The Earl of Selborne GBE DL FRS
John Palmer, the fourth Earl of Selborne, dedicates much of his time to championing the cause of environmental and agricultural issues. A noted ecological expert, John is personally engaged in agriculture through his farm in Hampshire. He has provided leadership to learned societies concerned with the environment and nature, and has helped to shape related public policy.
From 1997–2000, he was President of the Royal Geographical Society, and from 2003–2009 he chaired the board of trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. John has also guided the work of numerous other ecology-themed commissions, committees and boards.
Since entering the House of Lords in 1971, John has served frequently on the Science and Technology Committee and contributed broadly to debates surrounding government policy on science and technology in the United Kingdom. He was appointed to KBE in 1987, and subsequently GBE in 2011, for his services to science.
Chairman, Science and Technology Select Committee, House of Lords
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