Chris Rapley (1947-), physicist and climate scientist, began his career in X-Ray astronomy at UCL’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory, where he developed the bent crystal spectrometer used on the NASA Solar Maximum Mission to examine solar flares. Subsequent work, involving satellites pointed at the Earth rather than at space, led to Directorship of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (1994-1998) and thedevelopment of research in ‘Earth-system’ science and climate change. These research interests are reflected in his achievements as Director of the British Antarctic Survey (1998-2007) and of the Science Museum (2007-2011). He is currently Professor of Climate Science at UCL.
- Birth name: Chris Rapley
- Born: 1947 Staffordshire, UK
- Occupation: Climate scientist
- Disciplines: Climate Change Science, Space Science and Engineering
- Education: Jesus College, University of Oxford; University of Manchester; University College, London