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UCL researchers recognised in Leverhulme prizes

25 October 2016

Five UCL researchers have been recognised in this year's Philip Leverhulme Prizes. These awards recognise the achievement of researchers who have already achieved international success in the early stages of their careers.

This year’s prize winners are: Dr David Thornalley (Department of Geography), Professor Uta Schönberg (Department of Economics), Dr Lily Okalani Kahn (Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies), Dr Vanesa Castán Broto (The Bartlett) and Dr Alexandra Silva (Department of Computer Science).

The prize winners, who include three from the Joint Faculty of Arts & Humanities and Social & Historical Sciences, will get £100,000 to spend on their research.

Eroding cliff face in south east England

Dr David Thornalley (Department of Geography) was recognised for his work in climate change. He says the prize money will be help to continue research into our understanding of our climate system. 

"I'm delighted to receive this prize and am excited about the research opportunities that can be pursued using the funds. My research investigates the interaction between past climate change and the circulation of the Atlantic Ocean on timescales of decades to millennia - events which may have both impacted, and been impacted by, human civilizations. An overarching aim is to improve our understanding of the stability of the climate system and predictions of its future behaviour. The generous Leverhulme Award will greatly help these efforts."

The Leverhulme Trust was established by the Will of William Hesketh Lever, the founder of Lever Brothers. Since 1925 the Trust has provided grants and scholarships for research and education. Today, it is one of the largest all-subject providers of research funding in the UK, distributing over £60m a year.