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Tim Palmer

Tim Palmer

Professor Tim Palmer CBE FRS


Elected: 2003


Tim Palmer is an internationally renowned meteorologist with a particular interest in the predictability and dynamics of the weather and climate. Tim’s work has led to the development of probabilistic techniques to forecast weather and climate, and he has applied this to disease and crop yield prediction and more. His techniques have been implemented by the Met Office and the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, amongst others

Tim’s work is theoretical as well as practical. His recent research exploits ideas in imprecise computing to develop computer simulations of weather and climate at very high resolution. His opinion is highly regarded at an international level through serving on multiple government advisory committees and contributing to all reports conducted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

He was appointed as CBE in the 2015 New Year’s Honours list for services to science. Tim has won numerous awards from organisations such as the American Meteorological Society and the Institute of Physics. Remarkably, he also retains an active interest in his original doctorate topic, fundamental physics.

Professional positions

Royal Society Research Professor, Jesus College, University of Oxford
Professorial Fellow, Jesus College, University of Oxford
Director , Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford
Inaugural Fellow, European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Astronomy and physics
    • Gravitation, Computational physics, Quantum theory
  • Earth and environmental sciences
    • Atmospheric physics and meteorology, Climate sciences, Physical oceanography


Dynamics and predictability of weather and climate, Ensemble forecasting, Inexact computing, Probabilistic prediction of weather and climate, Foundations of quantum theory


  • Royal Society Esso Energy Award

    For their development and introduction of a global weather forecasting model that provided accurate forecasts of wind and temperature for the civil aviation industry by which aircraft routes were selected, making maximum use of prevailing winds, resulting

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