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Lord (Ron) Oxburgh of Liverpool


Geology and Geophysics
Fellow type
Honorary Fellow

Honorary Fellow (former Fellow in Geology and Geophysics 1978-82)


Lord (Ron) Oxburgh of Liverpool was a Fellow of Trinity Hall 1978-82, and is a geologist and geophysicist. He taught geology and geophysics at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. At Cambridge he was head of the Department of Earth Sciences and President of Queens’ College. He has been a visiting professor at Stanford, Caltech and Cornell. From 1988 to 1993, Lord Oxburgh was chief scientific adviser to the Ministry of Defence, and Rector of Imperial College London from 1993–2000. He is known for his work as a public advocate in both academia and the business world in addressing the need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and develop alternative energy sources as well as his negative views on the consequences of current oil consumption.  He was made a KBE in 1992.