theWeather Club columnist wins Royal Society book award

Friday 18th Nov 2011 by theWeather Club

Image: Gavin Pretor-Pinney

It seems that news of awards continue to arrive here at theWeather Club central, this time the thoroughly deserving recipient is Gavin Pretor-Pinney. His latest book The Wavewatcher's Companion was announced as the winner of the 2011 Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books, by the Royal Society on November 17th. The founder of the hugely popular Cloud Appreciation Society - which boasts members from across the globe - also happens to pen our regular cloud spotters column 'Cloud spotting for beginners.'

In The Wavewatcher's Companion, Gavin Pretor-Pinney, takes time out from cloud-spotting to explain what waves are and explore how they appear everywhere around us. Gavin said: "I'm really grateful to the jury, Royal Society and Winton Capital Management. What interests me in science is that it follows from being curious about the world around us. I hope my book motivates others to be curious too!"

Sir Paul Nurse, President of the Royal Society, presented the prize to Gavin at an award ceremony held at the Royal Society. Richard Holmes, Chair of the judges said: "Popular science is an increasingly important genre, and this is an increasingly important prize. At the heart of the scientific enterprise is a desire to explore our world, and to understand it better. The Wavewatcher's Companion used relatively straight-forward science to transform our perspective on the world around us, both visible and invisible, in a completely radical way. From Mexican waves to electro-magnetic waves, it gave us a new delight and fascination in our immediate surroundings. We were inspired to see waves everywhere, and we were given an almost poetic vision of a dynamic universe. It is a book of old-fashioned charm and wit, provocatively organized and illustrated, and marvellously deft with its presentation of hard modern science. In short, it is a delightful winner."

It just falls to us to add that Gavin is also a delightful person as well, so it is with great delight that we send him our warmest congratulations as we look forward to more enjoyable columns for many issues to come.