Professor Sir David King, FRS
Professor Sir David King is Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, University of Cambridge; Founder and Chair of the Centre for Climate Repair in the University; Chair of the Climate Crisis Advisory Group; an Affiliate Partner of SYSTEMIQ Limited; Senior Strategy Adviser to the President of Rwanda. He served as Founding Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University, 2008-2012, Head of the Department of Chemistry at Cambridge University, 1993-2000, and Master of Downing College Cambridge 1995 - 2000.
He was the UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser, 2000-2007, the Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative on Climate Change, 2013-2017, and Chair of Future Cities Catapult, 2012-2016. He has travelled widely to persuade all countries to act on climate change. He initiated an in-depth risk analysis approach to climate change, working with the Governments of China and India in, and initiated a collaborative programme, now known as Mission Innovation, to create a £23bn pa research and development international exercise, which involved 22 countries and the EC, to deliver all technologies needed to complete the transition into a fossil-fuel-free world economy.
Elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 1991; Foreign Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2002; knighted in 2003; made “Officier dans l’ordre national de la Légion d’honneur” in 2009. In Feb 2022 he was awarded the AAAS David and Betty Hamburg award for Science Diplomacy.
The jury for the Prix Pictet are a group of leading experts in the visual arts from around the world including directors of major museums and galleries as well as journalists and critics. They lead the global search for images of high artistic quality and narrative power and fit the theme of a particular cycle.
Sir David King, FRS (Chair)
Founder and Chair, Climate Crisis Advisory Group
Director, Department of Photography, Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Executive Director At Oya
President, Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Geneva
Arts editor of the Financial Times
Joyce Frank Menschel Curator in Charge of Metropolitan Museum’s Department of Photographs
Winner, Prix Pictet ‘Fire’ (2021)