John Houghton (1931-), atmospheric physicist, carried out research into radiometers for ‘sounding’ of the upper atmosphere from aircraft and NASA satellites at the Royal Aircraft Establishment and University of Oxford, where he was professor of atmospheric physics between 1976 and 1983. He directed the Appleton Laboratory, overseeing its merger with the Rutherford Laboratory before serving as Director General of theUK Meteorological Office between 1983 and 1991. As chair of the Scientific Assessment Working Group of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change he played a key role in writing the reports that led to the award of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He has published a number of books on the subject of science and faith and lectured widely on the topic.
- Birth name: John Houghton
- Born: 1931 Dyserth, Wales, UK
- Occupation: Atmospheric scientist
- Disciplines: Atmospheric Science, Climate Change Science
- Education: Jesus College, University of Oxford