Leeds academics awarded prestigious Fellowship

Two academics at the University of Leeds have been elected as Fellows of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).

Professor Ken Carslaw and Professor Piers Forster received the honours this week in recognition of their visionary leadership, scientific excellence, and exceptional research contributions to their respective fields.

The AGU is an international scientific association dedicated to advancing Earth and space science for the benefit of humanity. Its membership numbers tens of thousands, spanning over one hundred countries.

Only 0.1% of AGU membership receives recognition through a Fellowship in any given year.

Ken Carslaw is a professor in the Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science. His research improves our understanding of atmospheric aerosol particles and the effects they have on climate.

Piers Forster is a professor of climate physics and Director of the Priestley International Centre for Climate. He has played significant roles in authoring Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports, as well as the recent pivotal Net Zero report from the UK Committee on Climate Change.

On the announcement of his Fellowship, he said: “It’s great to be receiving this honour, and getting it at the same time as Ken is the icing on the cake.”

He went on to add: “The recognition is based mostly on publication record. Nearly all my papers have been collaborative efforts, working with esteemed colleagues from around the world, and with some exceptional PhD students and postdocs. As such, I owe a huge debt of thanks to these colleagues and friends.”

A celebration to honour the 2019 Fellows will be held at the AGU Fall Meeting in December 2019.

Read more about the AGU honours.