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OBE award for long-serving UEA professor

Professor Tim Jickells from the University of East Anglia (UEA) has been awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours list.

Prof Jickells has taught at UEA for over 30 years has been rewarded for services to marine and atmospheric sciences. He is a recognised international expert on the chemistry of the oceans and atmosphere.

He joined the University as a Lecturer in 1985 and was appointed to be a Chair in Environmental Sciences in 1998.

Prior to joining UEA, he worked as a marine chemist for the Clyde River Purification Board in Glasgow and the Bermuda Biological Station in Bermuda. 

Prof Jickells has served the University and academic community with distinction, including as a panel member for two national Research Assessment Exercises in the Earth and Environmental Sciences and also as a Theme Leader for the research council NERC developing new major research programmes .

Recently, he has served as a member of the Scientific Advisory Council for the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural affairs.

In recognition of his sustained contributions to marine science, Professor Jickells was awarded the Challenger Medal in 2006 by the Challenger Society for Marine Science.

He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2012 and a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union in 2016.

Prof Jickells formally retired in 2018 and was made an Emeritus Professor earlier this year, when he was also appointed as a Member of the Broads Authority.

Professor Kevin Hiscock, Professor of Environmental Sciences at UEA, said: “I am thrilled that Professor Jickells has been awarded an OBE.  Not only is Professor Jickells recognised as a leading scientist in the study of nutrient and trace metal chemistry in marine environments, he is also a great supporter of scientific endeavour through his various advisory roles for the UK research community and government departments.

"As a faculty member in the School, Professor Jickells has inspired many students and researchers over the years in the field of Earth System Science. Taken together, Professor Jickells’ recognition in the New Year Honours list is very well deserved.” 

Vice-Chancellor Professor David Richardson said: “I am delighted and immensely proud that the vitally important scientific contributions of one of UEA’s long-standing academics Prof Tim Jickells has been recognised and honoured in this way.

“Tim has taught at UEA for over 30 years and has played a hugely important role in marine and environmental sciences in the international arena.”