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John Mason

John Mason

Sir John Mason CB FRS


Elected: 1965


John Mason developed a school of the physics of clouds which enjoys a world-wide reputation for originality. His investigations were distinguished by great experimental skill and uncommon insight in their interpretation. He put forward evidence of a new, and probably the final, solution of the problem of the electrification of thunderclouds.

Sir John Mason CB FRS died on 6 January 2015.

Biographical Memoir

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Earth and environmental sciences
    • Atmospheric physics and meteorology
  • Other
    • Science policy


  • Royal Medals

    in recognition of his distinguished research on cloud physics and, as Director-General of the Meteorological Office, his broadening and strengthening of research in meteorology in the UK.

  • Rutherford Memorial Lecture

    Given in Canada.

  • Bakerian Medal and Lecture

    On 'The physics of the thunderstorm'.

  • Rumford Medal

    In recognition of his distinguished contributions to meteorology, particularly the physics of clouds.

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