Professor Peter Bullock

Professor Peter Bullock 1937–2008

  • Distinguished British soil scientist
  • Graduated from Birmingham in 1958 with a BA in Geography
  • Demonstrated the role played by soil in the Earth’s ecosystem and the impact of climate change on land degradation

Although not formally one of the University’s 10 Nobel prize winners, Professor Peter Bullock contributed to the reports of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He demonstrated the role played by soil in the Earth's ecosystem and the impact of climate change on land degradation.

A staunch advocate of the need to treat soil as a sustainable resource, Professor Bullock spread greater knowledge about man-made climate change through his research work and laid the foundations for counteracting it.

He also developed the ‘Soil-Net’ educational internet portal for teachers and their students.

Professor Bullock joined the Soil Survey of England and Wales (SSEW) as a surveyor after graduating from Birmingham. He then completed a masters degree in agricultural chemistry at the University of Leeds.

He became a world expert in soil micromorphology after taking the post as head of the mineralogy section of the SSEW. After being appointed as Director of the Soil Survey and Land Research Centre in 1986, his involvement in national and international scientific and advisory bodies grew.