Julian Hunt, Baron Hunt of Chesterton
The Lord Hunt of Chesterton
|Member of the House of Lords |
|Assumed office |
5 May 2000
|Born||5 September 1941|
|Alma mater||Westminster School |
Trinity College, Cambridge
Julian Charles Roland Hunt, Baron Hunt of Chesterton CB FRS (born 5 September 1941) is a British meteorologist who was Director General and Chief Executive of the British Meteorological Office from 1992 to 1997. He was made a Life Peer of the Labour Party by Tony Blair in 2000. 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. 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.
Hunt was educated at Westminster School and went on to study Mechanical Sciences at Trinity College, Cambridge where he is now a fellow, 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.
Hunt was made a life peer as Baron Hunt of Chesterton, Chesterton in the County of Cambridgeshire on 5 May 2000. 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.
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. He is chairman of Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants Ltd.
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