Royal Society Fellowships
By Paul Homewood
We saw the other day that Dr Paul Williams, of airline turbulence fame, was the recipient of a Royal Society Fellowship worth £739K.
It won’t come as any surprise to learn that there are many other climate scientists at the trough. The RS helpfully offer a filter tool, which allows us to drill down into fellowships for climate science. In all there are 14.
Their fellowships are worth:
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At the end of the day, most of this money comes from central govt, which contributes £46.8 million of the Society’s total income of £75.1 million.
Of course, I am sure that none of these will allow the money to influence their judgement!
Professor Tim Palmer FRS
Readers may recall that it was Prof Tim Palmer who turned up on the BBC’s Today programme last year, to discuss Cyclone Pam which had just hit Vanuatu.
He claimed that Pam had “produced record breaking winds” and said “it’s exactly this type of extreme cyclone that is predicted by the climate models to increase under climate change, under global warming”.
When John Humphrys suggested that we have always had cyclones, Palmer said that these latest ones have seen “wind gusts that have never been measured before, 200-plus mile an hour winds“. When Humphrys pressed him on this, asking him to confirm that they are quite unprecedented, Palmer repeated that “these things have never been seen“.
As I pointed out at the time, these claims were simply nonsense. There had been many other cyclones in recent years that had produced winds as strong and stronger in the South Pacific alone.
You don’t get much for £1.7 million these days, do you?