Hans Joachim Schellnhuber will be taking part in the Nobel Prize Summit’s academic science sessions.
Hans Joachim (“John”) Schellnhuber studied physics and mathematics and completed his doctorate at the University of Regensburg. After a postdoctoral position at the Institute for Theoretical Physics, Santa Barbara, he held professorships at the Universities of Oldenburg and Potsdam, as well as at the University of East Anglia, Norwich. In addition, he held numerous visiting professorships (e.g., University of California, Santa Cruz; Oxford University; and Santa Fe Institute). As the founding Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, he led the institute from 1991 until 2018. From 2001 to 2005, he was also the Research Director at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research in Great Britain. He is a member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, the German National Academy Leopoldina, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the Academia Europaea, and the Academy of Athens. He received, inter alia, the German Environment Prize (2007), the Volvo Environment Prize (2011), and the Blue Planet Prize (2017). In the summer of 2019, he was appointed as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the prestigious Chinese Tsinghua University in Beijing. Until 2020, he was a member of the German Advisory Council on Global Change ever since its establishment in 1992. Queen Elizabeth II named Schellnhuber a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (2004). He was also awarded the Order of Merit of the State of Brandenburg (2008), the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (2011) as well as The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon, of the Japanese Government (2020).