The University has celebrated the centenary of pioneering climate scientist Hubert Lamb, who founded UEA’s Climatic Research Unit.

Hubert Lamb

Beginning on the 7 September, celebrations included talks examining Lamb’s work piecing together climate records for the Middle Ages from documents written at the time.

Climatic Research Unit (CRU) director Professor Phil Jones said: “Hubert Lamb did more than any other scientist of his generation to make the academic community aware of climate change and variability. He was the founding director of CRU back in 1972 – at a time when the study of climate change was still in its infancy.

“At that time very little was known about climate change. Hubert believed the world was gradually cooling – but building on his pioneering work we now know the opposite is true, and that between 1880 and now the world has warmed significantly.”

An exhibition of posters and archive material of Lamb’s work will be on public display at the Forum from 17 – 25 September.