Elected: 2019
Discipline: Earth Sciences and Chemistry
Professor Peter Nienow FRSE

Professor of Glaciology, University of Edinburgh.

Professor Peter Nienow’s research investigates how glaciers and ice sheets behave in order to understand how they will contribute to sea level and water resources in our warming world. He has undertaken extended periods of fieldwork in Greenland, the Canadian High Artic and Alps. This work has helped calibrate the European Space Agency’s CryoSat-2 satellite which is currently measuring the changing elevation of the world’s ice masses. He was awarded the Polar Medal by the Queen in 2018 in recognition of this research in the Arctic. Peter plays hockey, completed the Munros in 2010 and he and his partner have three daughters.