Dr William James Brown

Dr William James Brown

Global Geomagnetic Field Modeller

Location: BGS Edinburgh

Tel: 0131 6500 372

E-mail Dr William James Brown

ORCID: 0000000190459787


  • 2015 – ongoing : Global Geomagnetic Field Modeller
  • 2011 –2015 : PhD; University of Leeds; Geomagnetism
  • 2009 –2010 : Exchange student; Colorado School of Mines; Geophysics
  • 2007 –2011 : MGeophys, BSc; University of Leeds; Geophysics

Key papers

  • Cox, GA, Brown, W J, Billingham, L and Holme, R. 2018. MagPySV: a Python package for processing and denoising geomagnetic observatory data. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems.
  • Brown, W, Beggan, C and Macmillan, S. 2016. Geomagnetic jerks in the Swarm Era. In: ESA Living Planet Symposium, Prague, Czech Republic, 9-13 May 2016. Spacebooks Online.
  • Brown, W J, Mound, J E, and Livermore, P W. 2013. Jerks abound: An analysis of geomagnetic observatory data from 1957 to 2008 Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, (233)62-76.
  • Cox, G A, and Brown, W J. 2013. Rapid dynamics of the Earth's core Astronomy and Geophysics, 54(5)5.32-5.37

Professional association

  • Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society
  • Member of the American Geophysical Union
  • Member of the European Geosciences Union

Published outputs

Research interests

  • Geomagnetic field modelling
  • Geomagnetic jerks and rapid secular variation