Royal Society President pays tribute to James Lovelock CH CBE FRS

08 June 2022

Paying tribute to James Lovelock FRS, Sir Adrian Smith, President of the Royal Society, said:

“James Lovelock was an extraordinary man and an outstanding scientist. Celebrated for his work on ecological systems, he also made pioneering contributions in fields as disparate as the transmission of respiratory infections, new methods for monitoring pollution, and the freezing, and preserving, of organic matter.

“It was his work on the Gaia hypothesis, and the passionate and intelligent way he communicated this complex work to a wider audience, that he is best known for. He remained a passionate advocate for action to address climate change and biodiversity loss throughout his life.

“On behalf of the Fellowship of the Royal Society, I offer my condolences to his family and loved ones.”