David Drewry

Director Natural Sciences, UK Commission for UNESCO

David Drewry is Vice-Chair and Director Natural Sciences at the UK Commission for UNESCO and Trustee Emeritus of the Natural History Museum in London. He is Honorary Fellow at Emmanuel College, Cambridge University from which he holds a Doctorate in Geophysics and where he was previously Director of the Scott Polar Research Institute. He has honorary professorships at London University and Xiamen University, China. He was previously Director of the British Antarctic Survey, Deputy CEO of the UK Natural Environment Research Council, Director-General of the British Council, a member of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Vice-Chancellor of Hull University. He served as President of the International Arctic Science Committee, Chair of the Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs and Vice-President of the Royal Geographical Society. He has been awarded the Polar Medal, the United States Antarctic Service Medal, the Patron’s Gold Medal of the Royal Geographical Society, the Prix de la Belgica Gold Medal of the Royal Academy of Belgium, and several honorary degrees and awards from British and overseas universities. He has a mountain and a glacier named after him in Antarctica.

David’s latest book: The Land Beneath the Ice: the pioneering years of radar exploration of Antarctica is due to be published by Princeton University Press in January 2023 (USA) and March (UK).

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