Professor Christopher Essex (Chairman)

Christopher Essex is Professor in the Department of Applied Mathematics at The University of Western Ontario. He co-discovered the entropy production paradox, computed the first accurate entropy production rate for the Earth, the first accurate temperature for laser radiation, and pioneered the concept of computational over-stabilization, which has implications for climate models.

Sir Ian Byatt

Ian Byatt is a former Director General of the Office of Water Services for England and Wales, before which he was Deputy Chief Economic Adviser in HM Treasury. From 2005-2011 he was the chairman of the Water Industry Commission for Scotland.

Dr John Constable

John Constable is a British energy analyst and the GWPF’s energy editor. 

Professor Vincent Courtillot

Vincent Courtillot is professor of geophysics at the University of Paris Diderot and Director of the Institut de Physique du Globe in Paris. He is past president of the European Union of Geosciences and currently chairs the scientific council of the City of Paris.

Professor Peter Dobson OBE

Peter Dobson is the former Director of Oxford University’s Begbroke Business and Science Park. He was one of the founders of a Master’s course on Environmental Technology at Imperial College (in the early 80s) and one of the founders of the Energy Society at Oxford University.

Christian Gerondeau

Christian Gerondeau is an expert in transport and energy policy and was in charge of national road safety policy for France and the European Union. He is the chairman of the “Association Francophone des Climato-Optimistes” (AFCO).

Professor Laurence Gould

Laurence (“Larry”) Gould is Professor of Physics at the University of Hartford. He is Past Chair of the New England Section of the American Physical Society and is Chairman of the Executive Board of the International Symmetry Association.

Professor William Happer

William Happer is the Cyrus Fogg Brackett Professor of Physics, Emeritus, at Princeton University. From 1991 to 1993, he served as director of the US Department of Energy’s Office of Science. 

Professor Ole Humlum

Dr Humlum is a former Professor of Physical Geography at the University Centre in Svalbard, Norway, and Emeritus Professor of Physical Geography at the University of Oslo. He is a member of the Norwegian Scientific Academy for Polar Research.

Professor Gautam Kalghatgi

Gautam Kalghatgi is a leading energy engineer with over 40 years’ experience in combustion, engines, fuels and energy research. He has been a Visiting Professor at Oxford University, Imperial College London, Technical University Eindhoven, KTH Stockholm and Sheffield University.

Professor Terence Kealey

Terence Kealey, a medical biochemist, was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham (2001-2014). His latest book is entitled Sex, Science and Profits.

William Kininmonth

William Kininmonth is a former head of Australia’s National Climate Centre and consultant to the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) Climate Division.

Bryan Leyland

Bryan Leyland DistFEngNZ is a power systems engineer with more than 60 years worldwide experience. He has been heavily involved in hydropower and most new renewable energy technologies.

Professor Richard Lindzen

Richard Lindzen is Emeritus Professor of Meteorology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is known for his work on the dynamics of the middle atmosphere, atmospheric tides and ozone photochemistry, and has published more than 200 books and scientific papers.

Professor Ross McKitrick

Ross McKitrick is a Canadian economist specialising in environmental economics and policy analysis. He is a Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Guelph, Ontario. With Stephen McIntyre, he was instrumental in exposing the fatal flaws of the so-called Hockey Stick.

Professor Robert Mendelsohn

Robert Mendelsohn is Professor of Economics at Yale University and one of the world’s leading environmental economists. He has written extensively on the economics of climate change.

Professor Garth Paltridge

Dr Paltridge is an atmospheric physicist and Emeritus Professor at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and was a Chief Research Scientist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). 

Professor Ian Plimer

Ian Plimer is Professor of Mining Geology at the University of Adelaide. He has published 60 academic papers and six books. His latest book, recently published, is entitled Heaven and Earth – Global Warming: The Missing Science.

Professor Gwythian Prins

Dr Gwythian Prins is Emeritus Research Professor at the London School of Economics, where he founded and directed the Mackinder Centre for modern geo-politics. He has researched, published and advised governments on the politics of global warming since the 1980s.

Professor Paul Reiter 

Paul Reiter is Emeritus Professor of Medical Entomology at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, France, and widely respected specialist in the epidemiology and control of mosquito-borne diseases.

Professor Peter Ridd

Peter Ridd was Professor of Physics at James Cook University specialising in geophysics. He published over 100 articles in international journals, many relating to the Great Barrier Reef upon which he worked for over 35 years. 

Dr Matt Ridley

Matt Ridley is one of the world’s foremost science writers. His books have sold over 800,000 copies and been translated into 27 languages. His new book ‘The Rational Optimist’ was published in 2010.

Sir Alan Rudge

Sir Alan Rudge FRS, an electrical engineer, is Chairman of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, Chairman of the ERA Foundation, former Chairman of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council,and a former member of the government Scientific Advisory Committee.

Professor Nir Shaviv

Nir Shaviv is an astrophysicist carrying out research in the fields of astrophysics and climate science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Professor Henrik Svensmark

Henrik Svensmark is an astrophysicist and head of the Center for Sun-Climate Research at Denmark’s National Space Institute, DTU.

Dr David Whitehouse

David Whitehouse, who has a doctorate in astrophysics, was successively BBC Science Correspondent and Science Editor BBC News Online.  He is the author of a number of books on solar system astronomy and the history of astronomy.


Deceased Council Members

Sir Samuel Brittan

Samuel Brittan was one of Britain’s most eminent economic authors and journalists. He was an economic commentator for the Financial Times for more than 50 years where he also served as Assistant Editor.

Viscount Camrose

Adrian Berry (1937-2016) was a former science correspondent of the Daily Telegraph. On stepping down from that position after almost 20 years he was appointed the paper’s consulting editor (science). He was a founding member of the GWPF.

Professor Robert Carter

Bob Carter (1941-2016) was a former Head of Earth Sciences at James Cook University. He was a palaeontologist, stratigrapher, marine geologist and environmental scientist. He was a founding member of the GWPF.

Professor Freeman Dyson

Freeman Dyson FRS (1923-2020), was a world-renowned theoretical physicist and Professor Emeritus at the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton where he held a chair for many years. Freeman Dyson was a founding member of the GWPF.

Professor David Henderson

David Henderson (1927-2018) was a former Head of the Economics and Statistics Department of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris. He was the founding chairman of the GWPF’s Academic Advisory Council.

Professor Tony Kelly

Anthony Kelly FRS (1929-2014) was a metallurgical scientist and a formerly Vice-Chancellor of the University of Surrey. He was a former Founding Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge and a founding member of the GWPF.

Professor Deepak Lal

Deepak Lal (1940-2020) was a British development economist of Indian origin who  held academic posts both at Oxford and at University College London. He was a founding member of the GWPF.

Professor Sir Alan Peacock

Alan Peacock (1922-2014) was Professor of Economics at Edinburgh, York and Buckingham University where he became its first Vice Chancellor. He served at one stage as Chief Economic Adviser of the UK Department of Trade and Industry. He was a founding member of the GWPF.

Professor B P Radhakrishna

Bangalore Puttaiya Radhakrishna (1918-2012), popularly known as BPR, was one of India’s leading geologists, and often referred to as ‘the doyen of Indian geology’. He was a founding member of the GWPF.