Tag Archives: royal society

Paul Nurse and his Extra-Special Big Boy Pants

As a change from my Briffa reconsideration, I was intrigued by the recent correspondence between Nigel Lawson and Paul Nurse, President of the Royal Society, discussed from time to time at Bishop Hill, most recently here.

Boulton’s Nature Editorial

Geoffrey Boulton, who did an execrable job on the Muir Russell “inquiry”, has written a good editorial in Nature here reporting on the recent Royal Society report that he chaired. There have been a number of reports over the years, urging improved data archiving, and yet the problems persist. Boulton’s report is merely one more. […]

Royal Society Report on Data Sharing

Although Geoffrey Boulton was the lead author, the Royal Society report on data sharing published today was surprisingly even handed. (h/t Bishop Hill.) Climate Audit and McIntyre S receive a cameo mention on page 40: At the other extreme, there is a small, but increasingly numerous body of engaged “citizen scientists” that wish to dig […]

Andrew Montford on the Transformation of the Royal Society

Andrew Montford’s lucid account of the transformation of the UK Royal Society (here) starts with the 1753 “advertisement” to their journal, Philosophical Transactions: …it is an established rule of the Society, to which they will always adhere, never to give their opinion as a Body upon any subject either of Nature or Art, that comes […]

Who Recommended Oxburgh?

Who recommended Oxburgh to chair the Science Appraisal Panel? Who indeed? In their press statement announcing the “Science” Appraisal Panel, the University of East Anglia stated: His [Oxburgh’s] appointment has been made on the recommendation of the Royal Society, which has also been consulted on the choice of the six distinguished scientists who have been […]