John Woods (1939), oceanographer and physicist, has made significant contributions to the study of ocean weather, including the development of mathematical models of the upper ocean, as well as carrying out research in plankton ecology and most recently modelling the logistics of container transport. After studying at Imperial College, where he also carried out work for the Royal Navy, hespent six years at the Meteorological Office before holding posts at the Universities of Southampton and later Kiel. As Director of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at the Natural Environment Research Council (1989-1994) he was successful in securing enhanced funding for British oceanography. In 1994 he returned to Imperial College, where he held a number of senior roles before retiring in 2006. Much of his research has involved international collaboration and he was a lead author on the first report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which was jointly awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.