Dr Hugh Mortimer
Space Science and Atmospheric Scientist, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
Dr Hugh Mortimer joined the National Space Academy in April 2016.
As a space and atmospheric scientist the purpose of his research is to develop instruments that can tell us information about the atmospheres of planets. This work produces equipment to allow us to investigate, for example, the composition, temperature and pressures of the atmospheres of Earth, the planets in our solar system, and those orbiting stars far far away.
Dr Hugh Mortimer currently directs his own research into the development of a novel spectrometer for the analysis of atmospheric gases, but is also involved in various other international projects including the calibration climate change monitoring instrument; the Sea and Land Surface Temperature Radiometer (SLSTR) based on the satellite Sentinel 3 and the Sea Surface Temperature monitoring instrument, SISTeR which is being operated from the Cunard's, Queen Mary 2.
When asked about his work Dr Mortimer said:
My work is incredibly varied and changes from one day to the next. Typically it will involve practical lab work, computer modelling and data analysis. I have some management responsibilities, and attend national and international meetings and conferences. In addition, I communicate my work to public audiences, including giving presentations to schools, as well as being the science adviser to an international art project called Invisible Dust and the Hollywood blockbuster Prometheus.