Timothy Osborn

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Timothy Osborn
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Osborn in 2016
Alma mater University of East Anglia
Known forDirector, Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia [1]
AwardsHugh Robert Mill Prize (2002)
Scientific career
Fields Climatology
Institutions University of East Anglia
Thesis Internally-generated variability in some ocean models on decadal to millennial timescales  (1995)
Doctoral advisor Tom Wigley [1]
Website Professor Timothy Osborn

Timothy John Osborn is a climatologist and Professor of Climate Science at the University of East Anglia. [2] In January 2017 he replaced Phil Jones as the Research Director of the Climatic Research Unit. [1]

Osborn graduated with a first-class degree in Geophysical Sciences from the University of East Anglia in 1990, and a PhD from the School of Environmental Sciences in 1995. He was awarded the Hugh Robert Mill Prize by the Royal Meteorological Society in 2002. [3] He was a Lead Author of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report [4] and a Review Editor of the Sixth Assessment Report. [5]

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