Mark Maslin

Mark Maslin was made a patron of Humanists UK for their contribution to the greater public understanding of science.

Climate change professor and writer

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Mark Maslin FRGS, FRSA is a leading scientist with particular interest in understanding climate change and the major challenges facing humanity in the 21st century. He is a Professor of Earth System Science at UCL and the Natural History Museum of Denmark. He is also Strategy Advisor to Lansons, Net Zero Now, Sheep Included Ltd, a CSR Board member of Sopra Steria and a member of the Climate Crisis Advisory Group that is led by Sir David King.

He has published over 190 papers in journals such as Science, Nature, and The Lancet and has written 10 books and 100 popular articles in publications including New Scientist, Independent, Guardian, Telegraph, New York Times, and The Conversation. He regularly appears on radio and television, including BBC One David Attenborough’s Climate Change: the facts. His books include Climate Change: A Very Short Introduction (2021), The Cradle of Humanity (2019), The Human Planet with Simon Lewis (2018), and his latest book How to Save Our Planet: the Facts (2021). 

He has received research, consultancy, and training funding worth over £75m from government, charities, NGOs and the private sector. He was the only climatologist on the original 2009 The Lancet report on climate change and global health, and is a co-author on the annual Lancet Countdown reports that started in 2015.  

Mark was made a Royal Society Industrial Fellow in 2012 and was granted a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Scholarship in 2011 for his work on early Human Evolution in East Africa. Mark is also the UNFCCC designated point of contact and UCL lead at COP26, COP27, and soon at COP28. He was recently named the Number 1 Global Sustainability thought leader and influencer of 2023.