Julian Hunt, Baron Hunt of Chesterton

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The Lord Hunt of Chesterton
Official portrait of Lord Hunt of Chesterton crop 2, 2019.jpg
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
In office
5 May 2000 – 30 October 2021
Life Peerage
Personal details
Born (1941-09-05) 5 September 1941 (age 80)
Political partyLabour
Alma materWestminster School
Trinity College, Cambridge

Julian Charles Roland Hunt, Baron Hunt of Chesterton CB FRS (born 5 September 1941)[1] is a British meteorologist who was Director General and Chief Executive of the British Meteorological Office from 1992 to 1997.[2] He was made a Life peer of the Labour Party by Tony Blair in 2000 where he sat until 30th October 2021.[3] He was the leader on the Labour group of Cambridge City Council in the 1970s.


Hunt is the son of diplomat Roland Hunt and Pauline Garnett.[4] The Hunt family were goldsmiths and silversmiths in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; John Samuel Hunt (1785–1865) being in business with his uncle-by-marriage, Paul Storr; also descended from John Samuel Hunt was John Hunt, Baron Hunt of Fawley.[5][6]

Hunt is Professor of Climate modelling in the Department of Space and Climate Physics and Department of Earth Sciences at University College London.[7][8]

Hunt was educated at Westminster School and went on to study Mechanical Sciences at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he is now a fellow,[9] and gained a first class honours degree in 1963. In 1967 he was awarded a PhD on Aspects of Magnetohydrodynamics from Cambridge. In 1989, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.[citation needed]

Hunt was created a life peer as Baron Hunt of Chesterton, Chesterton in the County of Cambridgeshire on 5 May 2000.[10][11] He is the father of historian and former Member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent Central, Tristram Hunt, medical doctor Matilda and journalist and novelist Jemima Hunt. Hunt is the great-nephew of noted meteorologist Lewis Fry Richardson.[12]

Meteorological Office[edit]

He followed Sir John Houghton as Director-General and Chief Executive of the Meteorological Office in 1992, consequently being elected to the Executive Committee of the World Meteorological Organisation. In 1997 he left the Met Office and was replaced by Peter Ewins.

In recent years he has warned that the pattern of Asian monsoons could be fundamentally altered unless there is a concerted effort to check greenhouse gas emissions in the area.[13] He is chairman of Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants Ltd.[14]


  1. ^ "Julian Hunt | Royal Society". royalsociety.org. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 June 2010. Retrieved 14 April 2010.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Peerage creations since 1997 House of Lords: Library Note
  4. ^ 2018 "Hunt of Chesterton, Baron, (Julian Charles Roland Hunt) (born 5 Sept. 1941)." WHO'S WHO & WHO WAS WHO
  5. ^ Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage, 107th ed., 2003, vol. 2, p. 1998
  6. ^ Paul Storr 1771–1844, Silversmith and Goldsmith, N. M. Penzer, Hamlyn Publishing Group, 1971, p. 15
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 March 2016. Retrieved 14 April 2010.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 9 July 2011. Retrieved 14 April 2010.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Trinity College Cambridge".
  10. ^ "No. 55844". The London Gazette. 10 May 2000. p. 5127.
  11. ^ "Person Page". thepeerage.com. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  12. ^ berreby, david (19 August 2014). "Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?". The Independent.
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 July 2010. Retrieved 14 April 2010.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ Dynamics, Global System. "GLOBAL SYSTEM DYNAMICS AND POLICIES: Julian Hunt".

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Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by Gentlemen
Baron Hunt of Chesterton
Followed by
The Lord Mitchell