "Climate emails review panellist quits after his impartiality questioned", The Guardian, 12 February 2010; Clarke, Tom. "'Climate-gate' review member resigns", Channel 4 News, 11 February 2010; Climategate e-mails inquiry under way, BBC News, 11 February 2010.
- Leicester University press release June 1999 retrieved 23 April 2008
- Bristol University Press Release July 2008 - retrieved 5 October 2008
- BBC Radio 3: Private Passions, Philip Campbell
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