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David Thornalley awarded 2016 Leverhulme Prize

Second year of success for UCL Geography

David Thornalley awarded 2016 Leverhulme Prize

Dr David Thornalley, of UCL Geography, was one of five UCL researchers recognised by the award of this year's Philip Leverhulme Prizes.

These prizes, worth £100,000, recognise researchers who have achieved international success in the early stages of their careers, and are awarded to support their further research.

David was recognised for his work on climate change. He says:

"I'm delighted to receive this prize and excited about the research opportunities that can be pursued using the funds. My research investigates the interaction between past climate change and the circulation of the Atlantic Ocean on timescales of decades to millennia - events which may have both impacted, and been impacted by, human civilizations.

An overarching aim is to improve our understanding of the stability of the climate system and predictions of its future behaviour. The generous Leverhulme Award will greatly help these efforts."

This is the second year running that UCLGeography staff have been awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize, after Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh’s success in 2015.

The Leverhulme Trust was established in 1925 by the Will of William Hesketh Lever, the founder of Lever Brothers, to provide grants and scholarships for research and education. Today it is one of the largest all-subject providers of research funding in the UK, distributing over £60m a year.

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