David Glyn Vaughan OBE (Professor)

David Glyn Vaughan was born on 23 October 1962 in the hospital at RAF Akrotiri, Nicosia, Cyprus, although at the time, his parents lived in Tobruk, Libya.  After the family returned to the UK, David attended Yateley Comprehensive School and then Ivybridge Community College. In 1984 David completed his first degree in Natural Sciences (Physics) at Churchill College, Cambridge followed by a Masters degree in Geophysics at Durham University.  David joined British Antarctic Survey (BAS) in 1985 as a Glacier Geophysicist and became Director of Science and the lead for the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC).  He contributed to the building of the BEDMAP compilations, accumulation re-assessments, the AGASEA aerogeophysical mapping, and the International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration, the largest joint Antarctic research effort between the US and UK since 1947.  David provided vital input to the route planning systems used on the RRS Sir David Attenborough.  From his work in Antarctica, David was one of the first scientists who wrote about the effects of climate change.  In 2017 he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to glaciology.  David was a keen sailor, wild swimmer, fell runner and walker, Iron Man competitor, cyclist, skier, horse rider, dog lover and a skilled leather worker.  David and Jacqui were married in 2005 and they lived in Northamptonshire.

Celebrant: Ian Willox