Jon Shanklin
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Jon Shanklin
Jonathan David Shanklin
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Jonathan Shanklin in Antarctica, summer 2012
Born (1953-09-29) 29 September 1953 (age 66)
Known forOzone Hole Discovery
AwardsThe Chree Medal and Prize (2001)
Scientific career
FieldsPhysics, Meteorology (Professional)
Botany, Hepatics, Astronomy (Amateur)
InstitutionsBritish Antarctic Survey

Jonathan Shanklin is a meteorologist who has worked at the British Antarctic Survey since 1977. Together with Joe Farman and Brian G. Gardiner he discovered the "Ozone Hole" in the 1980s.[1][2]

Shanklin has described his role at the BAS as being that of a "general dogsbody" at the time of the discovery of the "ozone hole" .[3] He calibrated an instrument called the Dobson Ozone Spectrophotometer which provided data on atmospheric ozone.

In an article discussing the discovery, the BBC quotes him as saying

Perhaps the most startling lesson from the ozone hole is just how quickly our planet can change. Given the speed with which humankind can affect it, following the precautionary principle is likely to be the safest road to future prosperity.[4]

Jon maintains the ozone pages at BAS. He plays cricket, is a bell-ringer, an active local naturalist and is a keen amateur astronomer, being Director of the British Astronomical Association's Comet Section [1].


  1. ^ Farman, J. C.; Gardiner, B. G.; Shanklin, J. D. (1985). "Large losses of total ozone in Antarctica reveal seasonal ClOx/NOx interaction". Nature. 315 (6016): 207. Bibcode:1985Natur.315..207F. doi:10.1038/315207a0.
  2. ^ Shanklin, J. (2010). "Reflections on the ozone hole". Nature. 465 (7294): 34-35. Bibcode:2010Natur.465...34S. doi:10.1038/465034a. PMID 20445611.
  3. ^ Thirty years on...
  4. ^ Richard Black (2010), Deep reflections on the ozone story

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