Friday, 12 February 2010

Local scientist under pressure to resign

Professor Geoffrey Boulton is an eminent scientist who is General Secretary of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He is a local resident in the ward and was headhunted by Sir Muir Russell, the former Permanent Secretary of the Scottish Office who was appointed by the University of East Anglia to head an enquiry. Sir Muir's appointment was to conduct an independent Review into the conduct of Professor Phil Jones and other scientists at the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia (the emails affair which has been dubbed Climategate). Professor Boulton was one of 5 eminent experts selected by Sir Muir to assist with that Review. So far so good.

On Thursday, Sir Muir held a press conference to kick off the review and introduce those selected to assist. He underlined that it was an independent Review and that the members of the research team did not 'have a predetermined view on climate change and climate science'.

Later the same day one of the selected members of the Review was forced to resign when it was shown he had already made a defence of the CRU team under investigation.

Now pressure is building up on Professor Boulton to resign for similar reasons. His public position on climate change issues is said to be at odds with the statements by Sir Muir Russell. A list of concerns about his independence can be found in this post on the Bishop Hill blog which also identified the information leading to the earlier resignation.

Another member of the Review team Professor Peter Clarke is also a local resident.

Update 13.2.10: The Scotsman has developed this story here. Further comments from an influential blog can be found here, here and here.
Correction 15.2.10: Professor Peter Clarke is Professor of Physics at the University of Edinburgh. The Department web page shows him as having an office at the King's Buildings which is within the ward. It is not known where he is resident.


Bishop Hill said...

By strange coincidence, I used to live in the ward too.

Cameron Rose said...

See minor correction added to article.

Anonymous said...

nice to see your comment on climate, as this shows your willingness to look at both sides of the debate/debacle, we really need an impartial (scientific & political) review of this to get at the truth.

no hype, no agenda, no railroading, no flat earther/denier/alarmist labels, just the facts with 'maybe we don't know enough yet' where appropriate.

see 'bishop' has commented first, so you now have 2 good blogs to start with for rational discussion on all this.

ps. i'm Lothian region

Cameron Rose said...


Thanks for your comment. The backstory is complex. Indeed, Bishop Hill has a very revealing blog and his book, 'The Hockey Stick Illusion' is an excellent survey of a key part of the evidence.

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