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Founder of Centre for Climate Repair at Cambridge and Chair of Climate Crisis Advisory Group (CCAG), University of Cambridge

David King is Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, Founder of the Centre for Climate Repair at Cambridge and Chair of the Climate Crisis Advisory Group (CCAG), an independent group of scientists which advises on climate change and biodiversity. David brings a wealth of experience, having served as the UK's Special Envoy on Climate Change from 2013-2017, and as the UK Government's Chief Scientific Adviser from 2000-2007, during which time he raised awareness of the need for governments to act on climate change and was instrumental in creating the Energy Technologies Institute. David has published over 500 scientific papers, covering policy, climate change, and physical chemistry.

He also served as the Founding Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and Environment at Oxford; was Head of the Department of Chemistry at Cambridge University 1993-2000 and Master of Downing College at Cambridge 1995 -2000.

David has published over 500 papers on science and policy, for which he has received numerous awards, and holds 22 Honorary Degrees from universities around the world. Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1991, a Foreign Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2002 and knighted in 2003, Sir David was also made an Officier of the French Legion d’Honneur’ in 2009, for work which has contributed to responding to the climate and energy challenge.


  • –present
    Founder and Chair, Centre for Climate Repair, University of Cambridge