Environment Prize 2017 Winner
University of Leeds
Awarded for outstanding contributions to understanding the chemistry of the Earth's atmosphere through measurements of the hydroxyl radical, and impacts on the international societal response to deteriorating air quality and changing climate
About the Winner
Dwayne Heard was born in Barnstaple, North Devon, and grew up on a dairy farm near Hartland. He attended Shebbear College before studying at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he received a B.A. in Chemistry in 1986. Remaining in Oxford and under the supervision of Gus Hancock, he completed his D.Phil. in 1990 in the Physical Chemistry Laboratory, where he built a time-resolved step-scan FTIR spectrometer for the study of chemical kinetics and dynamics. He then moved to SRI International in Menlo Park, California, where he undertook a postdoc with David Crosley, working both in laser-based combustion diagnostics and atmospheric spectroscopy. In 1992 he moved to the School of Chemistry at Macquarie University as a lecturer, before coming to the School of Chemistry at the University of Leeds in March 1994, where he held a Royal Society University Research Fellowship until 2002. He was a Visiting Fellow at JILA, University of Colorado in 2000, became Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry in 2004, and was Head of School from 2009-2013.
His research interests include quantitative field measurements of hydroxyl (OH) and other short-lived intermediates in the atmosphere from surface- and aircraft-based platforms using laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy, which are compared with calculations from constrained box models using the Master Chemical Mechanism. Other interests include laboratory and chamber measurements of the reaction kinetics and photochemistry of gas phase and aerosol processes pertinent to Earth's atmosphere, and very low temperature studies of the kinetics of reactions in interstellar space and planetary atmospheres using a pulsed Laval nozzle apparatus.
Professor Heard's Webpage
University of Leeds
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