Ray Bradley grew up in England but moved to the United States when he was 21 to study at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research at the University of Colorado, where he earned an M.A. and PhD. He then took a job at the University of Massachusetts, where he is now a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Geosciences and Director of the Climate System Research Center. He was trained as a climatologist, but became interested in paleoclimatology early in his career, and this has been his primary research focus. He received a D.Sc from Southampton University in 2003 for his contributions in paleoclimatology. He has spent a lot of time in the Canadian High Arctic, Greenland, and northern Norway, studying how climate changes have been recorded in the landscape, particularly in the sediments of lakes. He has written or edited more than a dozen books and over 200 articles on climate change. Notable books include Paleoclimatology (now in its 3rd edition), Global Warming and Political Intimidation (in English and Japanese editions) and Climate Since AD 1500 (with P.D. Jones). He is a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a Foreign Member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters. In 2007 he received the Oeschger Medal of the European Geosciences Union, and was awarded Honorary doctorates from Lancaster University (UK) in 2006 and Queen's University (Canada) in 2013.