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Professor Paul Hardaker, IOP Chief Executive Officer

Paul, FInstP FRMetS CMet, is also a board member of Sense about Science, a charity that campaigns for better reporting of science in the media, and is visiting professor at the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, University of Reading.


Professor Paul Hardaker

Paul’s first degree is in mathematics and his PhD is in theoretical physics, specifically electromagnetic scattering and polarimetry.

His early research work focused on modelling and instrument studies in radio propagation, working with organisations such as British Telecom, the European Space Agency and the Rutherford-Appleton Labs. He later moved to the Met Office where he spent 14 years in a variety of roles including heading up an international consultancy on hydrometeorology, and the Remote Sensing and Observations Branches. He then became programme director for the Met Office's Development Programmes and latterly the Met Office’s chief advisor to Government, providing support to the Government in areas such as climate change policy and the civil contingency programme.

Following his time at the Met Office, and before taking over at the Institute of Physics in September 2012, Paul was the chief executive of the Royal Meteorological Society (the Learned and Professional Society for weather and climate). Whilst in that role he was a member of the board of the Society for the Environment, the Science Steering Group for the UK’s Joint Weather and Climate Research Programme, and the Advisory Board for e-Research South. Paul was also deputy chair of Berkshire West NHS Primary Care Trust.

Paul is currently the head of delegation for the UK and Ireland to the International Union on Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP). He has also led the UK delegation to several UN and EU technical committees on meteorology, he has been a member of the Physics Advisor Panel at the University of Wales, one of the Government’s Science and Society Champions, chairman of one of the UK’s national e-Science projects, and the founding editor of the international journal Atmospheric Science Letters (ASL). Paul also holds an honorary degree from the University of York.