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New episode of Distinguished Voices available to members

31 January 2023

A new interview as part of the Distinguished Voices podcast is now available. Recorded on 14 December 2022, the recording features Prof John Mitchell FRMetS being interviewed by Prof Chris Folland FRMetS.

The interview covers everything from John’s upbringing, his education and then his career with the Met Office, where he played a key role in establishing the Hadley Centre and subsequently becoming Chief Scientist. It also includes his time serving on many national and international scientific committees, being awarded an OBE and receiving the Royal Meteorological Society’s Symonds Gold Medal.

This podcast is the latest in a series that began in the early 1980s when the Royal Meteorological Society History Group started an audio series of interviews with distinguished meteorologists. The collection has grown to over 25 interviews and more than 50 hours of recorded material, all gradually being made available to members as podcasts.

Each interview covers a similar set of questions, although interviewers were encouraged to adapt the questions according to the interviewee’s background and experiences. Questions cover their earlier life, education and training, career, and scientific expertise.

These recorded interviews, conducted for the Royal Meteorological Society, are the property of the Society, and listeners are asked to bear in mind the interviews are a conversation rather than a literal historical record.

RMetS members get full access to these interviews. Log in to the website to reveal the “Listen Now” button on the sidebar of the landing page below.

Distinguished Voices


A list of previous interviews is shown below:


Sir John Mason

Prof R.C. Sutcliffe

Sir Harold and Lady Jeffreys

Professor Hubert H. Lamb

John Sawyer

Dr Frank Pasquill

Dr Richard S. Scorer

Prof. Arnt Eliassen

Dr C.H.B. Priestly

Sir David Bates

Richard Hamilton

R.J. Ogden

Jehuda Neumann

Oliver Ashford

R.P. Pearce

R.A.S. Ratcliffe

Patrick Meade

John R. Monteith

George D. Robinson

Richard Goody

John Swallow

Dr F Kenneth Hare

Prof. Hugh Bunting

R Hide

K.A. Browning

Peter Rowntree