You are here

Professor Richard Horne FRAS

Individual Merit Scientist at the British Antarctic Survey and Honorary Professor at the University of Sheffield

Professor Richard Horne (BSc MA(Cantab) DPhil) is an individual merit scientist (IMP band 2), Head of Space Weather and Atmosphere and a member of the Executive Team at the British Antarctic Survey.  He is also honorary Professor at the University of Sheffield.  Between 2000-2010 Richard led two large research programmes at the British Antarctic Survey and went on to lead two European Framework 7 Projects on space weather called SPACECAST (2011-2014) and SPACESTORM (2014-2017).  He currently leads research projects to study how energetic particles affect the Earth’s atmosphere and influence climate, on particle acceleration processes at the Earth, Jupiter and Saturn, and to forecast space weather in order to protect satellites.

Richard has a special interest in wave-particle interactions, planetary radiation belts and space weather.  In 2005 he won achievement awards from NASA and ESA for his research showing that electron acceleration by very low frequency waves is a major process for forming the Earth’s Van Allen radiation belts, and in 2014 won a Lloyds Science of Risk prize for forecasting risk to satellites.

Richard has published over 200 research papers in peer reviewed Journals.  He is a member of the Space Environment Impacts Expert Group that advises the Government on space weather, Fellow and former Vice President of the Royal Astronomical Society, Fellow of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI) and Fellow of the American Geophysical Union.  He enjoys chocolate and current affairs, especially Brexit.