Roy M. Harrison
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Roy M. Harrison

Roy Michael Harrison (born 1948)[1]OBE FRS FRSC FRMetS[4] is the Queen Elizabeth II Birmingham Centenary Professor of Environmental health at the University of Birmingham in the UK and a Distinguished Adjunct Professor at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.[2][5]


Harrison was educated at Henley Grammar School[1] and the University of Birmingham where he was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry in 1969, followed by a PhD in Organic chemistry in 1972 and a Doctor of Science in Environmental chemistry in 1989.[3] His PhD research investigated sigmatropic reactions of tropolone ethers.[6][7]

Research and career

Harrison is an expert on air pollution, specialising in the area of airborne particulates, including nanoparticles.[8] His interests extend from source emissions, through atmospheric chemical and physical transformations,[9] to human exposures and effects upon health.[4] His most significant work has been in the field of vehicle emitted particles, including their chemical composition and atmospheric processing.[4][10] This forms the basis of the current understanding of the relationship of emissions to roadside concentrations and size distributions.[4][11][12]

In addition to leading a large project on diesel exhaust particles, he is also engaged in major collaborative studies of processes determining air quality in Beijing and Delhi.[4]

Awards and honours

Harrison's work has been recognised by award of the John Jeyes Medal and Environment Prize of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Fitzroy Prize of the Royal Meteorological Society. He has served for many years as a chair and/or member of advisory committees of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Department of Health. He was appointed Order of the British Empire OBE in the 2004 New Year Honours for services to environmental science[13] and elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2017.[4]


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  2. ^ a b Entry at ORCID
  3. ^ a b Anon (2017). "Professor Roy Harrison OBE FRS". Archived from the original on 2017-02-23.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Anon (2017). "Professor Roy Harrison OBE FRS". London: Royal Society. One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from the website where:

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  5. ^ Roy M. Harrison publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  6. ^ Harrison, Roy M.; Hobson, John D.; Midgley, Alan W. (1973). "Claisen rearrangement of tropolone ethers. Part III". Journal of the Chemical Society, Perkin Transactions 1: 1960. doi:10.1039/p19730001960. ISSN 0300-922X.closed access
  7. ^ Harrison, Roy Michael (1973). Sigmatropic rearrangements of tropolone ethers. (PhD thesis). University of Birmingham. OCLC 911143208.
  8. ^ Harrison, Roy M.; Yin, Jianxin (2000). "Particulate matter in the atmosphere: which particle properties are important for its effects on health?". Science of the Total Environment. 249 (1-3): 85-101. Bibcode:2000ScTEn.249...85H. doi:10.1016/S0048-9697(99)00513-6. ISSN 0048-9697.closed access
  9. ^ Dall'Osto, Manuel; Ovadnevaite, Jurgita; Paglione, Marco; Beddows, David C. S.; Ceburnis, Darius; Cree, Charlotte; Cortés, Pau; Zamanillo, Marina; Nunes, Sdena O. (2017). "Antarctic sea ice region as a source of biogenic organic nitrogen in aerosols". Scientific Reports. 7 (1): 6047. Bibcode:2017NatSR...7.6047D. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-06188-x. ISSN 2045-2322. PMC 5519629. PMID access
  10. ^ Harrison, Roy M.; Beddows, David C. (2017). "Efficacy of Recent Emissions Controls on Road Vehicles in Europe and Implications for Public Health". Scientific Reports. 7 (1): 1152. Bibcode:2017NatSR...7.1152H. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-01135-2. ISSN 2045-2322. PMC 5430659. PMID access
  11. ^ Harrison, Roy M.; Smith, D. J. T.; Luhana, L. (1996). "Source Apportionment of Atmospheric Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons Collected from an Urban Location in Birmingham, U.K.". Environmental Science & Technology. 30 (3): 825-832. Bibcode:1996EnST...30..825H. doi:10.1021/es950252d. ISSN 0013-936X.closed access
  12. ^ Castro, L.M.; Pio, C.A.; Harrison, Roy M.; Smith, D.J.T. (1999). "Carbonaceous aerosol in urban and rural European atmospheres: estimation of secondary organic carbon concentrations". Atmospheric Environment. 33 (17): 2771-2781. Bibcode:1999AtmEn..33.2771C. doi:10.1016/S1352-2310(98)00331-8. ISSN 1352-2310.closed access
  13. ^ "No. 57155". The London Gazette (11th supplement). 2003-12-31. p. 11.

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