Professor John Burrows FRS

John P. Burrows has contributed to our scientific understanding of air pollution, the ozone layer, the upper atmosphere, biogeochemistry and climate change. He and his co-workers have studied the kinetics and spectroscopy of key atmospheric free radicals and gases, developed innovative in situ trace atmospheric measurement techniques, and pioneered the passive remote sensing of atmospheric constituents and surface parameters. Working closely with DLR, ESA and NASA, he initiated and led scientifically the SCIAMACHY Project, which resulted in the satellite based measurements of the instruments GOME on ESA ERS-2 (1995-2011), SCIAMACHY on ESA Envisat (2002 -2012), GOME-2 on EUMETSAT Metop Series (2006-2022), and the concepts GeoSCIA/GeoTROPE, now developed as EU Copernicus Sentinel 4, and CarbonSat/CarbonSat Constellation.

He is a fellow of AAAS, AGU, IUGG, and NERC:CEH and member of IAA. His research accolades include being awarded the following: COSPAR William Nordberg Medal 2006, NASA Group Achievement Award 2008, JQSRT Milestone Paper Award 2010, Haagen-Smit Prize 2012, EGU Vilhelm Bjerknes Medal 2013, IUGG Silver Medal IUGG 2015, and the Alfred Wegener Medal EGU 2016.

Professional position

  • Fellow, Centre For Ecology and Hydrology, Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
  • , Institutes of Environmental Physics and Remote Sensing, University of Bremen

Subject groups

  • Chemistry

    Chemistry, physical

  • Earth and environmental sciences

    Atmospheric chemistry, Atmospheric physics and meteorology, Chemical oceanography, Climate sciences, Physical oceanography

Professor John Burrows FRS
Elected 2016