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Prof. Richard Horne - Profile

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British Antarctic Survey
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Richard B. Horne is an individual merit scientist (IM band 2) at the British Antarctic Survey and Honary Professor at the University of Sheffield.   He has a B.Sc. in Physics, a Doctorate in Space Plasma Physics, and over 33 years research experience. Between 2000-2010 he led two large research programmes at the British Antarctic Survey and currently leads a European Framework 7 programme called SPACESTORM to help protect satellites from Space Weather. He also leads research projects to study how energetic charged particles affect the Earth's atmosphere and influence climate, and particle acceleration processes at the Earth, Jupiter and Saturn.

Richard has a special interest in particle acceleration, planetary radiation belts and Space Weather.  In 2005 he won achievement awards from NASA and ESA for his research showing that electron acceleration by very low frequency waves is a major process for forming the Earth's Van Allen radiation belts.  These ideas are being tested by the new NASA RBSP satellite mission in 2012.  Richard has also worked on wave heating of plasmas and wave propagation at the Earth and planets. 

Richard has also worked on hazard risk to satellites for UK Insurance companies and, as part of a team led by Alcatel Space (Paris), conducted a feasibility study on Space Weather for the European Space Agency.  He has provided scientific advice on Space Weather for a Prime Ministerial briefing and for the House of Commons Select Committee on Science and Technology, and on Defence.  He is a member of the Space Environment Impacts Expert Group which provides advice for the Civil Contingencies Unit at the Cabinet Office.

Richard has published more than 145 research papers, including 3 in Nature and 2 in Nature Physics, and has a Thompson h index of 44.  He has numerous international collaborations, serves on UK advisory committees for space missions and NASA funding panels.  He is a Co-Investigator on the ESA Cluster satellites and the NASA Van Allen Probes satellite mission.  He is former International Chair for Commission H of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI) and former Vice President of the Royal Astronomical Society.   He was elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union in 2011.