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Royal Meteorological Society
Established3 April 1850 Edit this on Wikidata (174 years ago)
FoundersJohn Lee, James Glaisher, Samuel Charles Whitbread Edit this on Wikidata
Typeslearned society, open-access publisher Edit this on Wikidata
HeadquartersReading Edit this on Wikidata
CountryUnited Kingdom Edit this on Wikidata
Coordinates51°27′19″N 0°58′50″W / 51.45520991°N 0.98063042°W / 51.45520991; -0.98063042 Edit this at Wikidata
Membership3,162 (2020) Edit this on Wikidata
AffiliationsEuropean Meteorological Society, Science Council, National Council for Voluntary Organisations, International Forum for Meteorological Societies Edit this on Wikidata
Revenue1,106,097 pound sterling (2020) Edit this on Wikidata
Employees17 (2020) Edit this on Wikidata
Volunteers276 (2016, 2017) Edit this on Wikidata Edit this on Wikidata

The Royal Meteorological Society is a long-established institution that promotes academic and public engagement in weather and climate science. Fellows of the Society must possess relevant qualifications, but Associate Fellows can be lay enthusiasts. Its Quarterly Journal is one of the world's leading sources of original research in the atmospheric sciences. The chief executive officer is Liz Bentley.


The Royal Meteorological Society traces its origins back to 3 April 1850 when the British Meteorological Society was formed as "a society the objects of which should be the advancement and extension of meteorological science by determining the laws of climate and of meteorological phenomena in general". Along with nine others, including James Glaisher, John Drew, Edward Joseph Lowe, The Revd Joseph Bancroft Reade, and Samuel Charles Whitbread, Dr John Lee, an astronomer, of Hartwell House, near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire founded in the library of his house the British Meteorological Society, which became the Royal Meteorological Society.[1] It became The Meteorological Society in 1866, when it was incorporated by Royal Charter, and the Royal Meteorological Society in 1883, when Her Majesty Queen Victoria granted the privilege of adding 'Royal' to the title. Along with 74 others, the famous meteorologist Luke Howard joined the original 15 members of the Society at its first ordinary meeting on 7 May 1850. As of 2008 it has more than 3,000 members worldwide. The chief executive of the Society is Professor Liz Bentley. Paul Hardaker previously served as chief executive from 2006 to 2012.[2]


There are four membership categories:


The society regularly awards a number of medal and prizes, of which the Symons Gold Medal (established in 1901) and the Mason Gold Medal (established in 2006) are pre-eminent. The two medals are awarded alternately.

Other awards include the Buchan Prize, the Hugh Robert Mill Award, the L F Richardson Prize, the Michael Hunt Award, the Fitzroy Prize, the Gordon Manley Weather Prize, the International Journal of Climatology Prize, the Society Outstanding Service Award and the Vaisala Award.[4]


The society has a number of regular publications:[5]

All publications are available online but a subscription is required for some. However certain "classic" papers are freely available on the Society's website.[6]

Local centres and special interest groups

The society has several local centres across the UK.[7]

There are also a number of special interest groups which organise meetings and other activities to facilitate exchange of information and views within specific areas of meteorology.[8] These are informal groups of professionals interested in specific technical areas of the profession of meteorology. The groups are primarily a way of communicating at a specialist level.



Notable fellows

See also


  1. ^ Early members of the society Archived 4 August 2012 at
  2. ^ "An interview with Professor Paul Hardaker, the new Chief Executive of the Royal Meteorological Society". Weather. Royal Meteorological Society. 61 (11): 299. 16 January 2007. doi:10.1002/wea.2006611102. S2CID 247674671.
  3. ^ The Oxford Dictionary of Abbreviations. Oxford University Press. 1998. p. 176.
  4. ^ "Royal Meteorological Society". Archived from the original on 28 August 2018. Retrieved 18 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Publications – Royal Meteorological Society". Archived from the original on 1 August 2019. Retrieved 28 December 2019.
  6. ^ "Classic Papers". Archived from the original on 28 December 2019. Retrieved 28 December 2019.
  7. ^ "Local Centres". Archived from the original on 29 August 2018. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
  8. ^ "Special Interest Groups". Archived from the original on 27 August 2018. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
  9. ^ Royal Meteorological Society. "History of the Society: RMetS Past Presidents". Archived from the original on 12 November 2021. Retrieved 15 August 2021.
  10. ^ "Thomson, Robert Dundas" . Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
  11. ^ Lee, Sidney, ed. (1901). "Symons, George James" . Dictionary of National Biography (1st supplement). London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  12. ^ "Royal Meteorological Society". The Times. No. 36076. London. 27 February 1900. p. 5.
  13. ^ "New President takes up office". Royal Meteorological Society. 1 October 2018. Archived from the original on 12 April 2019. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  14. ^ "New President and Vice-Presidents take up office". Royal Meteorological Society. 30 September 2020. Archived from the original on 15 August 2021. Retrieved 15 August 2021.
  15. ^ "Fellows" (PDF). Royal Meteorological Society. p. 11. Archived (PDF) from the original on 15 May 2021. Retrieved 15 May 2021.