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Philip Campbell (scientist)

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Nationality  United Kingdom
Name  Philip Campbell
Role  Scientist

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Born  Philip Henry Montgomery Campbell 19 April 1951 (age 64) (1951-04-19)
Institutions  Nature Publishing Group Queen Mary, University of London University of Bristol University of Leicester Shrewsbury School Rockefeller University Cancer Research UK
Alma mater  University of Bristol (BSc) University of Leicester (PhD)
Thesis  The influence of the ionosphere on low frequency radio wave propagation (1979)
Known for  Editor-in-Chief of Nature
Notable awards  FInstP (1995) Honorary Professor Peking Union Medical College (2009) Honorary D.Sc, Leicester (1999) Honorary D.Sc Bristol (2008)
Education  University of Leicester, University of Bristol
Fields  Physics, Aerospace Engineering

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Sir Philip Henry Montgomery Campbell, FInstP FRAeS (born 19 April 1951) is a British astrophysicist and academic. He is the editor-in-chief of the peer reviewed scientific journal Nature, part of Nature Publishing Group and Springer Nature.


Early life and education

Campbell was born on 19 April 1951 and educated at Shrewsbury School. He went on to study aeronautical engineering at the University of Bristol, graduating with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in 1972. He then gained a Master of Science (MSc) in astrophysics at Queen Mary, University of London before doing his PhD in upper atmospheric physics at the University of Leicester supervised by Tudor Jones while working at the Royal Aircraft Establishment. His doctoral and postdoctoral research was on the physics of the ionized upper atmosphere and effects on radio propagation, using the latter as a probe of the lower ionosphere.


Campbell began working at Nature in 1979 and was appointed physical sciences editor in 1982. After leaving the journal in 1988 to start the publication Physics World, the membership magazine of the Institute of Physics, he returned to Nature as Editor-in-Chief in 1995, succeeding John Maddox. He heads a team of about 90 editorial staff around the world. He takes direct editorial responsibility for the content of Nature's editorials, writing some of them. He is the seventh editor-in-chief since the journal was launched in 1869. He is also editor-in-chief of Nature publications. In that role he is responsible for ensuring that the quality and integrity appropriate to the Nature name are maintained, for overseeing editorial policies, and for ensuring that appropriate individuals are appointed as chief editors of Nature journals.

Other work

Campbell has worked on issues relating to science and its impacts in society with the Office of Science and Innovation in the UK, the European Commission and the U.S. National Institutes of Health. For ten years until 2012, he was a trustee of the charity Cancer Research UK and the chairman of the charity's Public Policy Advisory Group. He was a visiting scholar at Rockefeller University in spring 2008.

Campbell was appointed a member of an independent panel established in February 2010 by the University of East Anglia to investigate the controversy surrounding the publication of emails sent by staff at the university's Climatic Research Unit (CRU). Due to publicity about a 2009 interview with Chinese State Radio during which he expressed support for the CRU scientists, he resigned just hours after the panel was launched.

Campbell is chair of the board of trustees of the research-funding charity MQ: Transforming mental health. He is a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Mental Health.

Awards and honours

Campbell is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (FRAeS, elected in 1979) and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics (FInstP, elected in 1995). In 1999 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree by the University of Leicester, an honorary Doctor of Science by the University of Bristol in 2008, and an honorary fellowship of Queen Mary, University of London, in 2009. He was also elected a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge.

In the 2015 Birthday Honours, he was appointed a Knight Bachelor 'for services to Science', and therefore granted the title 'Sir'. He has been an Honorary Professor Peking Union Medical College since 2009.

Personal life

In January 2010 he was a guest on Private Passions, the biographical music discussion programme on BBC Radio 3. He married the American academic Charis Thompson in 2014.


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