The talk will review the evidence for human-induced climate
change, the current status of the planet, and options for the
Professor Chris Rapley CBE is Director of the Science Museum. This
follows a decade as Director of the British Antarctic Survey, and
four years as Executive Director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere
Programme (IGBP) at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in
Stockholm. Prior to that, Chris spent an extended period as
Professor of Remote Sensing Science at University College London. He
has a first degree in Physics from Oxford, an M.Sc. in
Radioastronomy from Manchester University, a Ph.D. in X-ray
astronomy from University College London, and has recently been
awarded an honorary D.Sc. from the University of Bristol.
He and a US colleague were the driving force behind
the International Polar Year 2007-2008.
He is a Fellow of St Edmund’s College Cambridge, a
Fellow of University College London, and an Honorary Professor at
the University of East Anglia. His interests are in climate change
and earth system science, as well as a more general interest in the
organisation, leadership and communication of science.
Chris was awarded the 2008 Edinburgh Science Medal
for having made ‘a significant contribution to the understanding and
wellbeing of humanity’.