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Roy Harrison

Roy Harrison

Professor Roy Harrison OBE FRS


Elected: 2017




Roy Harrison is an expert on air pollution, specialising in the area of airborne particulate matter, including nanoparticles.  His interests extend from source emissions, through atmospheric chemical and physical transformations, to human exposures and effects upon health.  His most significant work has been in the field of vehicle emitted particles, including their chemical composition and atmospheric processing.  This forms the basis of the current understanding of the relationship of emissions to roadside concentrations and size distributions.

In addition to leading a large project on diesel exhaust particles, he is also engaged in major collaborative studies of processes determining air quality in Beijing and Delhi.

His work has been recognised by award of the John Jeyes Medal and Environment Prize of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Fitzroy Prize of the Royal Meteorological Society.  He has served for many years as a chair and/or member of advisory committees of Defra and the Department of Health.  He was appointed OBE in 2004 for services to environmental science.

Professional positions

, School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Earth and environmental sciences
    • Atmospheric chemistry, Atmospheric physics and meteorology, Geochemistry
  • Other
    • Science policy


aerosol, air pollution, atmospheric dynamics, Biogeochemical cycles, boundary layer, environmental policy, particulate matter, pollution

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