Professor David Southwood

Senior Research Investigator at Imperial College London

Senior Research Investigator, Imperial College London

David is the past chairman of the Steering Board of the UK Space Agency. After an academic career as a space scientist, he joined European Space Agency in 1997 to draw up a new Earth Observation programme, essentially that in use now. In 2001 he became ESA Science Director, retiring in 2011. He was president of the Royal Astronomical Society 2012-2014 and is currently a senior research investigator at Imperial College. He is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, was awarded the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal and won the 2011 Sir Arthur C. Clarke award for space achievement. He received a CBE in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to space science and industry in the United Kingdom and Europe.