Sir Keith O'Nions | BGS Board Chair

Sir Keith O'Nions

Sir Keith O'Nions was the chief scientific advisor to the Ministry of Defence from January 2000 until 2004, after which he moved to the Department of Trade and Industry (later the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills) to become director general of 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, and served on the board of the Natural History Museum from 1995 to 2005 (chair from 2002).

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), a fellow of the Indian National Science Academy (2001) and an honorary fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (2005). He has received honorary doctorates from a number of universities. He currently serves on the board of A*STAR and the board of trustees of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; the board of trustees of the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) in Saudi Arabia, and the board of Plymouth University. He is also a trustee of The Black Stork Charity (Defence National Rehabilitation Centre). Sir Keith was knighted for services to earth sciences in the 1999 Queen's Birthday Honours.