About the Author
Professor Fredric W. Taylor is Halley Professor of Physics and Fellow of Jesus College, University of Oxford. He was educated in Northumberland, Liverpool, and Oxford, and has held appointments at Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics, Oxford and at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology. He has been principal or co-investigator on a number of experimental missions into space, and has been awarded various honours, including: the NASA Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement (1981), Rank Prize in Opto-electronics (1989), twelve NASA Achievement Awards, (1980 onwards), Bates Medal of the European Geophysical Society for Excellence in the Planetary Sciences (2005). He is a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society (Vice-President 2005-8), and of the Royal Astronomical Society, and a member of the American Astronomical Society, Division of Planetary Sciences, and the International Astronomical Union.