Julian Hunt is a meteorologist known for his wide-ranging scientific work on problems involving fluid mechanics and turbulence. His research modelling wind flow around obstacles and examining the dispersion of pollutants, in particular, has had significant practical applications.
From 1992 to 1997, Julian served as Director General and Chief Executive of the Met Office, in the capacity of which he encouraged the commercial application of meteorological research and worked to improve the sharing of climate data between countries. As co-founder and chair of Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants, he has also been responsible for the production of climate-modelling software that is widely used today.
An internationally respected climate scientist, Julian holds Visiting Professorships at universities on both sides of the Atlantic and has won many of the highest accolades in his field. After his investiture as a companion of the Order of the Bath in 1998, he was created Baron Hunt of Chesterton in 2000.