Sir Keith O’Nions
Member, NTU Board of Trustees
Professor Sir Keith O’Nions was President and Rector of Imperial College until 1st September 2014.
Sir Keith has previously held the positions of Professor of Geology at Columbia University, Royal Society Research Professor at Cambridge and Head of Earth Sciences at Oxford.
He was Chief Scientific Advisor to the Ministry of Defence between January 2000 and July 2004. He then moved to the Department of Trade and Industry, later known as the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, to become Director General, Science and Innovation, and Chief Scientific Advisor – a position he held until 2008.
Sir Keith has participated in a broad range of academic and technological committees. In 1979 he became a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and a Member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters in 1980. He has been a Fellow of the Royal Society since 1983, an Honorary fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences (1998), Fellow of the Indian national Science Academy (2001) and Honorary fellow Royal academy of Engineering (2005). He has also received honorary doctorates from a number of Universities.
Sir Keith was knighted for services to earth sciences in the 1999 Queen's Birthday Honours.