Eric Wolff worked at the British Antarctic Survey for more than 30 years before a Royal Society Research Professorship took him to the University of Cambridge in 2013. He told Craig Nicholson why he thinks the Royal Society wants to fund people who are doing work that is “just damn interesting”.
What’s your area of research?
I study ice cores—cylinders of ice drilled out of the Antarctic and the Greenland ice sheet—in order to understand past climate going back about 800,000 years. The idea is that ice contains a lot of information about climate and about what caused climate change in the past, and by understanding that we can learn useful information about what might happen to the climate in the future.