Professor Stephen Mobbs, director of the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS), and Professor of atmospheric dynamics at the University of Leeds has been awarded an MBE for services to atmospheric sciences.

Stephen Mobbs is a physicist and applied mathematician who has made important scientific contributions in the field of meteorology. Through his inspirational leadership at NCAS and at the University of Leeds, Professor Mobbs has been a major player in elevating UK atmospheric science to become an internationally-respected academic community.

Professor Mobbs led the development of the Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurement (FAAM), which provides a national airborne platform for experimental atmospheric research and UK emergency capability. Following the 2010 Eyjafjallajokull volcanic eruption, Professor Mobbs deployed the FAAM aircraft, demonstrating dust concentrations to be far smaller than feared, leading to the early reopening of UK airspace to civilian flights. 

On being recognised in the Queen’s New Year Honours list 2019, he said: "I am delighted to be awarded an MBE, which recognises my work on behalf of NCAS and the Natural Environment Research Council.  

“I have been fortunate to have the support of a tremendous team of staff in NCAS; collectively we have established NCAS as an internationally recognised research organisation in atmospheric science."

Read more about Professor Mobbs’ research and achievements.