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An astronomer in Antarctica

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Jonathan Shanklin joined the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge in 1976, after graduating from Cambridge University with a BA in Natural Sciences and a PGCE in teaching physics. He retired at the end of March 2012 as head of its Meteorology and Ozone Monitoring Unit and is now an emeritus fellow at BAS . During his time with BAS he made 19 visits to the Antarctic, either to install new equipment, calibrate existing equipment or to make tours of inspection. He was an author of the paper that announced the discovery of what is now known as the Antarctic ozone hole, and the team were jointly awarded the Institute of Physics Charles Chree medal in 2000. He was invested with the Polar Medal by Her Majesty in 2005. He was a chair of the WMO Group on Antarctic Meteorology. At BAS and its parent organisation the NERC , he was the Trades Union vice-chair for Health & Safety.

His other interests are wide ranging: for sports he plays cricket in the summer and ice hockey in the winter, the latter albeit only occasionally these days. He is tower captain at St Benet’s church in Cambridge, which involves leading the bell-ringers in the English style of bell-ringing. He is a Council Member of the Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland and as well as botany has a particular interest in liverworts. He is a vice-president of the Cambridge Natural History Society. He is Director of the Comet Section of the two leading national UK amateur astronomical societies.

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