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Professor of Atmospheric Science, University of Reading

Dr Paul Williams is Professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Reading, UK. Educated in physics to PhD level at Oxford, he specialises in atmospheric turbulence, jet streams, numerical modelling, and climate change, with a focus on weather-sensitive applications including aviation.

Paul has published two books and over 70 scientific papers in leading journals, including Nature. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and the Royal Meteorological Society. He is a consultant to Guinness World Records on extreme atmospheric events. He is also an award-winning science communicator, regularly giving public lectures and appearing in the media. He is a frequent expert commentator for major broadcasting networks including the BBC, CNN, The Discovery Channel, and The Weather Channel, and he has been quoted on the front page of the New York Times.


  • 2017–present
    Professor of Atmospheric Science, University of Reading


  • 2003 
    University of Oxford, DPhil in Atmospheric Physics
  • 1999 
    University of Oxford, MPhys in Physics