Gideon Henderson honoured by Royal Society

07 May 2013

Oxford Martin School Expert, Professor Gideon Henderson, has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Professor of Earth Sciences at the University of Oxford, Gideon was Co-Director of the 21st Century Ocean Institute, a member of the Oxford Martin School from 2008-2012. His research focuses on understanding long-term climate change and the carbon cycle in order to improve prediction of future change. He has developed new techniques for determining the timescales, magnitude and effects of past global climate change. In the oceans, his research focuses on understanding the complex system of feedbacks that controls the changing carbon cycle.

Gideon is also an Associate of the Oxford Geoengineering Programme, having helped to found the programme with the Oxford Martin School in 2010.

Gideon commented: "I am delighted and honoured to be elected a fellow of the Royal Society. It is incredible to be following in the footsteps of so many great scientists of the last 350 years. In some ways, this award also recognises the importance of studying past climates to understand the carbon cycle and the workings of the climate system."

Professor Henderson’s Fellowship was announced by The Royal Society on 2 May. Royal Society Fellows are elected for life through a peer review process on the basis of excellence in science. Current Fellows include Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Richard Dawkins, Stephen Hawking, Harry Kroto, Tim Berners-Lee, Paul Nurse and John Sulston.