John F. B. Mitchell

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John Francis Brake Mitchell OBE FRS (born 7 October 1948) is a British climatologist and climate modeller. [1]

He studied Applied Mathematics at Queen's University Belfast in 1970, staying on to gain a PhD in Theoretical Physics in 1973.

In 1978, he was appointed head of the Climate Change group in what is now the Met Office's Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research. He was Chief Scientist from 2002 to 2008 and Director of Climate Science from 2008 to 2010. He is the most cited scientist regarding the topic of global warming.[2]

He was a convening lead author for the first and third IPCC Working Group I reports and lead author for the second. He was also chair of the World Meteorological Organization JSC/CLIVAR Working Group on Climate Modelling and a member of WMO Executive Council from 2005 to 2008.

He now (2014) works part-time as Principal Research Fellow, advising the Met Office Chief Scientist on climate change and is Visiting Professor at the University of Reading.

In 2001, Mitchell was knighted during Queen Elisabeth II's Birthday honours.[3]



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  2. ^ Essential Science Indicators: Global Warming, Top 25 over all
  3. ^ "OBEs A - M". 2001-06-15. Retrieved 2017-09-29. 
  4. ^ "EGU Hans Oeschger Medal 2004: John Mitchell". European Geosciences Union. Archived from the original on 5 October 2011. Retrieved 21 June 2011.