Weaver selected as Lansdowne Chair – April, 2012
Andrew Weaver (SEOS) was selected from an impressive pool of candidates by the Faculty of Science to hold the Lansdowne Professorship for a 5-year term. The previous and very first Lansdowne professorship was held by Chris Garrett also from SEOS who set the bar for outstanding research excellence. The terms of reference for this distinction are based on research excellence and impact as demonstrated by the nominee’s CV, a departmental letter of recommendation and external arms-length referee reports.
Andrew Weaver is a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair and one of the world’s leading researchers in climate and ocean dynamics and arguably the top mathematical paleoclimatologist in the world. He is regarded as Canada’s leading expert in climate change and has achieved great distinction for his scholarly contributions. He was a lead author in the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2nd, 3rd and 4th scientific assessments, and is also a lead author in the ongoing 5th scientific assessment.
Over the years he has received numerous academic awards, fellowships and accolades. As a lead author for the UN IPCC, Andrew shared in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize received by former US Vice President Al Gore. In 2008, Andrew received the Order of British Columbia in recognition as one of the world’s leading authorities on global warming and climate change.
Andrew is also recognized as an exceptional classroom teacher and communicator through numerous lectures and his connections with the media and the community. Andrew’s exceptional commitment to make science accessible is demonstrated in his two books: Keeping our Cool and Generation Us: The Challenge of Global Warming. Both books provide an accessible account of climate change and how the public can be part of the solution.
A Lansdowne Professorship is meant to represent the best that an academic in the Faculty of Science can be. In this regard Andrew Weaver is a most worthy recipient of this distinction.