The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences will present the 2014 Buys Ballot Medal to British meteorologist Sir Brian Hoskins. A mathematician by training, Hoskins is receiving the medal for his pioneering work on weather systems and large-scale atmospheric motion.
About the laureate
Sir Brian J. Hoskins (born in 1945) has introduced numerous concepts and methods in operational meteorology that are now used worldwide to calculate weather forecasts. Thanks to his efforts, the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading has achieved a leading international position.
Hoskins has already received many awards for his work and is regarded as one of the world's foremost meteorologists. He was knighted in 2007 for his services to the environment.
Sir Brian Hoskins received his PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1970. He has been with the Department of Meteorology at the University of Reading since 1976, first as a Reader in Atmospheric Modelling and since 1981 as Professor of Meteorology. From 2000 to 2010, he was a Royal Society Research Professor. In addition to his professorship at the University of Reading, in 2008 he became the first Director of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College London.