Brian P. Flannery

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Brian P. Flannery is a physicist who variously worked as an astrophysicist and as a climate modeller for ExxonMobil. He is known for being a co-author of Numerical Recipes, a widely used series of textbooks describing useful algorithms.

Flannery obtained his undergraduate degree in astrophysics from Princeton University in 1970[1] and his doctorate from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1974, under the supervision of John Faulkner.[2] As an astrophysicist, he published work on cataclysmic variable stars and other interacting binaries until 1982.

In 1980, he joined ExxonMobil as a climate modeler and subsequently became a manager in 1998.[3] He previously participated in Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change[4] and continues to contribute to research on the mitigation of climate change.[5] He has at times been accused of participating in effort's by ExxonMobil to undermine action against climate change.[6]


  1. ^ "Brian Flannery". Retrieved November 16, 2016.
  2. ^ Flannery, B. P. (1974). Gas flow in cataclysmic variable stars (PhD). University of California, Santa Cruz. Bibcode:1974PhDT.........4F.
  3. ^ "Brian Flannery". Retrieved November 16, 2016.
  4. ^ "Working Group III: Mitigation. List of Authors and Reviewers". Retrieved November 16, 2016.
  5. ^ McJeon, Haewon; Edmonds, Jae; Bauer, Nico; Clarke, Leon; Fisher, Brian; Flannery, Brian P.; Hilaire, Jérôme; Krey, Volker; Marangoni, Giacomo; Mi, Raymond; Riahi, Keywan; Rogner, Holger; Tavoni, Massimo (15 October 2014), "Limited impact on decadal-scale climate change from increased use of natural gas", Nature, 514: 482–485, doi:10.1038/nature13837, PMID 25317557
  6. ^ Ward, Bob (July 1, 2009). "Why ExxonMobil must be taken to task over climate denial funding". The Guardian.