Philip Campbell is a distinguished scientist with a career spanning several decades. He began his academic journey with a PhD and postdoctoral research in atmospheric physics. In 1979, he took on the role of Physical Sciences Editor at Nature, one of the world’s most renowned scientific journals. He held this position until 1988, when he was appointed as the Founding Editor-in-Chief of Physics World, a position he held until 1995. In 1995, he was appointed as the Editor-in-Chief of Nature, a position he held for 23 years until 2018.
In 2018, He took the role of Editor-in-Chief of Springer Nature, where he currently encourages publication of research in various books, journals and magazines related to societal challenges, including on sustainable use of oceans, climate change adaptation, and mental health.
His contributions to the scientific community have been recognized by many prestigious organizations. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, and an elected Fellow of the Institute of Physics. In 2015, he was knighted for his services to science.