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Sir John Houghton was co-chairman of the Scientific Assessment for the IPCC from 1988-2002. He was previously chairman of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (1992-1998), Chief Executive of the Meteorological Office (1983-1991) and Professor of Atmospheric Physics, University of Oxford (1976-1983). He is currently chairman of the John Ray Initiative, a Trustee of the Shell Foundation and Honorary Scientist at the Hadley Centre.

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