Professor Peter Haynes FRS

Peter Haynes uses mathematical models that are suitably simplified representations of the real system to study dynamical, transport and mixing in the atmosphere and ocean. Some of these models provide insight into generic fluid processes such as wave propagation and dissipation, or mixing of chemical species. Others incorporate more realistic physics, such as radiative transfer, or quantitative information from observations and are focused on particular applications. His work has contributed to understanding of the large-scale circulation of the troposphere and stratosphere and its role in determining the distribution of ozone, water vapour and other species that are important to atmospheric chemistry and climate.

Peter was a student at the University of Cambridge, undertook postdoctoral work in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Washington and then returned to Cambridge, where he is Professor of Applied Mathematics and a Fellow of Queens’ College. He was Head of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics for the period 2005-2015. He currently holds a Visiting Professorship at Université Fédérale Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées.

Professional position

  • Professor of Applied Mathematics, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge

Subject groups

  • Mathematics

    Applied mathematics and theoretical physics

  • Earth and environmental sciences

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