Experts' profiles - Jonathan Shanklin
Jonathan Shanklin
Jonathan Shanklin is a meteorologist with the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Together with Joe Farman, Brian G.Gardiner, he discovered the Ozone. He had studied natural sciences at Cambridge University, specializing in physics at the Cavendish Laboratory, and had little knowledge of atmospheric processes when he joined the Survey. He had therefore no expectation of how ozone was supposed to behave, but had a good scientific education.
He was born in Wrexham, North Wales and educated at King's School, Chester and Magdalene College, Cambridge. He has been employed by the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) since 1977 and he is the head of the Meteorological and Ozone Monitoring Unit. In the early 1980s he discovered what is now known as the Antarctic ozone hole. This discovery was published in Nature in 1985. He is responsible for running the operational side of the BAS meteorological observing program. This work includes purchasing, testing and installing new equipment, writing computer software, recruiting Antarctic scientists, training staff, analyzing data, solving problems, writing papers and giving public lectures. He is the UK representative on the WMO panel of experts on Polar Observations, Research and Services and serves on several other national and international committees. He is a Union Safety Representative and as such he is vice-chair of the NERC H&S Committee.
He received a Blue Peter Badge for the ozone hole discovery. Other awards include the Society of Chemical Industry Environment Medal and the Institute of Physics Charles Chree Medal and Prize. In 2005 he was awarded the Polar Medal for his work in the Antarctic and received the medal from Her Majesty in May 2006.
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