Peter Wadhams

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Peter Wadhams

Professor Peter Wadhams at COP22 (30972177906).jpg
Born (1948-05-14) 14 May 1948 (age 71)
Known for
AwardsPolar Medal (1987) Add Italgas Prize for Environmental Sciences 1990, W S Bruce Medal (Royal Society of Edinburgh) 1977.
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Cambridge

Peter Wadhams ScD (born 14 May 1948), is professor of Ocean Physics, and Head of the Polar Ocean Physics Group in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge. He is best known for his work on sea ice.


Wadhams has been the leader of 40 polar field expeditions.[1]

Wadhams advocates for the use of climate engineering to mitigate climate change.[2]

Honours and awards[edit]

  • 1977 W. S. Bruce Medal for his oceanographic investigations, especially in studying the behaviour of pack ice near Spitsbergen, the North Pole and off east Greenland.[3]
  • 1987 Polar Medal.
  • 1990 Italgas Prize for Environmental Sciences

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Professor Peter Wadhams". Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. Centre for Mathematical Sciences (Cambridge). Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Geoengineering May Be Our Best Chance to Save Sea Ice". Scientific American. Nature America. 13 November 2012. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-10-20. Retrieved 2016-10-20.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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