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Philip Campbell

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Honorary Fellow
Publishing, Research Publishing
Springer Nature
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Sir Philip Campbell

Sir Philip Campbell is Editor-in-Chief of Springer Nature. He was Editor-in-Chief of Nature from 1995-2018; the Founding Editor-in-Chief of Physics World in 1988-95. He began his career as a researcher in upper-atmospheric physics, before becoming Physical Sciences Editor in his first stint at Nature in 1979.

His contacts with Clare Hall members and Fellows arose especially in relation to research into mental illnesses, which he championed at Nature and across the publishing company from 2010, and also as a founding trustee and then Chair of the charity MQ: transforming mental health.

His professional role is primarily to catalyse new content across imprints (Nature journals, Springer, BMC, Palgrave Macmillan, Scientific American), especially in relation to societal challenges such as the future of physical and mental health, and the future of food from land and water. He also catalyses new collaborations with researchers and research stakeholders to help maximise societal impacts of research and research publications, and to help document such impacts.

Select publications

  • Declines in Mental Health Workforce Need to Be Met by More Rigorous Employer Support, Kelly McCain and Philip Campbell, Scientific American, 14 September (2021)
  • Four principles to make evidence synthesis more useful for policy, Christl A. Donnelly, Ian Boyd, Philip Campbell, Claire Craig, Patrick Vallance, Mark Walport, Christopher J. M. Whitty, Emma Woods & Chris Wormald, Nature 558 361-364 (2018)
  • Understanding the receivers and the reception of science’s uncertain messages, Philip Campbell, Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. 369 4891-4912 (2011), doi:10.1098/rsta.2011.0068
  • Towards responsible use of cognitive enhancing drugs by the healthy, H Greely, B Sahakian, J Harris, R Kessler, M Gazzaniga, P Campbell, M Farah Nature 456 702-705 (2008)
  • Escape from the impact factor, Philip Campbell, Ethics in science and environmental politics, 8 5-7 (2008)published online 3 January 2008, doi 10.3354/esep00078
  • The music of digital computers, Philip Campbell, Nature, 324, 523-8 (1986)

Select awards

  • Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of British Science Writers, 2019
  • Knight Bachelor for services to science, Queen’s Birthday Honours, 2015
  • Hon DSc, University of Bristol, 2008
  • Hon DSc, University of Leicester, 1999

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