Stephen Emmott

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Stephen Emmott
Stephen Emmott speaking in 2006
Stephen Emmott speaking in 2006
Stephen J. Emmott

(1960-06-03) 3 June 1960 (age 59)[1]
Alma materUniversity of York (BSc)
University of Stirling (PhD)
Known forTen Billion[2][3][4]
Towards 2020 Science[5]
Scientific career
FieldsComputational science
ThesisThe visual processing of text (1993)

Stephen J. Emmott (born 3 June 1960)[1] is a Professor and Head of Computational Science at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, UK, where he has worked since 2004. He is also a Visiting Professor at University College London and the University of Oxford.[1][7][8][9][10]


Emmott was educated at the University of York gaining a first-class Bachelor of Science degree in Experimental Psychology in 1987. After graduating, Emmott went on to the University of Stirling where he was awarded a PhD in Computational Neuroscience in 1993.[6]


Emmott starting his career doing postdoctoral research at Bell Labs from 1993–96. Following this he was director and Chief Scientist, Advanced Research Laboratory at NCR Corporation from 1997–2001. He has been working at Microsoft Research since 2004.[11]


Emmott's research interests[12][13][14][15][16][17][18] are in:

"better understanding nature, from biochemistry to the brain to the biosphere, and in the development of a new framework --new ways of thinking, a new language, new kinds of computational methods, models and tools -- for forming the foundations of a 'new kind' of natural science: a precise, predictive science of complex living systems integrating new theory, models and data."[11]

Ten Billion[edit]

Ten Billion[3][2][19] is a 2013 book concerning the topic of human overpopulation and its relationship to global warming.

Favorable Reviews[edit]

In a review published in The Guardian, John Gray describes the book as "short, highly accessible and vividly illustrated," offering "compelling evidence that 'entire global ecosystems are not only capable of suffering a catastrophic tipping point, but are already approaching such a transition.'"[20]

Critical Reviews[edit]

In another review that appears in The Guardian and on Carbon Commentary, Chris Goodall calls it "error-strewn, full of careless exaggeration and weak on basic science."[21][22] In response to this criticism, the second edition of the book includes various amendments.[23]


  1. ^ a b c d "EMMOTT, Stephen". Who's Who 2013, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2013; online edn, Oxford University Press.(subscription required)
  2. ^ a b Emmott, Stephen (2013). 10 billion. London: Penguin Books. ISBN 9780141976327.
  3. ^ a b "Ten Billion at The Royal Court Theatre". Archived from the original on 2013-07-01.
  4. ^ Billington, Michael (2012-07-19). "Ten Billion – review: Royal Court, London". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 2013-07-01.
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  6. ^ a b Emmott, Stephen J. (1993). The visual processing of text (PhD thesis). University of Stirling.
  7. ^ Emmott, Stephen's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  8. ^ List of publications from Microsoft Academic
  9. ^ Stephen Emmott at DBLP Bibliography Server Edit this at Wikidata
  10. ^ Adams, Tim (2013-06-30). "Stephen Emmott Q&A: 'Wind farms are not the answer to our problems'". The Guardian. London. Archived from the original on 2013-07-01.
  11. ^ a b "Stephen Emmott - Microsoft Research". Archived from the original on 2013-07-01.
  12. ^ Heger, M. (2010). "Tech meets bio: software and technology companies have increasingly been taking a more active role in biological research: Roni Zeiger, Michael Montalto, Ajay Royyuru and Stephen Emmott" (PDF). Nature Medicine. 16 (8): 844–847. doi:10.1038/nm0810-844. PMID 20689541.
  13. ^ Joppa, L. N.; McInerny, G.; Harper, R.; Salido, L.; Takeda, K.; O'Hara, K.; Gavaghan, D.; Emmott, S. (2013). "Troubling Trends in Scientific Software Use". Science. 340 (6134): 814–815. doi:10.1126/science.1231535. PMID 23687031.
  14. ^ Purves, D.; Scharlemann, J.; Harfoot, M.; Newbold, T.; Tittensor, D. P.; Hutton, J.; Emmott, S. (2013). "Ecosystems: Time to model all life on Earth". Nature. 493 (7432): 295–297. doi:10.1038/493295a. PMID 23325192.
  15. ^ Dalchau, N.; Smith, M. J.; Martin, S.; Brown, J. R.; Emmott, S.; Phillips, A. (2012). "Towards the rational design of synthetic cells with prescribed population dynamics". Journal of the Royal Society Interface. 9 (76): 2883–2898. doi:10.1098/rsif.2012.0280. PMC 3479904. PMID 22683525.
  16. ^ Dalchau, N.; Phillips, A.; Goldstein, L. D.; Howarth, M.; Cardelli, L.; Emmott, S.; Elliott, T.; Werner, J. M. (2011). Chakraborty, Arup K (ed.). "A Peptide Filtering Relation Quantifies MHC Class I Peptide Optimization". PLoS Computational Biology. 7 (10): e1002144. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002144. PMC 3195949. PMID 22022238.
  17. ^ Lakin, M. R.; Youssef, S.; Polo, F.; Emmott, S.; Phillips, A. (2011). "Visual DSD: A design and analysis tool for DNA strand displacement systems". Bioinformatics. 27 (22): 3211–3213. doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/btr543. PMC 3208393. PMID 21984756.
  18. ^ Setty, Y.; Chen, C. C.; Secrier, M.; Skoblov, N.; Kalamatianos, D.; Emmott, S. (2011). "How neurons migrate: A dynamic in-silico model of neuronal migration in the developing cortex". BMC Systems Biology. 5: 154. doi:10.1186/1752-0509-5-154. PMC 3198702. PMID 21962057.
  19. ^ Eckart Löhr: Something Radical. A Review of "Ten Billion"
  20. ^ Gray, John (2013-07-05). "Population 10 Billion by Danny Dorling and Ten Billion by Stephen Emmott – review". The Guardian. London.
  21. ^ Goodall, Chris (2013-07-09). "Stephen Emmott's population book is unscientific and misanthropic". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-09-29.
  22. ^ Chris Goodall, Carbon Commentary July 8, 2013: ’10 billion’: a strangely unscientific and misanthropic book
  23. ^ Emmott, Stephen. "The first edition of 10 Billion contains a number of small errors and omissions that have been corrected for further editions" (PDF).