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John Browne

John Browne

The Lord Browne of Madingley FREng FRS


Elected: 2006




John Browne is a scientist and business leader. He was the Chief Executive of BP from 1995 to 2007 and was one of the first senior figures in the oil and gas industry to accept the scientific arguments for anthropogenic climate change. His application of scientific principles at one of the UK’s largest companies helped shape the climate debate within the energy industry and improved the lives of many people across the world.

Long a supporter of British science and engineering, John has served as President of the British Science Association and as President of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

He holds honorary doctorates from 19 universities and is an Honorary Fellow of St John’s College, Cambridge. He was knighted in 1998 and was made a life peer in 2001. He is the author of the memoir Beyond Business; popular science book Seven Elements that Have Changed the World; The Glass Closet, a book on why LGBT inclusion is good for business; and Connect, a which discusses how companies succeed by engaging closely with society.

Professional positions

Fellow and Former President, Royal Academy of Engineering
Chairman, The Courtauld Institute of Art
Chairman of Trustees, Queen Elizabeth Prize Foundation
Chairman, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford
Chairman, Huawei Technologies (UK)
Chairman of Trustees, Tate

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Engineering
    • Engineering, environmental, Engineering, general
  • Other
    • Public understanding of science, Science policy


Environmental engineering, Engineering 

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