Professor Myles Allen

Professor Myles Allen appointed Frank Jackson Foundation Professor of the Environment

Climate physics
Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics

Professor Myles Allen has been appointed Frank Jackson Foundation Professor of the Environment at Gresham College. Gresham College is London’s oldest higher education institution and the college’s ten professors each deliver a series of six lectures a year.

Professor Allen is Professor of Geosystem Science in the School of Geography and the Environment and Department of Physics, University of Oxford, and has been called ‘the physicist behind “Net Zero”’, widely accepted as the benchmark for where the world has to get to on carbon emissions to avoid further global warming. He is leader of the Environmental Change Institute’s Global Climate Research Programme and Director of the Oxford Net Zero Initiative.

Professor Allen will continue the 425-year-old tradition of delivering free lectures aimed at the public within the City of London and beyond. Gresham College live streams lectures online and delivers them to physical audiences in London, with over 8 million views of lectures online last year.  More than 2,500 past lectures are freely available to view on the Gresham College website. The Frank Jackson Foundation has sponsored an Environment Professor since 2014 and Professor Allen will be the third Professor in post.

Professor Allen joins Professor Katherine Blundell, also from the Department of Physics at Oxford who was appointed Gresham Professor of Astronomy in 2019.