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University of East Anglia climatologist Prof Phil Jones to receive honorary degree

The Times

Thu, 15 Nov 2012

Prof Phil Jones, director of research at the University of East Anglia's (UEA) Climatic Research Unit, will receive an honorary doctorate today from Rovira i Virgili University (URV) in Spain.

Such prestigious awards are made to those who have made a remarkable contribution in their field of research.

Prof Jones is renowned in the science community for his work on hemispheric and global surface temperatures. He is one of the most cited researchers in geosciences.

The honorary doctorate recognises his pioneering work to document global warming - particularly by developing the Global Temperature Record which combines land and marine temperature data and demonstrates that the globe has warmed since 1850.

Only 26 people have previously been awarded a Doctorate Honoris Causa by URV.

He said: "I am absolutely delighted that my contribution to climate science has been recognised by such a prestigious institution. Receiving this honorary doctorate from URV very much underlines the global importance of climate change research."

Prof Jones holds a BA in Environmental Sciences from the University of Lancaster, and an MSc and PhD from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He has spent his career with UEA's Climatic Research Unit (CRU).

He has been a fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society since 1992, a fellow of the American Meteorological Society since 2006, and a fellow of the American Geophysical Union since 2009.

In 2002 the Royal Meteorological Society awarded him with its International Journal of Climatology prize.

In 2009 Prof Jones became the subject of intense media interest when thousands of private emails were hacked from a CRU server and posted online. He was cleared by a series of independent inquiries and in 2010 named as one of the most important figures in British science by The Times in its Eureka 100 list.