Department of Meteorology PhD family tree
Since the Department of Meteorology was established at the University in 1965 under the leadership of Professor Reginald Sutcliffe, it has grown to become one of the largest centres in the world for research and teaching in atmospheric science and related environmental sciences. Doctoral research students are central to our research groups. Often a PhD is described as an apprenticeship in research; we take pride in the fact that many PhD students graduating from the Department have become leaders in science in academia, industry and the public sector across the world. As the Department has grown so has the number of PhD students. Our PhD Family Tree traces every PhD student in the Department (updated for our 50th anniversary) to their lead supervisor and then back to their supervisor's supervisor and so on.
Take a look at the PhD Family Tree. You will discover that many of our students have "common ancestry" in terms of PhD supervision. This is because the Department was established when the number of people in atmospheric science worldwide was small. Our ancestors stem primarily from mainstream physics and include J.J. Thomson, famous for the discovery of the electron, and several of his PhD students including G.I. Taylor, known for his early work on turbulent motions and the effects of rotation in fluids. Another branch can be traced back to Eric Eady, renowned for his theoretical explanation of baroclinic instability, describing the emergence of cyclones and anticyclones in the mid-latitudes. Eady was working at Imperial College London immediately following the Second World War at the time when theoretical meteorology was making rapid advances, prior to the first numerical weather prediction experiments in the 1950s.
The "PhD family tree" of the Department of Meteorology was created by Professor John Methven as part of the meeting held in June 2015 to celebrate Professor Sir Brian Hoskins contributions to meteorology and his 70th birthday.