Dame Julia Slingo

Chief Scientist in top 100

26 March 2014

Met Office Chief Scientist, Professor Julia Slingo, has been named in the Science Council's list of the UK's top 100 practising scientists.

The Science Council organised the competition around ten different types of scientist roles, identifying people that illustrate a commitment to the practice of science with integrity, and exercise professional skill and judgement in their work. Professor Slingo was named in the Operational Scientist category.

David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science said: "If we want more people to enter a career in science we need to show that the scientific community is not some exclusive club but people with a wide variety of vocations and interests who have rewarding careers and are making a significant contribution to the wealth and well-being of the UK."

Professor Slingo, and Met Office Chief Executive, John Hirst, were also recognised in the 2014 New Year Honours list, furthering endorsement of the Met Office's impact in the UK and abroad.

Awarded an OBE in 2008, Professor Slingo was made a Dame for her contribution to weather and climate science over a career spanning more than 30 years. John Hirst, Chief Executive of the Met Office since 2007, was awarded a CBE for his contribution to national and international weather services to benefit the public.

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