Lord Julian Hunt

Elected Trustee – May 2012


Lord Hunt is a meteorologist with a long-standing career in the worlds of both academia and the commercial application of meteorology worldwide. Former Director-General and Chief Executive of the Meteorological Office, he has held a Professorship at the University of Cambridge, where he still holds honorary positions and is a fellow of Trinity College. He is currently Professor of Climate Modelling in the Department of Earth Sciences at University College London and was made a life peer in 2000.

Lord Hunt is Chairman and founding member of Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants Ltd, which works worldwide on air pollution modelling and forecasting and he has consulted widely on environmental fluid mechanics and pollution.

His work on model assessment and development of computer codes led to his membership of the organising committee for the programme on mathematics of ocean-atmosphere dynamics at the Isaac Newton Institute, Cambridge, in 1996, and Chairmanship, in 1999, of the Scientific Committee of the Programme on Turbulence.

His experimental and theoretical research in magnetohydrodynamics has addressed problems in the technology of thermos-nuclear fusion and in electromagnetic stirring and heating of liquid metals. His studies of turbulent and stratified flows and dispersion modelling have been applied to many problems in environmental fluid dynamics, including building design, siting of wind-energy generators and air pollution.

He is a member of the Ri Nominations Committee.

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