Sir John Houghton: Nobel Prize winner, friend, brother

We lost a hero this week. Sir John Houghton, 88 years old, passed away in a Care facility near his home in Wales UK on 15 April. Known to the world as the head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s scientific assessment group and lead editor of the first three highly influential IPCC reports, he was a strong evangelical Christian, a passionate advocate for bringing faith and science into the same room, and he was a brother and friend to many of us who are working to bring his work to the attention of the church community.

We will have more say about Sir John in our June Pollinator, but for the time being, here is a list of some of the main tributes to his life and character:

John T. Houghton Wikipedia


John Ray Initiative (Sir John was one of the founders)

Hannah Malcolm, Sir John’s granddaughter, wrote a moving tribute on Twitter. An easy to read version for non-Twitter users is HERE

Church Times

Francisco Martín León writes in Muere Sir John Houghton, climatólogo y editor fundador del IPCC (in Spanish)

The Weather Channel

Rev Dr Jim Ball: Sir John- a View from the States

Powys County Times

BBC News (17:51 16 Apr)– mostly quotes Hannah Malcolm’s tweets (see above)

Jesus College, Oxford